From Time into Eternity



Dearest Sister Friend. Last Saturday you stepped out of time and into eternity. You went from Labor to Reward. Your Loss was felt by co-workers, friends and family.  I miss you smile. I miss you laughter. I miss your corny jokes while standing waiting for the Cross Town Bus.  You were a Rose among the thorns. Softness in a bed of thorns. A Jewel who shined everywhere you went. Bringing Joy, Happiness, and Laughter to everyone who was Blessed to be in your presence.
Taken way too soon. You made your short time on this earth count. Beloved by many. Missed by all. Gone but never forgotten. Another Angel returned to God.
Rest in Peace My Precious Sister.  Sunrise: November 29, 1958. Sunset: October 22, 2016.

We will meet again. I Love You Bernadine.  You’re still my Girl! Wear that Heavenly Crown!

1 Corinthians 15:55-57

King James Version (KJV)

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Caravans- “The Old Rugged Cross”

“God Is” (1979)- Rev. James Cleveland


22 thoughts on “From Time into Eternity

    1. It really hit me today when I went to the viewing. Seeing her in that coffin made it real. Too real. Gone. Just. Like. That. She had just retired and had everything to live for. I’ll be crying for a long time. Life is short. We must make our limited time on this earth count for something.

      1. This is scary, DeBorah. A co-worker of mine retired in July and passed away last week. He’d had cancer for 10 years and never said a word. I’d love to retire now b/c I am getting closer to the age my mother died from cancer, but I can’t. We do need to make our short time here count for something–and it shouldn’t be for work!

      2. Yes it is scary and disturbing but we are not in control God is. As the expression goes, Man proposes. God disposes. When it is your time to go the Lord will call you home. I’m sad. It really hurt to see her lying there in that casket when she had everything going for her. Everything to live for. But her journey on this earth is over. My prayers are with her daughter and her sisters. Naturally I want to live longer than both my parents who both died in their 60s but as a Christian I know I must be ready to be with the Lord at any moment.

    1. Thank you. I know life must and does go on. Please pray for Bernadine’s daughter who is devastated by the loss of her mother. She needs your prayers more than me. I know what it is to lose your mother. Mine passed away 1998. Riri (I’ll call her that) is an only child so she has no siblings to lean on. Even though she is in her late 30s the pain is still real. I too was in my late 30s when my Mom died. Bernadine is in Heaven. Now the rest of us especially her family must learn how to cope without her.

      1. I will pray for your niece, I understand the deep grief she’s feeling because I lost my youngest son in 2007. I’m blessed to still have my mother, but the tremendous pain and sorrow I felt was almost unbearable. It has only been this year that I could speak of him without weeping. I will pray for her and all of you.

      2. Many Thanks. Bernadine, Riri and I are not related however I appreciate your prayers. Bernadine was my co-worker and friend. Riri is Bernadine’s Daughter. Riri does have at least two aunts that I saw at the wake last night. I read the story about your son. I have co-workers who have lost children to disease, accidents and murder. I never had children but I know it must be earth shattering for any parent to bury their child. My thoughts, prayers and heart goes out to you. God Bless.

  1. I’m sorry…my condolences. My thoughts and prayers go to RiRi during this time – I know what she’s going through. My son lost his father unexpectedly back in 2012, and he’s an only child as well. I hope she has extended family and close friends to help her through this difficult time.

    1. Thanks. Riri does have Aunts. One of her Aunts works with me at the museum as did Bernadine. This Aunt is a treasure just like Bernie. This is a difficult time for the entire family but as they band together all will get through the pain, hurt and sorrow.

      1. Riri used to also work at the museum but she now works elsewhere so I don’t see her but I do see her Aunt and one of her friends who works with me is going to stay with her this week so she won’t be alone.

    1. Yes. Bernadine was a vibrant bright shining star who left this earth way too soon. She brought joy, sunshine and happiness to everyone who knew her. The chapel was filled with people touched by her magnificent light. I still can’t believe she’s gone. The only consolation is knowing she is in the Heavenly Paradise with God and the Angels. Bernie got her wings.

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