Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In memory of a wonderful lady

I can't go forward with my normal blog postings without taking the time to give a tribute to my wife's mother; Marilyn Skaggs; who passed away recently in a tragic auto-pedestrian incident at the young age of 64. I first met Marilyn 26 years ago when my wife and I started dating, and was lucky enough to always enjoy a great relationship with her. She loved to come and visit with us, and we always had a great time and lots of laughs. The suddenness with which she was taken was quite a shock to all of us, and in many ways it still does not seem real.

I knew that Marilyn was a kind and generous woman, and I also knew that she had become fairly involved at her local church in the last few years. I was still amazed at her memorial service, though; as person after person recounted stories of her kindness and compassion. Marilyn always helped others out, without any thought or regard of her own comfort. And she had been so busy! Walking to the YMCA once or twice a day to work out, volunteering at the church on an almost daily basis, taking the bus somewhere or another... she certainly kept active!

Marilyn leaves behind 4 daughters and a son, all of whom are married; 14 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter (her husband Lee had passed away in 2004). She had kept a diary, and in one of her last entries she had written that she wanted to be a Godly mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. I hope she realized that she had already long since achieved that goal...

One final note related to Marilyn: This weekend I'll be participating in Ironman Texas. There was never much question that my wife Susie wanted me to still do the race, after all the months of training and preparation; which had been just as hard (or harder) on her than it was on me. I was a little surprised the other day, though; when Susie quietly told me that she wanted me to do the race "for her mom". She reminded me that Marilyn was always so excited and proud for me whenever I did a marathon or triathlon. So... this Saturday's race will be dedicated to her memory; my own small tribute to a wonderful lady.

Marilyn - you truly were a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; and our family is really going to miss you...


  1. I instantly got choked up when I read your wife wants you to do the race for her mom.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Good luck this weekend

    Whats your bib #