by Paul Johnson
Sue Goolsby was remembered in worship this past week. Sue died in 2017 and her legacy lives today through the gift that she made to our church through her estate.
I knew Sue and enjoyed her very much. She liked Martha and loved their mutual passion for family law and children. Sue liked to go out to lunch after church and Don and Elaine Manworren and Martha and I accompanied her several times. I especially remember going to Peggy Sue’s BBQ in Snyder Plaza near the SMU Law School. She would reminisce about being a female law student and how important it was that women stand up for their rights and their place in our society.
The Rev. Kathy Bouchard gave a very nice eulogy about Sue this past Sunday and how her gift has affected all of us at MHCC. It was her bequest that allowed us to pave the rest of the driveway in our parking lot. She was a committed member of Midway Hills and a very plain spoken one. You knew where Sue stood on most of the contemporary issues including her opinion of the distant relatives named Goolsby who were in political office.
She was a posterchild for the stereotypical Midway Member – strong in faith, strong in love and strong in opinion. One of the beautiful things about her gift was that, in spite of her opinions on most subjects, she gave her gift without restrictions, trusting in the wisdom of the surviving membership to make the most benefit of what she had to give. A real testimony to MHCC.
I would ask all of us to take a few minutes and think about our ability to leave a gift to Midway Hills in our wills. It is very easy to do. Even if we think that there may be nothing left when we die, it makes a bold statement to our survivors that Midway matters in our lives and in the lives of others as we coalesce into a community of faithful Christians. We are a force that comes from our founding congregational-parents and a progressive vision of God who loves all and believes in us and everyone.