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In Honor of Thalia

by Brandy Webb

Thalia Hufton with her husband Ian. Photo courtesy of Rita Crane.

Thalia Hufton with her husband Ian. Photo courtesy of Rita Crane.

On June 27, 2014, a bright light passed away. Thalia Hufton will always be remembered and missed by anyone who had the blessed opportunity to know her. She was a loving wife and mother, a devoted midwife of 32 years, an awesome friend, a servant in Christ—I could go on and on, and it still would not perfectly describe her.

This blog will be a little different. I really want to honor her, and I do hope and pray that God will help me do it.

First, I want to share a small part of my own personal friendship with Thalia. Thalia gave me a blessed opportunity to experience the wonderful birth of my son after I had a cesarean with my first child. She then was there for me for weeks afterwards when I slumped into a mild case of post partum.

She was always encouraging, and even though she was a very busy woman, she gave me her full attention. She acted as if I was the most important person at that moment and everything else could wait. One of my favorite statements from her was “Act the way you want to feel, and eventually it will become real.” Those words have stayed with me these past nine years. I will greatly miss her wisdom, kindness, and all around loving heart. I am so grateful that I knew her.

Now, I would like to share just small snippets of what some people have also shared about Thalia on her wall on Facebook. Their words have brought me comfort. I do hope no one minds me sharing some of your beautiful words. I am sharing them anonymously.  

Thalia was one of the greatest women I've ever known. For her kindness, compassion, humor, strength, love. For all the lives she helped bring into the world.

She was a saint who truly left this world a better place than she found it.

The world has lost a beautiful lady. Thalia we love you all so, so much. Thalia was one of the greatest women I've ever known. For her kindness, compassion, humor, strength, love.

The bravest woman I've ever known, a caring and compassionate midwife for 32 years.

Thalia was one of the most Godly and wisest women I have ever known. I was so blessed to be counted as one of her friends

She was such a blessing in my life and I will miss her ever so much, as will the many other lives she's touched.

You impacted us on multiple levels and always made us feel welcomed and loved.

I just know my life was forever changed because I met you, I knew you and you believed in me. I am shocked by the news of your passing. My heart is just in agony. You shined a light SO bright in this world. Thank you for the love you rained on us, the kindness you overflowed with and humbleness you carried always.

She nourished us in many ways and we learned so much about life, hospitality, loving and giving from her example. You will be greatly missed.

I am terribly saddened tonight from the loss of such a sweet & inspirational lady. Thalia, God truly blessed each life that you touched!

You were a shining light in this world and you will never be forgotten.

She was a compassionate and loving woman, a woman that loved the Lord.

These snippets are just a small percentage of what has been shared on Thalia’s wall. It just shows how many people she touched and inspired. She was a bright light, and even though her light is temporarily dimmed, her legacy is still shinning. Please keep her family in your prayers. I know that “to everything there is a season,” but it does not make it easier when it is a season of sadness. Until we meet again at the last trump…Goodbye Thalia.

I do want to make an announcement for those that knew Thalia Hufton.  Her memorial service will be held at the United Church of God building 1007 North Tyler Street (Hwy 155 North) in Big Sandy, Sunday July 13th at 1 p.m.  A reception will follow with sandwiches and finger foods.  Please bring a dish to share.