Even those of you who knew my mama well, probably did not know this. She was obsessed with winning the Publisher’s Clearing House for several years. She knew without a doubt that Ed McMahon was going to show up at her house with her prize. I think I remember her having a special box of cookies for when they came. That part could just be in my mind!
Anyway, on her birthday in 2001 (she wrote it as 2K1) she wrote the following note about what her wishes were if she should win the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. This is it in her writing. I’m going to type it up below her handwritten version in case you can’t read her writing.
I thought about this note when Philip Bankston got up to speak a few Sundays ago about the Family Life Building we hope to soon start on at our church Trinity Baptist. You’ll see why in #1 of mama’s note.
Rewritten from 5-18-2K1. Notes: My wishes if I should win the Publishers Clearing House “Sweepstakes”. after thanking God for his hand in it.
1. I would pay off debt on Trinity Church, help build the much needed “Family Center”
2. I would pay off Harriett and Georges home, Rosalyn and Roys, also Dana and Erics. Pay off Rosie’s Car, buy Harriett a new car, give Greg a generous wedding gift to go on a home for he and Nancy, Buy Chad a new car, whatever Chip wants for his truck and help for school. A new car for Gloria and Olga.
Pay off loan to bank (not to much)
Car Insurance 6 months and house for 1 year.
Good health policy and keep enough to keep my car in good condition, also home.
I do not need or want a new home or car, I like what I have.
If there is anything left over add to future schooling for Joseph and Annie.
I want to keep my Hibernia bank account with Joyce Kemp.
An unlisted phone number.
Chip approved this – too bad if no one else does!!!
The words on the side say “In case it is necessary Harriett and Rosalyn Joint Power of Attorney”
Yes we are now looking forward to the approval and building of our Family Life Center at Trinity. Can’t wait to see that dream become a reality. Our church family has grown so much we really need it now. I know that mama will be smiling in Heaven when it does!
This note also says so much about my mama. Her wants were so small in comparison to what she wanted to do for her family and friends from her winnings. Her first wish was to give to God’s church and her last wish was for very little for herself. She loved each of us in her family so much and always sacrificed for us. We knew we were all loved and still know that!
Hope ya’ll enjoyed this little insight into a sweet lady’s wish list for when she would win the Publishers Clearing House in 2001!
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