We served alongside one another on my congregation’s church council and co-led the Membership Team. She was a resilient, powerful, and candid woman. Her sometimes brutal candor would often elicit laughter – and occasionally shocked silence – in our council meetings. Her past was marred by things too ugly to repeat – abuse, trauma, addiction, violence – and yet, she readily and willingly shared her story for the benefit of others and even more amazingly, managed to remain a presence of great joy. Her love of God was simple and deep.
I had the honor of serving as greeter/usher for her funeral and was in awe – though not surprised – by the hundreds of attendees who arrived to celebrate Alberta’s life. Her life was sown in trials, tribulations, and tears but she has most surely gone home with shouts of joy. Even in death, Alberta exuded joy and brought joy to others. I am so grateful to have been a small part of Alberta’s amazing life.