Iola Dees…85 Years Of Faith And Love

85 years ago Iola Young was born. Faith is the best word I can use to describe her because it is her deep and unshakable faith in GOD that makes her the special person she is. It’s Faith in GOD that helped her to raise 8 kids. It’s Faith in GOD let her take care of her man, Paul Dees, for over 60 years. It’s Faith in GOD that helps her serve in any capacity needed at Wilborn’s Temple COGIC. It’s Faith in GOD that lets her take care of friends and family when they are in need. Ask anyone who knows her if Mommy, Iola, Mrs. Dees, Aunt Iola, Sister Dees, Mother Dees, or whatever name you know her by, hasn’t done something nice for them just because it is the right thing to do. We all have stories that show how GOD works through her.

Love is the other word that comes to mind when thinking of my Mother. Only a mother’s Love could deal with 7 kids, get them out of bed, use one tiny bathroom and get them to school or church on time and looking presentable. It was Love that let us know that we were not poor even though we didn’t have a lot. It was Love that kept decent meals on the table. It was Love that made her sacrifice things that she wanted to make sure her kids had what they needed. It was Love that always had an encouraging word in any situation. It was Love that taught us (my siblings) to treat everyone as we would want to be treated. I can’t tell you how many times she has helped me through tough situations kind words and didn’t even know it…that’s Love.

I could go on and on, but on a day when we should be giving you gifts, it seems that you have given us something far greater than we can ever repay with gifts…FAITH and LOVE!


Kenny Dees

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