As many of you know, a special lady and agent went to her heavenly home on Friday, April 1st, 2016. Sandy Willis had been a part of Fazendin since 1986. She and her husband and partner are milestone members of our Fazendin Family. Below is the message that her youngest daughter Carey Crowell shared at her Celebration of Life Service held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayzata on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016. Sandy – you may no longer physically be with us, but you will always be remembered, loved and cherished!
My mom was an absolutely amazing woman. By the looks of it, she has impacted and touched many people’s lives. We want to praise the Lord for my mom’s life on earth. At the age of 9 my mom moved to Chicago Ave in Wayzata with her family and became next door neighbors to my dad. Now my dad always makes the point to say that it was my mom who was ALWAYS chasing him! Well, she must have caught him because they became childhood sweethearts and married at this very church 55 years ago. This November would be their 56th Wedding Anniversary.
My parents raised three kids (Jay, Jon and myself) and for the most part we all turned out okay. What is true is that all three of us love our parents dearly and we couldn’t have asked for a better pair. They also were the perfect pair in real estate. They have been agents at Fazendin Realtors for over 30 years and sold many homes throughout the area. Probably many of you have had the privilege and opportunity to work with them.
Now I can say for certain, my mom’s social calendar was busier than mine. From happy hours to five hour lunch dates, to church on Sunday followed by brunch at The Scoreboard, to Gopher games and to eating at Maggie’s Restaurant too many times to count, to spending time with her sisters, her husband, us kids and the grandkids. My parents have built many strong friendships over the years. My mom was a part of Home Extension also known as Home Breakers, the Fazendin Agents who are like family, the Wayzata Basketball parents, the Gustavus Basketball parents, my parents were both Wayzata High School Alums so they have their dear high school friends, their church group, their biking group called the Optionals (now just so you know they rode bicycles and not motorcycles), the wives of the Switchback Calvary, Kay her Bestest (as they called each other) and of course her family. The list goes on.
Now as friends of my mom, you knew that when you saw a call coming from her you had to check your watch as you knew you were going to need some time on your hands. However, if you let her go to voicemail it was almost guaranteed that she would run out of tape.
My mom also loved to tell jokes. She would reach down deep in her purse, find her zip locked baggie, and sort through the bag to find the perfect joke. In honor of my mom I thought I would share one of her jokes with you all. I should also say her jokes were a little lengthy and not always that funny – Sorry Mom!
Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A cell phone on a bench rings and a man engages the speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.
Woman: “Hi Honey, it’s me. Are you at the club?
Woman: “I’m at the shops now and found a beautiful leather coat. It’s only $2000. Is it okay if I buy it?”
Man: “Sure, go ahead if you really like it that much.”
Woman: “I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw the new models. I saw one I really liked.”
Man: “How much?”
Man: “Ok, but for that price I want it with all the options.”
Woman: “Great! Oh, and one more thing…I was just talking with Sharon and found out that the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They are asking $989,000 for it.”
Man: “Well, then go ahead and make an offer of $900,000. They’ll probably take it. If not, we can go the extra eighty-thousand if that’s what you really want.”
Woman: “Ok. I’ll see you later! I love you so much!”
Man: “Bye! I love you too.”
The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are starring at him in astonishment, mouths wide open.
He turns and asks, “Anyone know whose phone this is?”
I sure did love her jokes!
Besides telling jokes my mom loved to travel and my dad went along for the adventures. And wow; they went on many adventures together. They made their way to the Danube, Italy, Ireland, London, Mexican Rivera, Florida, Arizona, Boston, Colorado, Spain, San Diego, San Francisco, The Caribbean, Croatia, Montana, Rhine River, Hungary, Switzerland, numerous cruises. We had our special Disney trip with most of the family this February and a few days after our return my parents jetted off to Hawaii.
Now dad, I know that mom would want you to continue on – on your adventures as she will be alive in our hearts and with us in our joy. Our mom was our biggest cheerleader as she sat on those bleachers cheering us on practice after practice, game after game, year after year. Now she will still continue to cheer us on as we walk through life and she will be pointing to the Only One who can save, which is Jesus. As Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” We are comforted in knowing that my mom has gone home….and that one day we will be a part of that Grand Reunion in Jesus. Until that day…may we live each and every day of our lives truly living for and glorifying God.
Today, April 6th we celebrate my mom’s 75th birthday. Happy Birthday Momma!