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A Daughter’s Tribute- Joan Lykins Parr

by on ‎05-13-2016 02:21 PM

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I want to thank my QVC family for the out-pouring of love that Will, our boys and I have felt this past week.  Your kind words and prayers have been such a comfort to us.  It is still hard to believe that Mother is gone.  She was a constant source of love and encouragement.  Her marvelous sense of style, impeccable taste and art for graceful living will continue to inspire us.

 

At her “home-going” service we celebrated her life lived-well for Christ. She had made a note about the hymns to be sung at her celebration.  She requested: Wonderful Grace of Jesus and Redeemed How I Love to Proclaim It.  Both are beautiful hymns that speak to the assurance of eternal rest.

 

All three of her children participated in the service.  My brother Gene gave her eulogy and my brother Jeff offered the closing prayer.  I chose to read selected verses from Proverbs 31 in the Old Testament, followed by some reflections about Mother that I’d like to share with you:

 

Who can find a virtuous woman and capable wife?  

She is more precious than rubies.  

Her husband can trust her, 

and she will greatly enrich his life.  

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

 

She is clothed with strength and dignity, 

and she laughs without fear of the future.  

When she speaks, her words are wise 

and she gives instructions with kindness.  

She carefully watches everything in her household 

and suffers nothing from laziness.

 

Her children stand and bless her, 

her husband praises her: 

“There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, 

but you surpass them all!”

 

Charm is deceptive and beauty does not last; 

but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. 

                                                        Proverbs 31: verses 10-12 and 25-30


Mother was truly a Proverbs 31 woman.  And you’re here today because you knew her and loved her.  We’re all the beneficiaries of her wonderful example of a devoted wife, loving mother, doting grand and great-grandmother and dear friend. 

 

This week I came across one of Mother’s Bible Journals and several notes she had made on Proverbs 31.  Here is what she wrote:

 

            ~ God does not mention the face or physical form of the woman described in Proverbs 31, because God sees only our heart.

 

            ~ A successful Mother is one who cherishes her children, for that is where she will leave her fingerprints on the sands of time.

 

            ~ And finally Mother wrote, America’s future is secure when mothers teach their children Truth, Honesty, Industry and most importantly to Love God.

 

Mother’s “love language" was hospitality and God blessed her with that gift in abundance!  She was happiest when you were pulled up to her table enjoying a meal she had thoughtfully and lovingly prepared.  And after her meal had satisfied your physical hunger, it wouldn’t be long before the conversation would turn to spiritual things.  She wanted to be sure that you knew her Lord Jesus.  Whether family or friend, it made no difference, her focus on Jesus was so complete because she wanted to be sure that all of her family and all of her friends would join her in eternity.

 

Today, Mother would want you to know that last Tuesday afternoon, Heaven’s gates opened wide and Jesus welcomed her saying, “Joan, I know you, you are one of my own, not because of all the wonderful things you’ve done, but simply because you put your faith and trust in me.” 

 

Even though our sense of loss is so great, our comfort is knowing that we will join her in heaven one day.  And what a joyful reunion that will be! 

 

May you be blessed by the testimony of her life,

Valerie

Comments
by
on ‎05-13-2016 03:06 PM

Valerie, this is so beautiful.....I'm so sorry for your loss.

 

I have always loved the mentioned Proverbs scriptures.   They were read at my mother's funeral and have so much meaning.

 

 

 

by
on ‎05-13-2016 03:38 PM

A beautiful tribute to your Mother.  How fortunate you were to have a godly woman for your Mother.  

You have the same beautiful smile.

by gifty
on ‎05-13-2016 04:45 PM
Valerie, This is such a touching tribute to your mother. Remember all the good times with her. Much love and comfort during this time
by
on ‎05-13-2016 08:43 PM

Her legacy and looks live on in you.

by Myra from Ga
on ‎05-13-2016 10:38 PM

Valerie, this was beautiful.  Oh, how you will miss this precious lady.....but, oh to know where she is and you will see her again one day. Praying for you and your family . Love to all of you ! 

by
on ‎05-14-2016 03:30 AM

Valerie, so sorry to read about the loss of your mom.  My prayers are with you and your family.

by
on ‎05-14-2016 07:10 AM

Val, Death may take a life but not memories. You def. have her heart and gracious smile.

by
on ‎05-14-2016 08:17 AM

What a beautiful tribute, Valerie.  It brought to mind this song:

 

https://youtu.be/-2uZxlfFQm4

by Uptown
on ‎05-14-2016 08:22 AM

Valerie, I am so sorry for your loss.  What a wonderful tribute you have written to define your Mom's life.  She is looking down at you with such pride.  May God Bless you and your family.  🙏

by
on ‎05-14-2016 08:39 AM

may all the wonderful memories embrace you -  and may her principles guide your steps.  Godspeed, Valerie.

