“Summertime and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry.”
Lyrics to “Summertime by D. Hayward, George & Ira Gershwin
Earline Saddler was born December 8, 1936 in Melville, Louisiana to George and Rosena Smith. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Louis, Dorothy and R.L.. She had two children, her son André and her daughter, Stephayne.
My mother loved her children. She would tell us all the time, “I asked God to give me a boy first and then a girl.” My mother would do anything for us.
My mother married Donald L. Saddler in 1977. Whatever my mother asked for, he would give to her. She especially loved his cooking.
My mother loved to talk. She had a sharp sense of humor. She played the piano and could sing soprano. My oldest memory of her is her singing “Summertime.” I knew the song by heart just from her singing it to me. When my brother and I were little, my mother would prop us up on the sofa and play jazz for us to listen to. My brother would be bobbing his little head, she said. I always knew that my brother had a special place in my mother’s heart. It truly broke her heart when he died.
Like all of her southern relatives, my mom was raised a Baptist and raised us in a Baptist church where I learned the 23rd Psalm as a child by heart. Later, as an adult I grew to appreciate that my Loving Shepherd, Jehovah God, will always guide me to waters of truth that “refresh me.”
One of those truths is found at Revelation 21:4 that says “death will be no more.” Like the resurrections of bible times, I look forward to being beside myself with ecstasy seeing my mother and all other loved ones again on earth.
Earline Saddler died Monday, October 22, 2018.
She leaves to cherish her memories her siblings: Geraldine Washington, NormaJean Vaughn, Charles Ray Smith and Elroy Smith, her daughter Stephayne, and son-in-law Gilbert Rutledge, her daughter-in-law, Marlene Anderson, her GRAND daughters: Renita (Jeffrey) Sanders, Paula (Cory) Spears, and Whitney (Sterling) Williams; and her GREAT GRAND sons: Romarius, Rojarius, Giles, and Tahj. She also leaves behind her dear cousin Lindia Howell, other dear relatives and friends.
I can’t wait to see her again in Paradise.