It is with extremely heavy and broken hearts that we bring news of our beautiful Mother's passing. After many years of struggle with her respiratory health, she quietly found her way home to Glory while sitting in her favorite recliner, next to her favorite husband. She was sweet, sassy, and really a formidable force to be reckoned with. She laughed hard and loved harder. She always had some sweet treat in the freezer - usually ice cream (*mostly* ice cream), Banana Bread (no nuts), or some kind of crazy cookie concoction. She fed everyone. Even when there wasn't enough, she made it work and no one went hungry. She was a master organizer. Her collection of salt & pepper shakers, silk flowers, plate settings, and art with hearts found in nature (or anywhere really) are second to none. She had an unshakeable faith in the Almighty. She loved us at our shining, absolute best, and equally so in our darkest, worst moments. Miss Earlene, as she was best known, was a mother and friend to everyone with whom she came in contact all over the world. As a Nurse in her first career, and later owner/operator of VIP Christian Playcare in Cameron Park CA, her life was dedicated to the care and development of children and families, her own family being her strongest point of pride and joy. She positively touched hundreds of lives through her school, which she would tell you was her ministry. We learned much of what we know about Education, and how to care for others, from having a front row seat to her life. We are left without a doubt that we were unconditionally loved by her, and our community and world is a much better place for her having been part. She truly was the best. ~Royce Gough & Rhonda Thomas If I don't see her each day, I miss her Gee, what a thrill each time I kissed her Believe me, I've got a case On Miss Earlene, My Charlie, Our Mommers with the laughin' face She takes the winter and she makes it summer And summer could take a some lessons from her Picture a tomboy in lace - That's My Charlie with the laughin' face Have you ever heard mission bells ringin'? Well, she'll give you the very same glow When she speaks you would swear it was singin' Just to hear her say - hello I swear to goodness you couldn't resist her Sorry for you, she has no available sisters No angel could ever replace Miss Earlene, My Charlie, our Mommers with the laughin' face ~Ron Gough "In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider making a donation in Earlene's name to Shriner Children's Hospital or to St Jude Children's Research Hospital."