When someone we love passes away, it’s never an easy experience to deal with, whether it is a friend, family member, or another important person in our life. We all have different ways of coping with the pain of a loss.
For a lot of us, our first thought is how we can best honor that person’s memory. The better we know people, we also learn about their passions and the things in life that made them smile.
This knowledge often gives us ideas on how they would want to be remembered.
For the family of Margaret Hubl, who passed away at age 89, the family thought of one very unique way to honor her life.
Margaret was the mother of three children when her sister-in-law passed away some years ago. She left behind twins, and with no one else in the family to care for them, Margaret adopted them as though they were her own.
This meant that Margaret and her husband Henry now had five innocent lives under their care. In an attempt to keep up with her growing family, Margaret took up sewing. This new skill led to a lifelong passion.
Soon Margaret’s handy work became well-known to family and friends, as she would gift her hand-sewn quilts to different loved ones. These were extraordinary gifts that encased priceless memories.
Speaking to the NBC talk show TODAY, Margaret’s granddaughter Christina Tollman explained:
“She wanted us to have something to wrap up and keep warm in when we went away to school.”
However, the true extent of Magaret’s quilt making talent was never truly appreciated until the day of her funeral.
That’s when nearly every pew in the church ended up covered in one of Margaret’s hand-crafted quilts.
“Never did I imagine how many there were. We covered almost every single pew in that church. I never knew how many she actually made.”
Christina went on to say:
“When we sat down to go through her things we found this — I call it a pocket notebook. Inside it says whose quilt she was working on, what day she put it in the quilt frame and which day she took it out.”
It came to light that Magaret had created further quilts, intended as wedding gifts for the future. Speaking on the revelation, granddaughter Christina said;
“I actually have three cousins that are not married, and the day of her funeral was the day that they got to see their quilts for the first time. That was really kind of a neat moment, this is the love that Grandma made for each of us. This is what she made for each of us to wrap up in when we hurt. When we miss her.”
What a wonderful story!
It’s clear that Margaret’s life and memory live on not just through her beautiful quilts but also through the people whose lives her love gave warmth during her time on earth.