Hands Of Service To the End.

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© Andrea Petersen
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Doing the will of God from the heart..Ephesians 6: 6

This was difficult for me to put together but it is something I have been wanting to do for awhile and I feel the timing was right for me to do this now...

This collage is memory of my late mother who passed away at 102 years old on October 26th, 2011.

The top pictures that are grouped together are of her paintings and calligraphy that she donated to her church where she had been a member for 75 years. Thankfully I had the presence of mind to shoot those pictures on the day of her funeral on Nov.1st, 2011

The bottom picture on the left is of mother's hands at 101 years old playing her own piano that came with her when she went to the Nursing Home in 2010 and she played for activities there, much to the delight of the other residents and the nursing home staff..

The bottom right picture is of her hands at rest that I shot on the day of her funeral, and I knew as heart breaking as it was that I had to preserve that memory of her hands for all of the services that she accomplished.

Here is a brief description of some of the things that mother did for her community during her life time. She played the organ and piano for 75 years at the Exeland Methodist Church. She also played for many funerals and weddings at various churches throughout her lifetime. She taught piano lessons in her home for more than 60 years to many students including her two daughters. She was busy with many activities such as a 4-H leader, Village Clerk, Sunday School teacher, womens society president, Bible Study teacher, lay speaker and PTA president.

Her favorite expression the last year of her life was, I do not feel a day over 100.

20 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    Now THAT'S community service!! Well done, Andrea! What a great role model you had.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    Helping hands from a wonderful lady. She was extra special Andrea. Wonderful tribute and entry!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    very beautiful entry and tribute, Andrea !

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    A very moving collage and narrative of your mother's life of service! What a remarkable person she was! A beautiful tribute and entry for this theme!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    Wonderful tribute!

  • diana a

    diana a gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    very touching... hands say so much about a person...

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    This is wonderful, Andrea! What a tribute to your mothers memory and showing how much community service that she did! Not only was a she a talented piano and organ player, but she was a good artist and calligrapher also!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (17 Feb 2012):

    This is a beautiful tribute and the perfect entry. I always wonder about people's hands and wonder what new borns are going to do with theirs and the old, what they have done.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (17 Feb 2012):

    Marvelous tribute and entry, Andrea -- powerful.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (17 Feb 2012):

    She is in God's hands now. Such a lovely tribute to your beloved mother.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (17 Feb 2012):

    A wonderful compilation of beautiful and memorable photos. Well done!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (17 Feb 2012):

    Serving up JPG's Community with a 5 Star entry!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (17 Feb 2012):

    Thank you everyone for your kind response...I felt that I needed to make this page in remembrance of my mother in her contributions and the services that
    she did for her community over the years.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (17 Feb 2012):

    what a wonderful and moving tribute and photo you've created! love it, Andrea!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (17 Feb 2012):

    Very moving tribute to your Mum, Andrea! I love the collage, you're time & effort was well worth it ~ lovely entry for the theme ☺.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2012):

    A most fabulous and thankful theme entry....lovely

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    She was such an amazing woman. Wonderful tribute, my friend.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (21 Feb 2012):

    I would have loved to known your mother, Andrea! She didn't just call herself a Christian, she lived it her entire life. This is the finest example of community service I've seen by far. You did an outstanding job on this wonderful collage and narrative!!!

  • Dorothy Menosky

    Dorothy Menosky gave props (25 Feb 2012):


  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (2 Mar 2012):

    How sorry I am to return to JPG only to find your beautiful Mom has passed away Andrea.. I know from your pictures over the years that she was a ver beautiful and talented lady. This is a wonderful tribute to her and so brave of you, please accept my sincere sympathies for your loss. Hugs and prayers for you... Eithne!

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