Wayne’s mother, Marian Broady Leman, passed peacefully from this earthly life to eternity tonight just before 10 pm Alaska time. My brother Loren, his wife, their son and his wife were with Mom at the nursing home. She had another little miracle of lucidity yesterday when she was able to look at Dad, recognize him, and say, “I love you.” (He told her he loved her too.) She recognized my brother Loren last weekend and called him by name, she did that with me last month, and she has sometimes been recognizing her sister-in-law, Betty, who faithfully visited her and Dad.
Mom grew up in southern California. She attended BIOLA when it was still in downtown L.A. She and her twin, Margaret, went to Alaska in 1946 to assist Pauline Smith, a pioneer missionary lady, in the village of Ninilchik. They arrived in Ninilchik on June 6, 1946, and helped teach Bible classes to the children in our village. She met our father there.
Mom has been looking forward for years to going to heaven. She has wanted to be with Jesus and with her little baby girl who lived for only a day in 1947. In the last few years, as Mom’s Alzheimers increased, her desire to go to heaven also increased.
Elena and I and some of our children will fly to Alaska for Mom’s funeral which will probably be at the end of this coming week. We are all at peace. Our children adored their grandmother and I can understand why.