Darrell Ray Lyons (3/18/59 to 1/22/11)
by Gayle Lyons
How can I possibly tell all the good things about you in this tiny space? The only thing I CAN do is fill this space with memories of what you did to me, for me... Things that bring a smile to my face and make my heart feel not so heavy...
You were my only "true" love. You taught me what love is. You showed me what Heaven on earth can be like. You called me your "princess" and treated me as such. You handled me gently, like I was made of glass. You held my hand, and my heart. You wrapped your arms around me and I could feel the love pour out of you and fill me with something so complete, I feel like part of me died with you. You took my breath away when you kissed me. You taught me how to love myself. You told me every night how beautiful and smart I was, until I finally believed it. You called me "pretty girl." You led me to God, through you I learned how to pray and how to have faith. You took a broken girl and made her a whole woman. You showed me a world I would have never known. You took care of me. You protected me. You spoke for me when I couldn't speak for myself. You said I "saved" you, but really, you "saved" me.
You made me a wife. You made me a mother. You gave me 2 BEAUTIFUL children. You loved them more than life itself. You gave and gave until there was nothing left of you to give. Even after you are gone people still take from you, like you owe them something.
The last message I got from you was, "I am counting on you to help me, I know you are the only one that cares about me." You were right... I would have helped you, I DID care, I LOVED you! I STILL LOVE YOU! I will carry you in my heart until the day I die, my love, my life, my husband, my BEST friend.
~Darrell Ray Lyons
The hope I had for our future on earth is gone, but I will meet you in Heaven. I will jump into your arms and let you "catch me" like you used to... I will do as I promised and tell our babies good things about you. They will be surrounded with pictures/videos/memories. Even though they are 3 and 4 years old, I will NEVER let them forget their "Daddy."