Eulogy for Anna,
by Anna Julie Moyle
What does one say about an individual who started life out as one of three?
Her triplet sisters might say she was born with a strong sense of justice which sometimes fed a passionate temper. Her role in the family was to play judge and to determine how to equally share the spoils of family life. She eventually learned to channel that sense of justice into wise decision-making and kept her cool when it mattered most.
What would her husband say about her middle years, when she left her comfortable triad to become a wife and mother?
He might say that her desire for fairness led her to have compassion for all she encountered. Her desire for independence after a crowded childhood made her a responsible adult and citizen, but at times could lead her to overlook the needs and desires of those around her. Marriage and motherhood bound her to others in a way she would have difficulty doing on her own. It helped her see her own life from the vantage point of others, a sometimes painful but sanctifying process.
And what would her children say about her? They might say she was unflappable in times of conflict, difficulty, and uncertainty. Her carefully channeled passion for justice gave her the ability to stand up for her family when called on, but also to call on her family to quell their desires when the needs of others were more pressing. Her lifelong calling to work in communications and serve the church balanced out her roles at home and in the community in such a way that inspired them to also search for calling in their lives. She taught them to think not just about what they wanted to do with their lives, but what needs in the world could use their unique gifts.