Sunday, November 9, 2008


On January 18,1927,
God blessed this Earth with a gift from Heaven.

He poured His love and many blessings into this one life,
As she took the role of aunt, grandma, mother, and wife.

My earliest memories of her go back to Peasley Hill,
Where being on the farm with my cousins gave me such a thrill.

Those happy days on the Perry farm in Gold
Came to an end when I was ten, so I wasn't very old.

At that time, my attractions had been focused on playing with my cousins or eating a feast at their big table.
I didn't know then how my focus later would turn to this fun lady, my Aunt Mable.

She had a good sense of humor and said things that were silly,
Like, instead of the "powder room", she went to the "zilly".

Many times we watched hair around her finger spin,
As she, routinely, placed each bobby pin.

Even pouring milk in her coffee could be fun
As she said to stop when it was the color of a hamburger bun.

We shared news with each other letter after letter,
And yet, her spelling never got any better.

We loved to hear her stories about "Little Boy Blue" ,
And the one with quote, "Mable, do you have a quarter?", to name a few...

She would break into a song after hearing one word,
And even make up a verse we had never heard.

She knew how to sew, hang wallpaper, and decorate,
And make something nice with an old orange crate.

She had beautifully dressed dolls by the galore,
Found on a shelf or having tea at a table on the floor.

Her home was always open with a place to lay your head,
And her home-cooking and desserts kept you well-fed.

The special moments that I remember the most
Were when at night we had hot chocolate and home-made toast.

No matter how tired she would be,
She took the time to stay up and talk with me.

My memories of Aunt Mable go beyond measure,
And they will always be a part of my life that I treasure.

So,when in Heaven, after my life's journey has come to an end,
I will once again see Mable Perry, my aunt, my dearest friend.

Melanie Morley
November 8, 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Remembrances of Mable Perry

I guess it doesn't really matter at what point in her life that contacts were made , but that the lasting impressions of her are still the same ---- of a warm, loving , caring , servant of God , who welcomed ALL into her sphere of joy, laughter , and comfort ! She was so special to everyone she ever knew in a personal , gratifying way .

I recall the many trips to SC , often en route to DisneyWorld ( some at Christmastime ) , our base for attending the Olympics in Atlanta in '96 , and many visits up north in Potter Co. in which I had the ultimate privilege of sharing her hospitality and pleasant, encompassing companionship . This created a treasured volume of sweet memories of times spent together that I will revere always !

Her love of dolls and miniatures inspired me to have my brother Ken produce small replicas of her home in Potter Co. and the Pink House in Wellsville ----- as tokens of her life's dreams .

The food , nurturing , and love she offered so freely mark her supreme goal in life to enhance all that passed her way . I feel so lucky to have experienced her charms and charities , albeit in the latter portion of her life .

What she meant to all of us is a testimonial to her very being and so worthy of our admiration & love for all time . That spirit lives on in each of her offspring as the overwhelming tribute to her humble greatness !

Roger Parker

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Our Mother

This lovely tribute was written by Trina Shoaf about her mother, Mable Perry. I know that all of grandma's children feel the same, as well as her grandchildren.

O - Others.
This was her motto - from the keeping of babies of migrant workers to the caring of her aged mother.

U - Understanding.
You could always pour out your heart to Ma. She listened, she cared, and she always seemed to understand. Sometimes she gave advice, sometimes she didn't; but you always felt better after you talked to Ma.

R - Rare.
A price far above rubies.
She was a 'joyful mother of children' - Proverbs 113:9.
She worked 'willingly with her hands' - Proverbs 31:13.
She 'looked well to the ways of her household' - Proverbs 31:27.
The heart of her husband trusted in her - Proverbs 31:11.
Like Sarah, she followed her husband when he went out and sojourned in a strange country - Hebrews 11:8,9.

M - Mommy, Ma.
She was a 'keeper at home' - Titus 2:5.
She was home when we got up in the morning.
She was home singing throughout the day.
She was home when we came home from school.
She was home to tuck us in at night.
She was there - it was home.

O - Old.
She was old and gray-headed (although she never seemed to age) and she showed God's strength to our generation and the next - Psalm 71:8.
Strength and honor were her clothing - Proverbs 31:25.
She was content during the good times and the bad.She accepted God's will for her life.

She knew her Lord, she loved Him, and she trusted Him.

T - Tender.
A tender heart - 'Out of the abundance of her heart, she spoke.'
Tears flowed easily.
Oh how she loved all the creatures great and small; all people rich or poor.

H - Humble.
Webster's Dictionary: 1.) Not proud or haughty: Not arrogant or assertive. This was our Mother.

E - Everybody's friend.
She was just as comfortable in Brenda's humble home eating corn bread and beans as in Mrs. Boyd's fine home eating chicken salad on fine china and drinking coffee from a silver pot.

R - Remember.
Our Mother, we love her, we miss her. May her rare beauty always remain vivid in our memory and may her children always rise up and call her blessed.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Psalm 116:15
November 6, 2005