I have a very special person that I want to tell
you a little bit about.
Here she is!! Isn't she adorable??
Her name is Georganne Goble,
a lovely, wonderfully creative woman named Rose.
Who knew what this beautiful young lady
would contribute to the world?
Days faded into years, and she became
quite a winsome, poised, self-reliant woman.
She carried in her heart the dream of the man
she would some day marry and begin a
Little did she know that her youngest brother
who was in the Navy would be the one to introduce
her to the man she had been dreaming of.
It was his Navy buddy Woody, a bright, friendly,
confident, somewhat cocky young man
that would sweep her off her feet.
Woody finished out his time in the Navy,
married Jan, and went to
college at University of Florida to get his
degree in engineering.
By the time he graduated, their fourth child,
that being ME
A few years later Mom gave birth to two
more boys for a total of six kids.
This woman, my Mom, was the best Mom a
child could have. She was always there for
us at home, tending to her household and family,
and spent the
rest of her time volunteering at our schools,
with scouts and our church. Everyone's
needs came before her own.
She lived a life of complete humility as a shining
example of sacrificial motherly love.
When she was 72 years old, the doctors came to
the conclusion that she had developed Alzheimer's.
Within 3 years it was evident she wouldn't be
with us much longer. She and I were very close
and those years were quite difficult.
The Mom we knew slowly slipped into the past, and so
did her memory of all whom she loved and served
Here she is at our daughter Sam's wedding
We said goodbye to her in June 2004. I had
the amazing blessing of being at her side when
she stepped into eternity with God.
There just simply aren't words to describe
the depth of my love for this amazing
mother of mine. She was my closest confidant,
my cheerleader, my earthly example of Christ's
unfailing, unconditional love
and embodied everything one could desire in
In the 90's she came up with the idea of
having family reunions so this family, that was
growing larger everyday, would stay close to
each other through the years.
She and Dad handled all the arrangements,
and chipped in for those who couldn't afford to
make the trip on their own.
This was the beginning of the Allen Family Reunion,
a week long event that takes place
every other year in the Smoky
Mountains of North Carolina.
Yes, yes, we are one of those nutty families that
makes up our own reunion t-shirts, and that
spends an entire morning taking photos in our
matching t-shirts. Dorky, huh??
We LOVE it!!
Here is a photo from the last reunion Mom could
actively participate in. It's a photo of Mom and Dad
and their six kids.
I'm next to my Dad, my sister is next to Mom
with the four boys in the back.
Yes...to this day I still call them "the boys"
Dad passed less than 5 months after Mom.
In July, we are having our 3rd reunion without
them. Our reunions will never be quite
the same, but my Dad asked us to commit to
carrying on with them after they were gone.
The six of us made that commitment to him.
We promised to continue the tradition,
and pass on to the future generations the
legacy of love
they left us.
If you are blessed to still have your Mom with you,
please be sure to contact her and do
something special to honor her this
It is a commandment from God, you know!!
You will be blessed!
Love and Joy to You!!