In honor of Ray and Nancy Axton, whom God received April and August of 2013

By Elaine Axton

The way two people live their lives speak volumes.

Thank you for...

• Giving us the gift of a caring heart.

• Allowing me to be me and supporting me; for being my champion.

• Teaching me the importance of setting a budget and living within it; starting with little jars with labels.

• Having a strong work ethic; for being independent and passing those values to us.

• Teaching us how to solve problems and repair things.

• Allows me to help when you worked on the house or car.

• Helping us build confidence.

• Caring for others; at times putting their needs above your own.

• Setting a high moral compass.

• Raising us in a Christian home free of cigarettes, alcohol and other drugs.

• Doing the right thing.

• Teaching us to eat whatever was put before us and not complain (still working on this).

• Teaching us that listening was at times more important than talking (again a work in progress).

• Teaching us that family comes above all else.

• Teaching us God gave us animals to love and protect.

• Teaching us that looking for the good in people was more of a blessing than we knew.

• Lighting up a room with your smile; you had one for everyone.

• Being a good hugger.

• Not taking life too seriously; it’s just the name of the game.

• Being good role models, not only for us but those whose lives you touched.

• Being a man of convictions who was not materialist.

• Not being hypercritical or judgmental.

• Your loyalty not only to family, but to friends and neighbors.

• Being dependable and wanting to be available to help.

• Your ability and willingness to find joy and positive things regardless of events; “I can’t remember what we did, but we had a good time.”

• Having the courage to break ties and be the best you could be; that was inspirational.

• The security of knowing that you would always be there for us no matter what.

• The sacrifices you made for us.

• Telling us you loved us... out loud.