There are relatives who are special because of the legacy they leave when they go to be with the Lord. My cousin Dr. Susan Grace Barfoot recently went to be with the Lord. I want my two children and my seven grandchildren to know about her special life.
When I was a little girl, my cousin Susan who was a little girl also, got polio. She lived about 1/2 mile from us. Polio was the terrible pandemic of that time. Even though I was a child, I still remember grown-ups talking about Susan being in an iron lung. Her legs were paralyzed and never grew. She folded her legs up in a wheelchair. A member of her family carried her up the stairs at her high school.
She was graduated from the University of Alabama with a Doctorate of Social Work. She had a career in social work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She had her own home and drove her own automobile. She also survived breast cancer.
She was hostess at her home for the wedding of her brother Paul and for his 60th birthday, two happy special occasions. She came to Union Springs to attend the Relays for Life as a cancer survivor and plays at the Red Door Theatre with her sister, Kathy Blue.
In the last year or so, I talked with her at Capt. D's in Montgomery where she bought lunch in the drive-through. We both had come from our church services. The last time I talked with her she said it took her hours to get ready to go to church. Her family was raised to be faithful to church attendance. She said it was common for polio survivors to have severe difficulty in movement as the years went by. In October I learned that she was living with a relative due to increased health issues.
On December 22, 2020, my daughter sent me a copy of a Face Book message about Susan. Part of it read: "No words could ever do her justice. She was love. And joy. And strength beyond measure. And compassion. And triumph. And selflessness...Nothing can express the hole in my heart and my life with her gone...But today, we rejoice because she is DANCING in Heaven. What a sight to see; My susu finally healed and forever home. I love you and I'll talk to you later."
Susan's funeral was on December 26, 2020. Following two tributes by relatives, her pastor's eulogy included her wish to have Philippians 4:13 read at her funeral: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." He said he believes that Susan was greeted in Heaven with these words from Matthew 25:21, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" Her brother John ended the memorial service with an evangelistic message filled with Scriptures for an invitation to those present to receive Christ as Savior and Lord.
Susan's life gives me courage to live with problems and to be faithful to our wonderful Lord. I am so glad that Susan now has legs that function, and I too believe that she is dancing with joy in Heaven where every day is "church day". Thank you, Susan.
---Faye Gaston, Union Springs