Gertruida Magrietha "Gerty" Nortje
Born: 30 December 1921

Passed away: 20 December 1999

Sadly missed by:
Her husband, children,


great grandchildren

God Saw You

God saw you getting tired,
When a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped his arms around you,
and whispered, "Come to me".
You didn't deserve what you went through,

So He gave you rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,

He only takes the best
And when I saw you sleeping,
So peaceful and free from pain
I could not wish you back
To suffer that again !

I Regret

My God, why did you take my mother?
Angles took the wrong one - not her -

Regret is a feeling that I feel everyday;
You took her from me, and I didn't say -
"I Love You, Mom," in my own way;

Only to hear her say it back to me.
God, why couldn't you just let us be?
She didn't deserve to die;
Didn't deserve to be in pain,
Only to leave me here asking you why -

Night after night when I cry in vain................




During your time on Earth you walked proud and always
tried to maintain a firm and steady footstep,

but as with all human beings,
there were many times,
during your life that your footsteps would falter.
You struggled to keep walking,
stumbling sometimes,
tripping and falling at other times.

Now that you have travelled on
beyond this world,
the struggling, stumbling and tripping
are unknown memories to you.

You may now walk with total grace,
treading lightly amongst the heavens,

or simply spread your wings and float along
upon the breath of our Lord.

You are no longer my mother on Earth,

but an angel I know as

" Because You Loved Me "

For all the times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see

For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you

I'll be forever thankful for you
You're the one who held me up, Never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through through it all
You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak

You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'cause you believed
I'm everything I am,
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me,
You said no star was out of reach

You stood by me and I stood tall,
I had your love I had it all

I'm grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don't know that much,
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you
You were always there for me,
The tender wind that carried me

A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth

My world is a better place because of you
I'm everything I am, Because you loved me

" I'm Everything I Am~

Because You Loved Me "



Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a soul like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear,

The hour I first believed.
Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;
'Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.
Yes, when this heart and flesh fail,

And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the vail,
A life of joy and peace.

(My Mother's favorite song)

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Gone Too Soon

Like a comet blazing across the evening sky -

Like a rainbow fading in the twinkling of an eye -

Shining, sparkling and splendidly bright -
Like the loss of sunlight on a cloudy afternoon -

Like a castle, built upon a sandy beach -

Like a perfect flower that is just beyond your reach -

Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight -

Like a sunset dying with the rising of the moon -


Recited by her darling granddaughter Luanda at her funeral









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Born on: January 19, 2000