by
on ‎05-14-2016 09:57 AM

Valerie,

 

What a wonderful tribute to your mother. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you take comfort in the fact that she is with Jesus. I always love your references to scripture on your shows and that is an extension of what your mom taught you and is such an inspiration to all your viewers. Your family is in my prayers. May the Lord comfort all of you.

by
on ‎05-14-2016 11:40 AM

What a beautiful Proverbs 31 woman your sweet Mother is!  She is not just in your past - but she is in your future.  What a glorious day that will be, when you see her again in Heaven......both of you beholding the Face of your Lord and Savior - Jesus Christ.

 

by wflowers
on ‎05-14-2016 11:41 AM

Valerie that was a very beautiful tribute to your mother, and i am sorry for your lost,i do know what you are going through, cause i went through the same. but to know that your beautiful mother is in heaven with her Lord is so awesome, what a celebration that must be with the king. and the scripture you gave just touch my heart and my prayers go out to you and your wonderful family. May God Bless You And Your Family.

by BarbiM
on ‎05-14-2016 12:02 PM

Valerie, you always have such a graceful way of saying things, and this beautiful tribute to your loving mother is certainly no exception. What a comnfort to know you will see her again, to know for sure. God is good all the time! May He grant you and your family the peace that surpasses all understanding and give you comfort as you grieve. Praise Jesus for all the people she brought to Him through her lifetime! Blessings to you.

 

by kakypants
on ‎05-14-2016 12:34 PM

Your Mother sounded like such a amazing woman!  I can see where you get your "grace"  from Valerie and how beuatifully you live your  life!  It all came for her!  I Know how much you will miss her. Lost my  mother 14 years ago,so I totally understand. However I know you carry her within your heart everyday and know she is there, still watching over you as when you were little.  God bless your mother!....And i am so sorry you will not see her for a while. But you are right. One day,  we all  will be united again  with our  loved ones!  Our  hearts and prayers are with you Valerie, during this time. 

Love, carolyn

by
on ‎05-14-2016 03:10 PM

Valerie, I'm very sorry for the loss of your Mother.  

Thank you for blessing and sharing with us the beautiful testimony of your Mother's life.  

by
on ‎05-14-2016 03:16 PM

valerie,

i was very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. please accept my sincere sympathy to you & your family.

by
on ‎05-14-2016 06:48 PM

Very touching; I've read the comments of your QVC friends and I'm sure it helps to know so many of us enjoyed reading about a life well lived.  My sympathy to your family.

by Mrs Chris P
on ‎05-14-2016 07:20 PM
So beautifully written and said Valerie. What a beautiful verse to read in her honor. I'm so sorry for your loss and will pray for your family. ❤️
by joysboys
on ‎05-14-2016 11:40 PM

 Valerie, no words can fill this void for you and your family. You always talked so lovingly of your mother during your presentations. Your Christ-like spirit is what draws me to watch. You never seem to be ashamed to let your love for Him shine. After reading this tribute, it is easy to see who gave you that gift of faith. Only prayer and His everlasting HOPE will be your strength in the days to come. You are definitely in my prayers. God bless you and your family.

by
on ‎05-15-2016 10:54 AM

This testimony makes me cry Valerie.  You represent Christ in every thing you say and do so now we know who was your inspiration in the faith and hope we as Christians have in Him.

 

Thank you for sharing; such a comfort to know you will be with her again as you look into the face of our Saviour who has made it all possible.

 

Keep looking up, dear one.

by OneName
on ‎05-15-2016 11:41 AM

I am so sorry to see that you have loss your precious Mother! My parents & in- laws were wonderful Christians! When my Mother passed away @ age 64 with a heart attack. My sweet Mother- in law called me to tell me they had no doubt that my Mother wasn't in heaven. You can feel assured by the same thing. This will comfort you but won't keep you from missing her. God comfort and give you strength to carry on! Your friend in Christ!

by myangelelena
on ‎05-15-2016 04:58 PM

To Our Very Dear Friend Valerie and Family,

We were saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved Mother through Elizabeth in your office when I sent you a Mothers Day message via email.

Our hearts and prayers go out to You my friend during this most diffucult time but know that she is in the hands of our Lord now where she hoped to be all her life watching over you and your family always. You have a special guardian angel in heaven now Valerie.

Any loss is unbearable but the loss of a Mother is like no other. I lost Mom in 2001 and we were like you and your mom, very close and if I tell you I miss her,need her,  cry for her and love her every single day of my life Valerie.

