Eileen Speigner, 94 years old, recently moved into a local retirement home in Geneva, AL. She is as “happy as can be,” according to Speigner. Not only does she read from three to four chapters in her Bible each day, she also writes from memory what she has read in a spiral ring notebook. The rest of the day she stays busy embroidering, quilting, crocheting, and visiting with friends. Eileen is pictured with another quilt square she is working on. The wedding ring quilt top pictured on her bed she plans to donate to the home for a wall hanging when she finishes quilting it. Eileen Speigner is a unique Christian and is a joy to visit.
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 have been married 53 years and have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.