Thank you for Millie. Thank you for her early life: for the love of her parents and the good times she had with her brothers and sisters; for her youth spent at the Southport Methodist church and the impact that would have on the rest of her life; for providing her with work through the difficult years of the depression and for leading her to George - who, in your mercy - was a good husband to her for 75 years.
Thank you for blessing her with nine children and for giving her the strength to raise them and teach them, for the years and years of hard work washing clothes, making fruit mince pies, cooking meals, making lemon tarts, cleaning the house, baking scones... Thank you for her obvious love for us - her grandchildren - for the handwritten envelopes at christmas time, for never forgetting our birthdays, for rejoicing in the births of our children.
Thank you for providing that support for her - largely through her children - that meant that she could live at home until just a few months ago.
Father, we thank you for her church family whom she loved and who loved her. Thank you that right until the end of her life she heard your word each week here at church, that she learned to trust you, and at the end she could take comfort in the hope of eternal life, that she knew that Jesus had bought for her.
Father, in our sadness of losing Millie, please help us to remember your promises that all who believe in you will see life beyond the grave. Strengthen us to trust in you so that on the last day we will rise with her and enjoy you forever.
In Jesus' name,