WESTVILLE, Fla. (BNc) — Eileen Speigner, 88 years old, is quilting and making blankets for the Geneva County Sheriff’s Department. The small blankets, both quilted and crocheted, are 36” square or by the width of the material.
The idea was presented to her by a friend she met in the local grocery store.
Knowing Eileen was a quilter, she mentioned about the need of blankets for children that are picked up by the Sheriff’s Department from abused homes, or other situations. She related how toys and stuffed animals are always given, but the children reach for and hang on to the blankets.
Eileen’s heartstrings were touched upon hearing this, and she knew she could make them.
“I do not want my name mentioned,” adding “I always try to stay busy,”she said.
As she paused from her work she commented, “As a child I remember my mother used to sit by the fireplace and quilt all the time. I wondered why she didn’t quit. Now I know.”
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I will be married 55 years on December 18. We have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.