by Margaret Fox Tough Times and a Loving Church
told in front of a sermon October 2016
We came to Port Coquitlam some 45 years ago, a family of 6. My husband worked for the city of Port Coquitlam, and so we settled in. I started working at Riverview (Psychiatric Hospital) and stayed for 15 years. My husband passed away suddenly in his sleep at age 47. The children and I moved to Coquitlam, and we managed to cope with this loss. And time passed… and eventually the children started going their separate ways, as they graduated from high school and started college. I retired, but start house cleaning to make ends meet. My oldest daughter was killed at age 37 and left 3 little ones. It was so hard. My daughter Sandra moved to Vancouver, so when an apartment in her building became available I moved with much excitement to join her. But shortly after the move I had a stroke, and was diagnosed with cancer, and ended up having a double mastectomy.
One day a lady told me about this wonderful church, St. Andrew’s-Wesley, and I decided to take the plunge and check it out. Well I have been enjoying the love and friendship for four years now. Volunteer work has filled my life and my soul, like helping Jen at Parents and Tots drop-in. And baking cookies for our never-ending coffee consumers has become a life-long commitment. So many good friends; and my relationship with Gary, Dan and Jen cannot be measured.
So here I am, an 86 year old who enjoys life with my church and family.