August 29, 1936 - April 22, 2022
Our Mom by the Hartmann Kids It is impossible to share all that she meant to us in this forum. But, we wanted to put aside formalities, and give you a glimpse of who she was. The firm foundation for her life was rooted in her FAITH in God, her love and dedicated service to our FAMILY, and the fulfillment gained from FELLOWSHIP with her church family and friends. FAITH Mom accepted Jesus as her Savior and committed her life to Him as a teenager. She was singing in the choir at a Teenagers for Christ rally led by sixteen-year-old evangelist, Don Johnson. It was during this event that she first understood it was not enough to go to church and be a good person. She needed Jesus! From her spot in the choir, she went forward and answered His call that day. Her life was changed forever. From that day forward Mom was led to serve others and to share her faith throughout her life. Several years later that desire for ministry prompted Mom to leave Wheaton College after only one semester and return to Memphis. We know God gave her that desire and was firmly in control. Why? That move home allowed her to meet Dad who was now stationed at Millington with the Navy. They dated for about five years primarily through mail as Dad had shipped out. After Dad’s discharge they were married in Memphis in 1961. We thank God and His wisdom for bringing our parents together. As time moved forward Mom’s desire to share her faith, especially with kids, led her to her life’s ministry. She founded Mother’s Day Out at First Evangelical Church in 1978. She served as the director for thirty-seven years until her retirement at 78 years old. There were times when the program hosted up to three hundred children during summer months. We truly thank God for what He was able to accomplish in so many children’s lives through Mom’s faithfulness. FAMILY Nowhere was Mom’s love of ministry and service more evident than it was at home. Again her commitment to sharing her faith with children drove her thoughts and actions, especially as it applied her own children. Mom and Dad were teachers in the early years. Money was tight. Despite that, they wanted us to have a Christ-centered education and decided to make that happen whatever the cost. All three of us attended Evangelical Christian School (ECS) from kindergarten through graduation. Dad was on the original board of trustees for the school. And for some period of time, Mom kept the books for the school on our dining room table. Throughout the years Mom sacrificed her time and efforts in so many ways to insure that we had what we needed. She cut coupons out of the newspaper every Sunday, and made sure to use them only on double-coupon value days at the grocery. One of our favorite sounds growing up was the whirring of Mom’s sewing machine in the make-shift office/sewing room. She made all prom dresses and an array of theatre costumes for all the plays at ECS. She also made Melissa’s clown suit for one of the first ECS kindergarten clown parades. That same outfit was proudly worn over 45 years later by Abby, the youngest grandchild, in her clown parade at ECS. There are so many other ways that Mom sacrificed and served her family, but a glimpse of her life here does not afford us the time and space to recount them all. One last memory of family though is her commitment to feed us. Without fail for sixty years, she prepared three meals a day. Even as recently as February this year, she continued to prepare meals for Dad and her. Her mind was failing due to Alzheimer’s disease, and she could barely walk. But, she would ready the food on plates, heat each one in the microwave, and wheel them to the table one at a time on her walker. That is dedicated service! Thank you, Mom. FELLOWSHIP Mom and Dad joined First Evangelical Church (First Evan) in 1962 after returning to Memphis with baby Terri in tow. Mom loved to sing of course. And that she did…she sang for over fifty years in the choir. The choir was her second family in many ways. Looking back over the many years at First Evan, the friends made and the fellowship she enjoyed meant everything to Mom. If the doors were open, Mom was there. In fact, many times Mom was the one that opened the doors. Recently, she was forced to stop driving, and then eventually moved to an assisted living facility. After each event she only wanted to know one thing, “How am I going to go to church”? We thank God for First Evan…for how we were influenced by people there, and especially for what it meant to Mom. On Friday April 22, 2022 Mom enjoyed her visit from the hospice aide who bathed and pampered her and prepared her to meet her Savior. She died very peacefully an hour later while surrounded by Dad and her girls. Mom was predeceased by her father and mother, Joe and Sarah Condrey. Burt Graham, her son-in-law, is also with her now in heaven. While we know these are wonderful and glorious reunions, we cannot imagine how incredible the introduction is…Mom is meeting Jamie Lynn, our sister, for the first time. Jamie Lynn died in 1966 shortly before birth at nine months. Mom, words cannot adequately express our true feelings. Thank you. We love you. We miss you. We will see you again one day. Love, Terri, Mark and Melissa. Mom’s family who will be gathered to remember and celebrate her Spouse: Jim Hartmann Kids: Terri Graham, Mark (Kris) Hartmann, Melissa (Jim) Mooney Grandkids: Emma Graham, Grayson Graham, Thomas Mooney, Samuel Graham, Libby Mooney, Ella Hartmann, Abby Hartmann We will welcome visitors at First Evangelical Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 beginning at 12:30 pm. A service in celebration of Mom’s life will begin at 2:00 pm. First Evangelical Church, 735 Ridgelake Blvd., Memphis, TN. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to First Evangelical Church or the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.
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