Roses for Mom – In Loving Memory

The process of painting is a gift in many ways for me. One of these is when I’m working through grieving the loss of a loved one. This week I finished a rose painting created for Linda Campbell, my mother-in-law, as she was dying of Lymphoma.

“Roses for Mom” 14″ X 11″

I was able to share it with her and it did my heart good to see her joy as she took in the colors with her eyes and fingers. It was so special for us both.

“Roses for Mom” – Detail

I used her favorite colors: lavender, purple and pinks. Mom and I shared a love of flower gardens, particularly roses.  The photograph I used for this painting was one of hundreds I took last summer at the rose garden in Tacoma, Washington. I don’t recall the name of the rose, but I love how it changes colors as it blooms. The buds are deep pink and they open to lavender with pink edges and veins, then the pink fades to old lavender with bits of rust. My goal was to paint the main bloom as the focal point and treat the other flowers with less and less sharpness with the farthest petals mere blur of colors.

After it was finished I looked at it and saw how this symbolizes a beautiful life … budding, colorful, blooming, transforming, fading … and blessing others.

Linda Campbell 1960

Linda Kay Campbell

September 24, 1941 – May 23, 2013

Linda Campbell went home to be with Jesus today. Her smiles and silly sense of humor brought joy to the family even in the ending days. She is survived by her loving husband, Dave, (50 years of marriage), and two sons, Brian and Mark (my husband), and adopted daughter, Nadja. Linda and Dave fostered over 25 children showing them the love of Christ and blessing them by helping them get healthy and equipping them with life skills.

Linda Campbell 1971

I always admired the endless ways that they shared the gospel and discipled others. They leave a legacy that I’ve seen spreads out and will continue for generations to come. Mom will be missed. But we are glad she is no longer in pain, the fears are gone and she is at peace with Jesus.

Linda and Dave Campbell 2007

Your laughter was infectious! Your love of Christ, contagious! Worshipping with you was pure joy! We love you, Mom! We will see you in Heaven.

Creatively Yours,


  1. So sorry for you loss Laura… Thankful she knew the Lord and it is only “see you later.” Your painting it gorgeous and such a special gift that pertains to so many and for so many reasons. Hugs and praying for you in the days ahead.

  2. Kristi McCue says:

    I’m so very sorry Laura, however like Jennie said – it’s only “see you later” – that is the promise to those who place their hope in the Lord. We will see Linda again, and we can rejoice in her life here on earth, and cherish the promise that we will see her again. Praise the Lord in all things- and she’s no longer in pain, that is a blessing.

    We are praying for you & your family during this time. Love you!

  3. Oh Laura – this is beautiful and so deeply moving. What a beautiful gift you have and have touched so many with. I am sure that Linda’s days were brightened seeing your beautiful painting. It is such a blessing to know that those we love and are of the faith have gone before us and wait for that great day when we shall all behold HIM. Our loss is heaven’s gain – such a peace in knowing this but still an ache in the heart for the absence of the one we love – but only for a time! I am praying for you, Mark and the family. Love to you all, always and all ways my dear friend! I {{{heart}}} you!

  4. Oh Laura, may the Lord continue to provide you with the comfort of His promises through His Word and by His Spirit as you mourn the loss of one who is so very dear. You have written and painted a beautiful tribute to your godly “mother-in-love” and as she was such an encouragement and inspiration to you, you are to others. You, Mark and your entire family are in our prayers!

  5. What a beautiful memorial, Laura. So sorry for your loss, but happy to know she is worshipping at the feet of Jesus! May you be filled with His peace that transcends all understanding during this time. What a beautiful gift of love you were able to share with her. I will be always be grateful for her gift of hospitality, letting us stay in their home while we visited. Hugs to you and Mark!

  6. I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I know your faith in God and his promises will comfort you. I’m sending you a big hug.~Renee

  7. MariLynn says:

    Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. Thankful that you will see her again and that she is no longer suffering. Praying for you and your family as you deal with this loss. Praying that God will strengthen you and comfort you and that you will feel His presence near. HUGS

  8. Naghma Husain says:

    So sorry for your loss, Laura. Wishing you and your family peace and love. 

  9. Because we have assurance of Linda’s eternal life with Christ we find so much comfort in that knowledge. We also feel a relief from watching her suffer and the stress of the last few weeks. God is so merciful and faithful! Our faith is strong and so is the bond of love in our family. We are supporting each other in grieving, building relationships, strengthening family, carrying on as Linda would’ve wanted it. She is a part of all of us.

    Thank you ALL for your prayers and thoughtful sentiments. You make my heart swell with gratefulness for your friendships and love!

    To God be the glory!

  10. Oh Laura…. I’m so sorry for your loss, but as I wrote when my own mom died… earth grieves, but heaven rejoices as another saint comes home. What a wonderful legacy your MIL left behind… and your painting is just beautiful! A very special treasure with tender meaning! Sending love and hugs to you and Mark, and the whole family!

  11. What a beautiful comfort for you to be able to paint, a true gift from God. What a beautiful gift to Mark’s mother as you shared it with her.
    May you know the Peace that passes  all understanding as you grieve the loss of a wonderful woman of God, being comforted in the knowledge that this parting is only ‘for a while’.
    Prayers and blessings

  12. Becky D says:

    I am sorry for your loss Laura, but at the same time what a blessing to know that your beautiful mother-in-law is with Jesus, worshipping and loving Him as she did here on earth. I wish everyone could have that kind of assurance, to know that their loved ones are truly in a better place. God bless you and your family at this difficult time.

  13. Becky D says:

    I forgot to mention how absolutely lovely this painting is! The whole reason I started painting was to be able to paint for the people I loved, but I have not actually reached that goal yet. What a treat for your mother-in-law and also for you to remember that you did this for her.

  14. What a beautiful painting!! Love the colors!!
    I am so sorry for your loss! Hugs and blessings!

  15. What a gorgeous painting and an even more beautiful tribute to Linda. You all have been in my prayers and thoughts. I wish we could come over and give you all a big hug. For now, our prayers will continue for your family and quietly reflect on heaven where goodbyes, pain and tears will be no more! We love you, Campbell family!

  16. Your choice of flower and color is just as I see Linda when I think of her. What a beautiful way to memorialize her. Love and prayers to you and your family.

  17. Laura this painting is stunning!!  Wow!  You don’t look like you need classes to me.  I love the softness of the colors and how it is a tribute to your MIL in so many ways.  What a treasure.  ;

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