Sue Kathryn Kennedy Alderete

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Sue Kathryn Alderete, 79, of Killen, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at her residence. Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Elkins East Chapel, 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will be Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Cliff Haven Church of God of Prophecy in Sheffield at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Neal Wright and the Rev. Jim Williams officiating. Mrs. Alderete will lie in state at the church from 1-2 p.m. Burial will follow at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Alderete was an ordained minister and her love for her Lord and Savior shone throughout her life in her love for her family, her church, Cliff Haven Church of God of Prophecy, and her many friends. Mrs. Alderete was preceded in death by two grandsons, Chris White and Johnathan Alderete; son-in-law, William Alfred White Jr.; parents, William D. Kennedy and Lola Pearl Johnson; and siblings, Jewel Young, Gloria Cooper, William Kennedy, and James Kennedy. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Donald Alderete; two daughters, Teresa Ann White and Belinda Alderete (Alfred); two sons, Avery Alderete (Kathy) and Stephen Alderete (Sonia); two sisters, Mirrel High and Geneva Gee; brother, Bobby Kennedy (Linda); seven grandchildren, Drew White, Alisun White, Sara Willis Thompson (Charles), Jacob Willis (Glenda), Adam Alderete (Keisha), Anestassia Alderete, and Nakwisi Alderete; three great-grandchildren, Ryan Thompson, Maci Thompson, and Ben White; and several nieces, nephews, and special friends. Pallbearers will be Jacob Willis, Adam Alderete, Drew White, Charles Thompson, Ryan Thompson, and Danny Gee. A special thanks to the nurses and staff of Helen Keller Hospital and the nurses of Amedysis Hospice.  Published in Florence Times Daily on Dec. 6, 2013.

This is one of the hardest posts I have done.  No matter what people say, there is a pain that cannot be explained when one loses their mother.  I truly know now what friends and family members that have lost their mother meant when they would tell me how much they missed their mother after they had died.  I thought I understood and would sympathize with them but I really didn’t know because I had never felt the pain they had felt in their own lives at the time of their loss.  I guess it goes back to the old saying of you never know what a person is going thru or has gone thru unless you have worn the shoes and walked the path they have.  I miss being able to call her.  I miss being able to hear her laugh.  I miss sharing stories and recipes with her.  I miss hearing her pray.  And most of all, I miss hearing her say with unconditional love, “I love you.”  Mother was the rock in our family, holding us all together, loving us, and most of all, not only was she Dad’s world but Dad was hers.  They totally valued their independence and was ready to fight for it if needed, but yet, totally dependent on each other.

As time goes by, I will be adding stories to this category as I hear them from family members and friends along with my memories as they come to mind of mother.  Memories are the only thing that keeps your loved one alive in your heart once they have passed, so take the time today and every day from here on out to let your parents and family members know how much you love and cherish them for one day God may call them home to be with Him just like he has with my mother.  Take the time to make memories.

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