January 3, 2010

In Memoriam: Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius



The Rev. Monte W. Holland

My mother, Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius passd on in Augusta, Maine on January 3, 1998, in the midst of an ice storm that struck the northeastern part of the United States.

On January 10, 1998, she had a memorial service at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Buffalo, N.Y. Below are the thoughts my husband, The Rev. Monte W. Holland, shared about his mother-in-law during the service.

Proverbs 31:28-31  Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates. These words come from the Biblical subsection entitled “ode to a capable wife.”

Nancy did excellently in many ways. She lived the life of reverence for the Lord. I didn’t have the opportunity to see her at work or among the people of Presque Isle, where she lived and worked these past fifteen years, but I saw the comments of her pastor and saw some of her areas of service there. It certainly appears that her works will be praised at those city gates.

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