Muriel Townsend, of rural Princeton, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at her home. She was 67 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Siloa Lutheran Church of rural Braham with Pastor Del Schanidt officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. A memorial visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
At 67 years young, our mom has gone home to help tend the gardens in Heaven and to help take care of God’s animals. Muriel was a highly spiritual person who was at peace with where she was in life. Throughout her hardship with her Rheumatoid Arthritis, her spirit was always a beacon of light and the reassurance we will miss. There is simply no substitute for a mother’s love.
Those of you, who really knew her, knew that she was more outgoing than most all of us here put together. She danced on Dance Fever in the early television days, used to sell homemade perfume door to door as a child, played her Elvis records in the basement in the 50’s and kept up with the fashion trends of the 1960’s . Mom was great at making homemade hamburgers and “malted milks”(as she called them) every Friday night for us kids as we were growing up. Her spirit never failed even in her later years when she loved flying with Wayne up high in the sky in his powered parachute “flying machine”. She loved adventure. Later in life, she enjoyed her freedom being able to do whatever she pleased and she liked it that way.
She was known for taking in strays of all kinds, both kids and animals, and opening her heart to help them in any way possible. For this, she really was an Angel to many here on earth. She would tell us that we could do anything at all – and we did. Her talents were amazing including owning an upholstery business, being a successful teddy bear artist, producing beautiful paintings, designing jewelry and stained glass. If you told her that she couldn’t do it – she would prove you wrong 100%. She could outwork both of us kids put together and never complained about herself. She was game for any travel at any time and had been to England and the Caribbean. She loved her family foremost, her animals, the outdoors and her freedom. One of her sayings that she loved was “All those who wander, are not lost…”
You see, it is not what you hold in your hand by degrees or jobs that matters in this lifetime or how much money you have, how high or low you live on the hill but rather it is what type of impact you have on another person’s life by the deeds you’ve done and words you’ve said. Muriel loved ice cream, saying that it wasn’t food, it was medicine. So as you enjoy your ice cream following the service today, please think of Muriel’s “medicine” being her love and acceptance, knowing that she would want you to remember the good times in her life and to move forward giving back to those you care about in your own life. Family comes first, the rest doesn’t matter.