This was the passage preached from in Edith's church, Trinity Presbyterian here in Rochester, MN yesterday. Chris Harper had prepared his sermon before hearing of her death and did a great job. Easter was a wonderful encouragement in the midst of tears. This was Edith's firm hope as it is ours.
1 Cor. 15:50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[a]
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”[b]
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
It was so appropriate to mingle our sorrow with this joyous hope as we live in the shadow of Edith's work that was indeed not in vain. Christ's Resurrection is the reality around which all of life revolves. Many people have so many lovely memories of her 18 years here in Rochester, MN.