|A Tribute in Memory of My Sis Elsie
|During the Nashville Opry recently, a tribute was given to Elsie Clark, one of the event's founders. The tribute was written by Clark's sister, Mildred Thompson. Many of you have requested a copy of the tribute, so we're publishing it, courtesy of Mrs. Thompson.
A Tribute in Memory of My Sis Elsie
Although she has gone, she is still here,
It seems like yesterday instead of a year.
Remember my Sis standing on this stage,
When she gave that Howdy - you all got in a rage.
She gave her jokes for me and for you,
Imitating Dolly Pardon, Johnny Cash and Minnie Pearl -
to just name a few.
Elsie got so excited when January came around,
Planning with the BPW Girls for the best Opry show in town.
Entertaining all over the state far and wide,
Made her happy and she did it with such pride.
The years passed and no more was she so full of energy;
Thad dread disease cancer changed her life a plenty.
She fought very hard to keep going full blast,
She fought with courage and dignity - right 'til the last.
The only rainbow that could lead to that special pot of gold,
Would be the one around my heart for me to love and hold.
God had a place for her which is better by far,
And on January 15, 2006, she saw his star.
What is somewhat comforting -as I miss her so,
Is that Elsie was at peace and was ready to go.
So, thanks to you BPW Girls for this night so dear,
It makes our beloved Elsie seem very near.
Congratulations on the 29 years for a job well done,
For remembering Elsie with tears, such joy and lots of fun.
January 27, 2007