Thursday, December 29, 2016

Eulogy for Marjorie Gilbert Knipper


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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1 comment:

John Moriarty said...

Dear Jim, beautifully expressed, so happy to hear the world Ireland in there, as we shared so much fun over the years. What a very interesting life she lived to the fullest but always with God as director and in who's trust she was truly anchored. What stories they all are sharing now in Heaven. I am blessed to have known them and you dear brother. John Moriarty