Thursday, May 3, 2012

Letter of Gratitude

     On behalf of the family of Madge Black Neel, I would like to thank everyone who has kept our family in your thoughts and prayers over the past twelve weeks. Thank you, to anyone who brought a plate of cookies, a loaf of bread, or a meal. Thank you to the children who colored pictures with the words "I love you Sister Neel" written on them. Also to anyone who sent flowers, brought a card, or called with well wishes. Thank you to all of those who ensured that my mother's name was on the prayer role at the temple. This was her first request from her hospital bed when she received her diagnosis.
      We would like to thank the members of the Sunset 2nd Ward for the countless acts of service performed on behalf of our family. To Bishop Rupp for only being a phone call away when we needed him. He also arranged for the use of the Lehi West Stake Center for our funeral services. We grew up going to that building and much appreciated being able to celebrate our mother's life in a place with so many good memories. Thank you for conducting the beautiful funeral service. To the sisters who performed "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." it was amazing.
     Thank you to the Sunset 2nd Ward Relief Society for arranging meals, helping us set up pictures before the viewing, and for the lovely luncheon after the service. To the visiting and home teachers for continual concern for our well-being. Thank you, to the Priests Quorum of the Sunset 2nd Ward for administering the sacrament to our family and inviting the spirit into our home on quiet Sunday afternoons and to the Young Women of the Sunset 2nd Ward for planting flowers in the boxes on the front porch. Bishop Rupp, I knew the young women of your ward are amazing, over the past weeks I have been equally impressed by the young men in your ward. "We love you Sister Neel," they would say. Or "tell Sister Neel that we love her."
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our mom's birthday. We didn't know if anyone would show up. I will never forget the moment we saw the sea of red shirts walking down our street.
     To the compassionate professionals at Certified Nursing Services, thank you for helping us take care of our mother. We appreciate every single thing that you all did to keep my mom comfortable during the last weeks of her life. I will always remember what chaplain Matt taught us about "transitioning through the veil" and about President Kimball's final days of life.
     During General conference a few weeks ago Henry B. Eyring stated, "We never need to feel that we are alone or unloved in the Lord’s service because we never are. We can feel the love of God. The Savior has promised angels on our left and our right to bear us up.10 And He always keeps His word. I testify to you that the lord does keep his word. We have witnessed many small miracles over the past months brought about by the many angels surrounding us; from the highly skilled doctors at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, to the primary children who came to sing happy birthday to my mother. To all of you angels seen and  unseen we are truly grateful for all of these blessings and thank you again for the many acts of service that you have performed on behalf of our family.


  1. I love, love, love your mother. I know you know it, and I shall dearly miss her. I know you shall miss her more. I am so grateful to have known you all, your strength and poise is a testament to her life and how much love she had to give. She truly is a great woman, and my life has been enriched by knowing her. My girls love her, and Collin has always loved her. Natasha sends her condolences as well. I only wish I could have done more to ease her suffering. I believe in the power of those beyond the veil and her power shall always be there for your family. She is a woman of great faith. Thank you for all you have done. Madge loved her family so much. I only hope that I could be the kind of woman she is. Loves to you all. Tanya

  2. Thank you Tanya. It brings me great comfort to know that she is looking out for us from beyond the veil. When I think that Heavenly Father sent me to one of his most valiant spirits I am truly humbled. When I grow up I want to be just like my mom.