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Published on Feb 5, 2020
On Jan 21, 2020, Margaret Johnson passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her five children and fifteen grandchildren. Margaret was an extraordinary woman in many ways, but in this eulogy to her at her funeral February 1st, 2020, Margaret’s granddaughter, Alexandra Hudson, praised two particularly exceptional aspects of her legacy. Ms Hudson calls them The Mellifluous Echo of the Magnanimous Soul, and the zeal for hope, and making ordinary encounters extraordinary.
We are all familiar—either personally, or through news, history, or memoir—with the potential one person, especially a parent, has to make decisions that have unfortunate reverberations in the lives of those around them, often with consequences that affect generations. Parents that abuse substances, or verbally and physically abuse their children, who then go on to abuse themselves, their own children, or others. We hear many of these stories today, as behind most headlines of crime or human toll is a story of parental abuse and suffering.
Less frequently do we hear stories of the inverse: of where one incredible, extraordinary human being, one magnanimous soul, has generational, reverberate effects for the better. These people have tremendous strength of character and raw determination, and act as their family’s social glue and foundation. Through their lifestyle and cumulative decisions, they influence those around them—and the generations after them—for the better. These magnanimous souls, people of great personal strength and benevolence, produce a mellifluous echo with their lives—a virtuous cycle of building into the lives of those they meet, who then in turn build into the lives of yet more individuals. My grandmother epitomized this type of life. Hers was a life well-lived.
Watch the full video to learn the rest of Ms Hudson’s remarks.