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The Pastor's Mother and the Usher (HUMOUR)

Proverbs 31:25-31: 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

The Proverbs 31 woman has been the bane of Godly women for many centuries now. Especially in this day and age, when so much is being thrown at families daily, simply keeping your head above water is an accomplishment, much less aspiring to the heights of this Biblical role model. Be encouraged, though, with the fact that there are still mentors out there who are living this passage. One such mother is 88 year old Pat DeActis.

Pat was married to her beloved husband Pete for 53 years until his death 12 years ago. Together they raised six children, though throughout many of those years her husbands injuries and illnesses meant that she took an increasing role in running the household and raising the children. Like the Proverbs 31 woman she was not idle, taking care of her husband in the day, making dinner and then catching the bus to her part time job at the post office in the evening, leaving the car so her children could use it for whatever activities they needed. Her sacrifices were continuous so her children could have more than they could have otherwise.

“I never understood what she did until much later, after I became a mom,” says daughter Lori (Bethel). “If we went to a restaurant she always got the cheapest thing on the menu, always saying, ‘I’m just not very hungry.’ I didn’t realize she was sacrificing so we could have what we wanted.” In addition to her 6 children Pat has 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren with two more on the way. To all of them she is “Ma” and is currently learning how to use an iPad to be able to keep in closer contact with all of them and have a place to keep all of their pictures.

Pat with long time friend
W.C. (Bill) Bethel
Pat isn’t just Ma to her own family, though. She and her red PT Cruiser are always on the go, taking friends and church goers to doctors appointments (often much younger than her) and meeting people for coffee. Everywhere she goes her focus is on the people she meets, trying to minister to anyone she comes across. Although she is a prayer warrior for her family and the people she meets, the prayer she prays every morning is as succinct as it is selfless: “Lord, use me to be a blessing in someone’s life.”

Soon after her husband’s death Pat herself grew gravely ill and was not expected to survive, but she managed to pull through. It is her faith and the knowledge that the Lord spared her and has kept her here for a reason that gives her strength to continue to reach into other people’s lives. Evidence that her wisdom has been effective and passed down is found in the fact that all six of her children are very people focused, including son Jon who is the director of Quintin Warner House, a faith based drug rehabilitation in London, daughter Lori (Bethel) who is the Executive Director of the London Crisis Pregnancy Centre (LCPC), and daughter Linda (Suchard) who is the Client Services Director of the LCPC.

Pat constantly reminds her family to care about the things that matter in life. She says that it’s all about people, because you can’t take anything with you except the souls you win for Christ.