Dr. Agatha's Birthday - Uchee Pines

Today was Mom’s birthday. I wanted to write something to post earlier today, but, as the day progressed, various projects and meetings took the time until now. Probably that’s how Mom would have it,though; mostly she didn’t celebrate her birthdays. In fact, it was pretty easy to sneak a surprise birthday dinner upon her, since she routinely forgot the day anyway. Her 80th was pretty significant, but the Lifestyle Center kitchen crew were able to surprise her with a healthy cake and bring it in all lit up with candles without her even seeing them coming! So, it would probably make her happy that the day was busy and rewarding with a minimum of fuss over what day it was.

It’s amazing how, even though you may have known someone for years, one continues to learn new things about them. Today, we had grits and gravy for breakfast, a meal we had hundreds of times while I was growing up, and many more at Winona after my kids came along. Kelly and I thought it was one of Mom’s favorites; after Dad passed away, Kelly said we’d come up and fix grits and gravy, but Mom said, “No, that was Dad’s favorite, I really don’t care for grits.” What a surprise! Mom put her needs and even preferences on the back burner, while making other’s needs and desires prominent.

After Mom had her first stroke in 2013, she made some steady progress toward recovery. While unable to speak much, she did manage to communicate with a combination of sign language and partial sentences (although many words unintelligible), and one thing she really got excited about was the ride in the golf cart that one of our close friends would give her nearly every day. On her birthday, May 15, 2014, we decided to get her a used golf cart that she could use to get around. We took her to Country Life for lunch, and then went the few minutes drive to the golf cart dealer. As soon as we came around the corner and Mom saw the golf carts, she said, “Oh, yes!” with an excited clap of her hands. Mom had so many happy times driving around in her little red golf cart, and when she couldn’t drive any more, it still brought happiness as she rode around with Kelly or others who took her around to all the places she couldn’t walk to anymore.

I hope you had a wonderful day. Looking forward to Jesus’ soon return!

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  • Diane Kobor

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    May 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Dear Cal, Thanks for sending out stories about your mother. She was very precious to us, both when we were single and after our marriage. I still have a list of personal advice and suggestions that your mother gave me when I was single. She took time with me like a mother. Bela went on trips with the team, and gained much through those experiences. When our daughter was born in 1990 with meconium aspiration syndrome, your mother stayed in touch with us to help us through nearly a month in NICU, and then she helped us to wean Joanna off the phenobarbital that the doctors were required to give her in the hospital. When Joanna was baptized in 2002, your mother stopped by Evansville Sabbath morning to be with us on her way to see her new grandchild. We were so delighted to have her presence with us on that special day! When we needed help in 2007, your mother opened her home to our entire family, and many prayers were answered during that time, especially our prayers for God’s healing power. We saw her one more time after that, as she gave us a tour of the new conditioning center, showed us the bed in her office (!), and invited us to work in the restaurant. Although we wished to make her happy, the Lord led us to stay in the work here in Michigan. Our prayers were with her and the whole family when we heard of her stroke, and we feel this loss along with you. Praise God for the resurrection and the hope of a joyful reunion in heaven! Your family in Christ, Bela, Diane, and Joanna Kobor

  • Yvonne eller

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    May 16, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Just wanted you to know how special your mom was to our family! Whenever we needed medical advice we always called her. I was privileged to see her at callaway gardens the last winter we stayed at living springs. She was walking with a cane and unable to talk well but she was genuinely glad to see us and we her! I will always miss her and I miss my life in the south but a genuine southern belle she was! Heaven will be a wonderful place!!!

  • Marcia

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    May 17, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I would like to send you the encouragement of 1 Thess. 4: 16-17! I met Dr.Agatha over 30years. As a young mom seeking answers in managing my young children’s health naturally, she was a “God sent”. She also trained the Country
    life mid-wives who delivered 2 of my 3 kids! She took time to answer my calls, never too busy to speak to one in need, or to reply to a letter … I’m thankful for all the Health publication she and Dr. Calvin has left behind!
    i have shared it with many. She was God’s servant,a friend, so approachable! I long to see her again,real soon! love and prayers to you all!

  • Fayeann

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    June 14, 2016 at 9:13 am

    It was a priceless experience to have learnt from and worked with Dr. Thrash on her patient rounds and also in sharing her life’s lessons in class or one on one. He life has blessed mine and has encouraged me to bless others.

  • Gretchen Kindrick

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    June 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I just wanted to tell you that Dr. Agatha remains special in our family – for over 40 years, now. She delivered my first child, Jasmine, and helped me learn how to be a mom. Jasmine was born in a guest room in her home, and I know that without her – not only would I have ended up with a cesarean – but with 3 more for subsequent children. I still have one of her first books on natural remedies, and will continue to refer to it whenever the need arises. We loved her, and feel so honored to have been attended by her. Looking at her picture has brought back so many memories. I still remember her bringing Jasmine in to me when I woke up from a nap – all bundled up and in a laundry basket! What an experience – one that shaped my future in not just my own births – but in being called to help other women through their own births. Her trust in the process gave me the same confidence.

  • Randy Stephens

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    February 23, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I’ve been a SDA for 31 years. I met Drs. Calvin & Agatha Thrash a few times and believe in their work. When I meet someone that has or knows someone that has cancer, I refer them to Uchee Pines Institute.
    I’m sad to hear of their passing but glad to know of their destination.
    My deepest condolances.
    I am a member of Auburn Opelika Metro SDA Church.

  • ronnie cauley

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    March 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Dr. Agatha was the sweetest most loving person i have ever met. Will always love her and thank her for all she taught me and did for me. The field schools are still the best thing that ever happened to me. Tho its been 25 years i can still hear her voice.

  • Joan Parham

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    March 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I was unaware of the passing of Dr. Agatha Thrash. I first met her when I was attending Oakwood College Bible Camp. I enjoyed her teachings and started to put some things in practice. She was truly a Godsend not only to me but so many others. I look forward when there will be no more death, no tears, no heartaches and when we can be re-united with our dear loved ones and live with our Saviour through eternity. Blessings.

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