Anyways, I will be in touch with you but just wanted to reach out to you here just in case you are checking your blogs and not getting to your emails in the few days or so.

God Bless You and your Family and you will be in our continued thoughts and prayers.

When you feel up to it, drop us a line or two. You have our contact infomation.

Your friends in Florida(R & P)

 

by dinam9
on ‎05-15-2016 07:24 PM

such a lovely tribute to your beautiful mother, valerie parr hill.  I know you will miss her very much .  I would like to tell you of how you helped in a tribute to my own mother who passed of cancer in january of 2013.  Her last treatment was on

Christmas Eve day and we brought all her nurses and caretakers a gift of the porcelain angel ornaments from your collection and gave one to each of her nurses and caretakers who took such good care of her in her illness and they were truly her angels on earth.  They all loved them and wished her well.

At her next doctors appt. on Jan. 3 the docs told her they had done all they could and hospice would come in and keep her as comfortable as possible.  She did ok for awhile but in 10 days she was gone.

I had purchased your "Blessings Candles" set and gave my brothers and sister each one with a note that read "This candle will go on at the time of day our mother's light went out in this world.  This light will shine on for her in remembrance."

So Valerie, you help so many in the beautiful items you bring to QVC and I hope you know we will keep you in our prayers at this difficult time

Wishing you strength and love,  Dina Sharrow

 

by sweetgrandma
on ‎05-15-2016 07:36 PM

Valerie thank you so very much for sharing your mother's celebration with us.  It was truly beautiful!  I remembered how you mentioned your mother and her faith a lot and your faith also.   That is what I love so much about you!  We will take comfort knowing that Heaven's Gates were opened wide as you dear mother was ushered in with her Dear Lord and Savior. <3

by
on ‎05-15-2016 02:39 AM

Condolences to your family, Ms. Valerie. Your mother sounded like she was quite the woman. I wish her Godspeed.

by Shirlyn
on ‎05-16-2016 08:34 PM

Beautiful....simply beautiful!!

by Roberts mom
on ‎05-16-2016 09:14 PM
Valerie,
So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute and relationship you shared😊.
by Mollyjeanne
on ‎05-17-2016 11:35 AM

Valerie, 

What a loving tribute you have written in honor of your mother!  When I looked at the photo you posted, I saw your loving eyes and smile reflected in hers.  Mothers are so special.  My mother just turned 92 in April.  I remembered hearing you say that you were originally from Kentucky.  We live a little over an hour away from Lexington in Elizabethtown.  Bluegrass women are the best.  Treasure your memories of your mom.  I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Wilma

by Vdander
on ‎05-17-2016 02:09 PM

What a wonderful tribute! This is special to me, too, because I lost my dear mother on May 2nd...exactly 10 months and 1 day after losing my father. They were married 67 years.

by sallypd
on ‎05-18-2016 05:11 PM

Love and prayers to you and your family, Valerie 

by
on ‎05-19-2016 03:31 PM

Oh Valerie, so sorry for your loss.  I have lost both of my parents, my sister and last year my son.  It is truly a time for reflection and remembrances that we probably should have done long before our loved ones passing.  What a beautiful tribute to your mother....she was a beautiful woman.  My deepest sympathies to you and your family for your deep, deep loss.

by Savannah12
on ‎05-25-2016 10:55 PM

Lovely tribute. We feel we have met your beautiful mother because of your wonderful stories! I am very sad for your loss.

by
on ‎05-28-2016 05:38 PM

Val, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!!!! You now carry on her wonderful spirit. Thinking of you and your family.We are also UK graduates. LOVE YOU VAL.

by qusan
on ‎05-29-2016 07:58 AM

Valerie- your mother's loveliness is reflected in you!         how beautiful a tribute....Sue

by TakeAway
on ‎05-29-2016 08:06 AM
Valerie, I just read the beautiful tribute to you Mom. I am sorry for your loss. Loosing a parent is more than you can ever put into words. My sympathy to you and your entire family.
by Pembroke
‎06-05-2016 11:35 AM - edited ‎06-05-2016 11:37 AM

Your dear Mother left a beautiful Christian testimony that God will use as witness to others thru the years.  There can be no greater legacy. Thank You for posting your lovely thoughts

by murrell girl
on ‎06-30-2016 01:11 AM

So sorry for your loss Valerie. What a wonderful tribute to your Mother, such beautiful words of love. May the blessings of  the Lord be with you and your family! Thank you for sharing your loving thoughts.

by Verdi53
on ‎07-17-2016 06:03 PM

I know it's a bit late.  However,  I would like to take the time to send my thoughts and prayers.  It's no words

that can one can say to describe the loss.   You and your loved ones are in my prayers.   Blessings. 

Verzet