2019 Jubilarian – Charlotte (Coletta) Walby

I attended St. Mary Church and grade school adjacent to our farm. I loved daily Mass and the many scheduled devotions. At 16, I felt called to follow Jesus in a special way. Eventually, I felt called to become a Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

I liked the idea of consecration; there was a call for a close walk with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The most glorious day for me was the taking of the vows, which was a deep consecration to God and God’s total acceptance of me. Consequently, everything that I did and everywhere I went was in that atmosphere of friendship with God, who always helped me through the difficult times and was there during the celebrations.

*I’m only human;

I’m just a woman.

Help me believe

In all I could be

And all that I am.

Days of training, service and prayer, developed all I could be (one day at a time).

Show me the stairway

I have to climb.

Lord for my sake,

Teach me to take

One day at a time.

Years of education to become a teacher, graduating from Marygrove and Wayne State. After 45 years in classroom teaching, I was called to be a guardian (caregiver to a family member and the elderly in their homes).

Service in the nursing home; trained to be a chaplain in the hospital.

One day at a time Sweet Jesus

That’s all I’m asking of you.

Just give me the strength

To do every day what I have to do.

You were there walking with me, through all these years – one day at a time.

There were many happy times, celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, Jubilees (for me 25, 50, 60, 70, 75, 80 and now 85). A life so swiftly lived.

Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus,

and tomorrow may never be mine.

Lord help me today,

Show me the way,

One day at a time.

*”One Day at a Time,” by  Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson. Retrieved May 13, 2019, from hymnlyrics.org.