Do you remember?

memory-bulletin-agnes-1bookmark-2-agnes-1My mother-in-law, Agnes Elizabeth Roleder Palmer Gentzkow, would have been 92 today.  She lived half-way to 91, spending the last few years in a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  The word, battle, is the key.  The disease was not kind to her; however, it did not take everything.  In the end, her strong will would not allow the disease to take the elements that made her be her.

A light within her would re-ignite each time my children connected with her, even in her last moments.  I know she remembered her love for them.  I saw up close  what Alzheimer’s could never take–faith, hope, and love.

“Three things will last forever—

faith, hope, and love—

and the greatest of these is love”

(I Corinthians 13:13, NLT).

Music was her way to express what was deep within.  She inherited her mother’s piano and played  until her hands could not remember.

 She hummed to the very end.

Both mother and daughter spent most of their Sundays playing music in the church. Music was different then. Even so, music continues to reveal the story of the soul.

The old piano’s days were done.  Holding the memories of the two women playing tunes of faith, hope, and love seemed to be it’s final purpose.

But THAT’S not all of the story.  Does anyone’s story ever really end?

Our creative team at RDC figured out how the old tired piano’s bones could be used to house the electronic key board.  It’s almost done.


Dan Stearns, our creative team director, surprised us with an amazing piece of art this past Sunday. The blessing of it can’t adequately be expressed in words–it’s a heartfelt gift of remembrance of the two who used these keys to reveal the message of deep within.piano-gift-2017-b-1

We hung it up with the question we so often ask when it comes to these two iconic women, “Do you remember?”  


Faith, hope, and love never ends . . .


Happy Birthday Mom Palmer–Kerrie


thanksgiving-2014-with-momContact Information:
 Kerrie L. Palmer
1219 3rd St NW  Salem  97304
PO Box  5985 Salem OR 97304


Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


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