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A Hole in My Heart–Part II

Glenn, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

By telephone, Jerry spoke with Glenn before our service yesterday, Glenn wanted to confirm the time of the morning service.

“Yes, it’s at 9:00,” Jerry told him.

“I want to be there. I want to take my kids to our church.”

“It’s the best thing you can do right now,” Jerry agreed. “Come, even if you are late.”

About half way through the service Glenn and his family came into our small meeting room. What had been quite a moving service, even to this point, now developed into one of the most touching scenes I have ever witnessed in a church.

Jerry ministered in a loving, thoughtful way, and at the conclusion of the message, he invited the entire Scott family to the front. The rest of the congregation encircled this grieving family, and we all wept and prayed and sang sweet songs of the love of Jesus, that I hope were of comfort to them.

This family is precious. Scott and Tanya have Shelby, the one daughter I previously mentioned, and two grown children, who have flown in from Oregon. Both the son and the daughter have small children, and as we met all of them after the service, Glenn reminded me that these little ones are Tanya’s grandchildren. “She loved them so.” He looked me square in the eyes as he spoke these words, his blue, delicate eyes flooding with tears.

At noon today, Jerry will meet with Glenn at the funeral home. There will be arranged final services for Tanya.


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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

7 replies on “A Hole in My Heart–Part II”


I have been trying to reach you both for so long! I am so sorry to hear about Tanya. I loved her. She was like a sister to me. Please contact me if you feel you can. Jimmy has also been trying to make contact with you. You can get me at I left my phone number with a Shirley Buxton and asked her to contact you. I don’t think a day ever went by that I didn’t wonder what you and Tanya were up to. I miss you. I am sorry


I’m so sorry for Glenn and the surviving family. They’ll never know how blessed they are to have you & your husband in their lives during this devastating time. I know God will use you to bring healing to this family.

You remain in our prayers. We love you both!



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