On December 25, 2016 our Step-mother, Margie Gilbert Knipper, at the age of 86, died after a short illness. She joined both of my parents in the arms of the risen Lord. Today, friends and family gathered together as we celebrated her life with a Mass of Resurrection at St. Paul Church in Princeton NJ.
Margie had an incredible life as a religious sister, author, playwright, artist, poet, minister, Religious Education Director, and wife.
In 1980 she jotted down her Philosophy of Life:
1. Trust in God
2. Be kind to everyone
3. Do what you want to do
4. For spirituality – say the Our Father and listen to the Spirit within you
5. Be honest – no matter what
6. Don’t take yourself too seriously
7. Be grateful. Thank God
8. Appreciate a blade of grass, how a rug is made, a song, a child, a book, sand, sea, flowers…see God’s face in every flower.
9. Pray for a friend!
Her life was filled with many blessings and no surprise that she was called home to the Lord on Christmas night. Why do I say that? Listen to the words I shared with all those who came together today – and more about our dear Margie…
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