Rita Mavis Schiller passed away in December 2017 at the age of 87)
1. If I wrote a poem about my Mum
It would be a tale told stretching back
To times when men and women were tough
As life was hard in the outback.
2. She was a young lass
When a fellow came from the war
To visit her brother
But it was her he saw.
3. Though the younger sister
And he the older brother
They got married
And the other two to one another!
4. Children came
As they do
Five boys for mum
And her sister 3 boys and 2 (girls).
5. Mum and dad worked the farm
Growing crops and tending sheep
They made oaten hay
To feed his brothers cows and his own sheep.
6. The boys grew up
Four got married
They all got jobs
Then it was just Rita and Garry.
7. Life passes quickly it is said
But God gives joy and peace
To those who on His word have fed
Even when news comes that we dread.
8. Throughout our life
We come to know
That it is people
Who set our hearts a-glow
9. There have been many
Dad the prominent one,
The sons they produced together,
Then neighbours with whom much was done.
10. We come today,
Thankful for the past,
Acknowledging God’s grace
And trusting Him to the last!
11. Mum this is your day,
We wish you the very best,
From family and friends,
Thank you we say,
12. Happy Birthday!!
Neil P. Schiller