In Memory of Aunt Idelle

My Aunt Idelle (dad’s sister) was always full of life, focused on family, and brought the energy and spirit to every room she entered. She died on Friday, and although we will miss her terribly, she has left her fingerprints on so many hearts. A few years ago I wrote a short tribute to her. I’m sharing it again in honor of her memory.

Aunt Idelle, you will never be forgotten. Thank you for loving so deeply.

She’s 83. She lives in an apartment for senior citizens. She’s got more life than the energizer bunny.Meet my aunt, Idelle (Nornes) Bagne.

Nothing is keeping Aunt Idelle from getting the most out of every moment she takes a breath. She’s still serving, teaching, serving, laughing, serving, and helping. Did I say serving?

Here’s her weekly schedule:

~~ She volunteers at the hospital for the terminally ill on Monday mornings.

~~ She leads a devotional on Tuesday mornings.

~~ As president of the tenant’s group, she’s responsible for the social hour every Wednesday afternoon.

~~ And every Monday and Wednesday she leads an exercise class for a group of fabulous women. (Idelle taught health and phy ed for many years.)  Who attends her class?  Not your typical exercise group! You won’t find spandex and athletes. You will find (I’ve changed their names):

  • Gladys, who has a hernia.
  • Margaret, whose left leg doesn’t work real well.
  • Alice, who has frequent dizzy spells.
  • Catherine, who has painful osteoporosis.
  • And Nora, who has plastic arteries in her left leg, an artificial right leg, two kinds of cancer, and is blind.

These women get together twice a week to work on balance, range of motion, and a little bit of strengthening. They take a break between exercises to talk about their families and tell jokes. I think they’re really working on living—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Aunt Idelle calls them her miracle class.

Living with purpose. Living intentionally. It shows up in so many ways. My Aunt Idelle has found her way of living each moment to its fullest in a small town in northern Minnesota.

How are you showing up today? Are you living like each moment counts?

Rejoice. This is the day the Lord has made.

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