October 5, 1942 - December 20, 2020
Obituary for Rani Bala John October 5th, 1942 - December 20th, 2020 Rani Bala John, of Haridwar, was born to this world on October 5th, 1942, and lived a fulfilling life until her passing on December 20th, 2020. She is survived by her daughter, Christine, her son-in-law, Harish, and her three grandchildren, Eshan, Avi, and Janvi. Rani lived her life in devotion to others, serving professionally as both a teacher, and in the second half of her career, as an accomplished principal of a school she founded for underprivileged children. Perhaps larger than her commitment to her family and school was her commitment to Christ and His calling. She lived her life with humility, and could always be found reciting her favorite passages from the Holy Bible and teaching others of the kindness of Christ. The following are words from her closest family members: “The day I found out you were coming to live with my family and I was one of the happiest days of my life. My life had come full circle. Before I came to the US, we spent every day together. You were my best friend, my adventure partner, my most important confidant. You were always such a blessing to have in my life, and I can’t believe sometimes how lucky I got, getting the honor of having the best mom in the world. After coming here, you took complete responsibility of helping me raise my three children, and most of the credit for their upbringing belongs to you. I will be eternally grateful for the sacrifice you made, leaving your life in India behind solely to devote yourself to your family here. I am sure that even if I searched far and wide, I will never come across another being that exhibited your courage, your humility, and your love. There is no one like you, and even though i’m sure you got tired of me saying it, “ma, you’re a unique piece on this Earth.” I will miss so many things about you; your fighting spirit, your commitment to always do what’s right, your quirky sense of humor. But above all, I will miss your relentless devotion to your family. I know that today you are sitting with your Creator, away from all the pain and suffering this world has to offer. But I can’t help but feel selfish and want you back. I will do my absolute best to continue living in your name, Ma. Life feels pointless today, like there’s no purpose in moving on without you. But I know how much you’d scold if I said anything like that in front of you. I will honor you with my actions and by loving those around me, just as you did for your entire life. Your memories, your laughter, and your presence will live on in my household. I can’t wait to see you again. Thank you everything, Matha. I love you. “ Christine “There is no story that showed your devotion to me more than the story of your three day fast. I remember coming to you with some problems I was dealing with at work, and knowing you as a woman of prayer, I asked you to pray for me. You immediately went to work and began a fast, unbeknownst to me, and didn’t even tell anyone why you hadn’t eaten in three days. My problem was resolved a little bit later, and it was then I realized, after pestering you, that you had fasted for me. You had gotten so weak, but your pursuit of prayer as the answer above all things, was one of the most remarkable testaments to who you were as a person. This year, I was not expecting to lose two mothers, and your absence has left a large hole in my heart. So many unsaid words and hugs that I still needed to give you, but they can wait until I see you again. I will miss you so much, Ma.” Harish “Hey Nani, I have so much stuff I wanted to tell you but I understand you had to go. Thank you for your knowledge you passed onto me. Thank you for being my best friend all these years. Thank you for bringing my family closer to me and I promise I will take care of them while you’re gone. Most of all, thank you Nani for supporting me in any decision and I really hope one day I make you really proud. I miss you so much but I hope you find your way home and can rest. I will always love you Nani. Goodbye my sweet little angel.” Eshan “Nani, Truly great teachers are rare in this world, and I’m eternally grateful that I was able to spend the last two decades in the presence of one of them.Thank you for bringing me closer to Christ. For watching over our family all these years. For teaching us the true rewards of righteous sacrifice. For living for others, and putting everyone’s needs before your own. It has been an honor, and a privilege, to have had the opportunity to be raised by you. Today, as words begin to fail me, I want you to know how terribly much I’m going to miss you. Your infectious laugh, your beautiful smile, and your keen ability to make everyone around you feel better about themselves. The power of your presence continues to radiate through our family, stronger now even though you’ve gone to Heaven. Your humility will continue to be the standard from which I live the rest of my life, and your kindness will be the foundation upon which, one day, my children will stand, so that they too can see the world as you saw it. I’ll miss your Rajma and Bhindi, and seeing your name on my phone everyday. Your voice, always stricken with concern over my well-being. It was an honor to be with you in your final moments in this world, holding your hand as you went to meet Jesus. And it will be an honor to continue to serve you, and the purposes and values you lived for, even after you’ve gone. I’ll wait, although impatiently, for the moment where I get to see you again. Love you, Nani Jaan.” Avi “I am so privileged to have been so close with my grandmother. Nani, you were my biggest blessing and I will hold you in my heart forever. The bond that we share is so special and my soul will always be connected to yours. I know you celebrated Christmas in Heaven this year, and that brings me so much joy. You were beautiful, resilient, and loved your people so passionately. You lived your whole life serving others and I can only hope to do the same in my lifetime. You taught me how to love unconditionally and how to look to the Lord for guidance. Thank you for showing me how to be a woman of God and always leading me by faith. I will miss your sweet voice, comforting hugs, and delicious cooking. Your presence brought warmth and light into my life and I am certain of the impact you left in this world. I can’t wait to see you again someday. I love you so much, Nani. You will always be my beautiful angel. I promise to make you so proud. Everything I do is for you.” Janvi “Dear Nani, I am so blessed to have known you. From the minute I met you, I noticed how your happiness and energy radiated upon others. Thank you for making me feel included in the family and for accepting me. I am going to miss coming over and enjoying your rice pudding. It was humbling to see how you took care of your family, especially Janvi. Your relationship with her is something I have always admired. Some of my fondest memories have been at Apple Hill Orchards with you in the fall time. It will be challenging navigating life without you and your wise words. I know you are looking after us even when we can no longer see you. I look forward to the day where I can see you again. I love you with all my heart, Nani.” Travis “Nani, while every moment I spent with you was enriched with love, my favorite memories with you took place in the morning. There was a time when I would drop Avi off to work and have some hours to spare before my own job started. So you and I would spend the mornings drinking chai, sometimes chopping okra together, as you told me stories. You would recount tales of India, always with a warm remembrance in your laughter of your past there. You told me about every time when you were scared, in danger or in pain, that your prayers saved you. It was apparent to me that you had built a very strong connection to the heavens above and it showed in your kindness. The love with which you doted on your daughter, and in turn your son-in-law and three grandchildren, was an inspiration to me. I remember rushing Avi home from college on a day that he fell sick. It was you that came to his rescue, feeding him what he could only describe as a magic antidote along with a warm plate of your wondrous food, which could have had healing powers on its own. Since then, I knew what kind of hero you were to this family, and your fierce loyalty was the greatest shield against the world that your loved ones could ever ask for. It was hard to miss that even in your last days, you were waking up at the break of dawn to cater to your home, your garden, and most importantly your family members. There was no food, no place, no experience that didn’t bring you joy if your people were with you. I wish you were still here so that we could keep doing the things that made you break into that lovely smile. It was your light-heartedness that kept the family afloat amidst all hardship. I hope we can remember your wisdom, your mercy, and your faith in any troubles that lie ahead. The light you created in this family was something I had the honor of being a part of quite quickly. I remember the last time I was able to meet with you in October, at the end of our last family trip all together— we were standing outside the backyard to oversee the bird feeder and your blossoming tomatoes. You put your arm around me and hugged me tightly, saying, ‘You are a part of this family now,’ with a firm, convicted tone of love and warmth that I know I’ll be able to feel for the rest of my days on earth. Love you Nani, God bless you.” Shaima
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