She was tops as a Mother-in-Law.
She was a dear.
She oozed love for her husband and family.
She was smart.
She was tasteful.
She had great listening ears.
She was patient.
She made it work.
And now she is gone to a better place and we all miss her terribly.
I leave you with a few of my favorite Muriel quotes:
"It works all kinds of ways."
"We all have our own neuroses."
"I am thankful to be getting old(er)."
"Sometimes you have to play hardball."
Here is a copy of her obituary.
She worked as a secretary at various institutions and taught adult students shorthand, accounting, and word processing at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois through the Human Resource Department. Most of her life she lived in the North Park community in Chicago where she and Elder raised their family. They were long time members of North Park Covenant Church. Since then, they were members of Libertyville Covenant Church, Salem Covenant Church and currently members of Grace Covenant Church in Iron River, Michigan. They moved to the Covenant Village of Golden Valley community in 1996.
Muriel had a continuing interest in emotional growth potential and Psychology. She did extensive research in this area and wrote the book, It’s All in a Nutshell, in 2004. Her basic premise, as described in the Introduction, was that “Emotions, like fear and love, determine all our decisions and actions: therefore we deal with them all the time. Potentially, we have the capacity to control these emotions so that we can make thoughtful and refined responses to life’s challenges.”
Muriel is survived by her husband Elder, children Kristine Cloyes, Wesley (Debra) Lindahl, Paul (Lora) Lindahl, and Renee (Jeff) Catrambone and grandchildren Anne (Jed) Bassett, Victoria Cloyes, John (Kari) Lindahl, Rebecca Cloyes, Samantha Catrambone, Grace Lindahl, Jeffery Catrambone, Karl Lindahl, Laena Lindahl and Jackson Catrambone and great-granddaughters Ellie Bassett and Maja Bassett.
A memorial service will be held in Minnesota on February 2, 2013 at Covenant Village of Golden Valley. An additional service is being planned for the summer at Grace Covenant Church in Iron River, Michigan.
Muriel would have been 87 in just a few weeks. I'm so glad we could celebrate with her last year.
Peace to you, Mother-in-Love.