An ode to a life - Marie Tomlins


To the Editor:

What would a man’s life be without a wife?

Although I have wondered that for a long time, I am now faced with that reality.

Marie was a lady that was forever a dame. You never heard her give a bad name. She was so devoted to her children, and of course her dogs, particularly her firstborn, Snowflake. He’s the one that spent 10 hours on her bed.

The last full day God gave her life, how she prayed and cared for our daughter, Leah Marie. Everyone that she came in contact with soon learned of her Irish wit. She was born to share her smile and pleasant way. And I now must realize that will never go away.

Do I know what lies ahead for me? I only know that it can never be the same without Marie. We traveled far and wide, but now there is no other place I would want to be than to someday be right alongside my one and only love.

God will answer that some day, and I pray his answer will be that yes, you see, you both belong to Heaven and me.

Now I must accept a life without Marie and toil along as best I can to make you proud of me. Rest assured, my dear, that no matter what, I will always think of you as the best wife and mother one could be, with our children alongside. I will always try to make you so proud of me.

What I really know right now is that our Leah Marie, one of the unwritten litany of saints, is standing at the gates of Heaven, wings fluttering, saying, “Come now and sit with me. We will have forever to sit and have some tea!”

Richard Tomlins



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What a beautiful love filled poem. Condolences.

Monday, December 23, 2013