Just Over The Rainbow! (A Tribute to Becky Newman)

The past several days have been anything but pleasant. Last Wednesday night our church prayer chain called saying Becky Newman had been taken to the hospital and was un-responsive. A feeling of dread overwhelmed me.

Let me tell you a little about Becky. First of all she was Robin and Missy’s mom, and step-mom to Mamie and Shane. I know I don’t have to tell you this Robin and Missy, but your mom loved you with everything she had, mind, body and soul. Robin, on your wedding day to Jackie your mom said this to me, “I can die happy now knowing my Robin is married to the man she loves.”

Becky was Nana to Jade, Logan, Emily, Lakyn, and Dylan, sister to Ivan, Vivian and Sherry, and wife to Rick. I loved watching the video of her with all of you. There is no doubt about the way she felt about you all! Emily I know you’ll miss your nite, nite’s from Nana on facebook.

Becky was a friend to everyone, and a true friend to me. Even though we fell out of touch from time to time, I could always depend on Becky to be the same loving friend today, tomorrow and always, no matter how long it had been since we’d last spoken.

My friend Becky, a lady who helped me through so many difficult times as a young wife and soon to be mother. We worked together in the late 70’s. I told her my worries and she told me hers. If there was ever a friend who I truly believed loved me it was Becky. Every time we ran into each other through the years we always felt the bond. We were two young women sharing our hearts desires and struggles. You never forget someone you’ve cried and shared your dreams with.

Becky was only 59 years old! One minute she was sitting in her recliner, the next she was gone. A simple trip to the bathroom and Becky was no more. No more on earth that is! Now she’s crossed the river and is resting on another shore. Still smiling, still hugging, still laughing and for sure still loving. Now Becky is not only known as mom, nana, sister, wife…. or friend. Now she is known as a child of God. I can just see her sitting at the feet of The Father, as He lovingly strokes her hair. No stress, no worries… nothing more to be nervous about… no tears.

We’ll miss you my dear friend, but I’ll just think of it as a time when we haven’t seen each other for a while, a time when you go your way and I go mine, but you can bet I’ll see you one day soon… somewhere just over the rainbow.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna H October 27, 2010 at 7:38 am

SArah:
What a wonderful tribute to Becky. I am sure the family will appreciate and cherish this blog.
You are such an inspiration to all of us….
~D

Sue Norman October 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

What a tribute’ if anyone can put it into words you can.. but she was truly a friend to everyone that knew her and will be missed ..

Terry October 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Sarah,

Thank you for putting into words what most of us are feeling about Becky. She smiled and laughed all the time but most of all she loved life and deeply loved her family. I know your words will comfort them and touch their hearts in the weeks and months to come.

Missy October 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Sarah:

Thank You for such sweet words about mama! I will keep this close to me always. Love you!

Tammy Macemore November 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

What a tribute to such a special lady..There was never a time I saw her that she didn’t tell me she loved me and I truly know she always meant it too!! She has such a special family and I love them all.. She will be missed!!

Jade November 5, 2010 at 7:04 am

Sarah.. thank you so much for writing this about my Nana. She was the best and I miss her so much. This means a lot what you wrote and I can’t wait to see her again one day! 🙂

Janice Phelps Williams November 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

Sarah,
I am so sorry to hear about your friend, Becky. I can imagine the loss feels overwhelming to those who knew and loved her. Thank you for sharing this friendship with your blog readers.
Janice

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