The Heroines

Ila Bishop

is honored with a Brick from Her Family

Ila Bishop

Wife, Mother, Mother-In-Law, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and Friend: It is a rare occasion when you can find one person to fill so many roles. This is a tribute to one of those magnificent women, our heroine.

Some people dread the thought of having to see or spend any time around their mother-in-law. Mine has been a friend to me for almost 40 years. We have had memorable times together, both good and bad. We've had times of shopping, crafting, cooking and visiting. We've had times of sadness with losses of family members and friends. We've shared times of anxiety and fright during her breast cancer, her husband's heart surgery and ultimate death. We've shared joys of a growing family, children getting married and having their own children. Through it all, she has been there; a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, a quiet voice of reason, and a heart of gold. She is a "mom" to a lot of people, and a friend to even more. God knew what He was doing when he placed her where He did. He knew that I would need someone to be my friend, and my "MOM" in-law. She is much loved by her family. I pray God's blessing upon her. I honor Ila Bishop as the best mother-in-law around.

Belinda Bishop


Ila is a sweet kind person, she took me in as a son and loved our family. She has a special bond with Melissa and Maria. She went to doctor appointments and helped take care of Maria. One thing I loved about Ila was the way she underlined words in cards that showed her affection for me. I don't know how it started, but Ila would make me a pumpkin cake roll for my birthday, as she has done for about the past 30 years. I also loved her fried chicken, potato salad, and chocolate sheet cake. I think the Best thing I love about Ila are her prayers when I was sick. Matthew 25:35-36 'For I was hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger and ye took me in. Naked and ye clothed me; I was sick and ye visited me: I was in prison and ye came unto me.' I love you Ila!

John Beard


There is so much I could say about my Mother, but words would not cover it all. She is a strong woman of Faith and a Prayer warrior. She is devoted to God, family, and friends. There are funny stories that could be told about her, also stories of the times she stood strong for her faith and family. You can ALWAYS depend on her. She loved to take care of her family. Besides being a Wonderful Mother, she is my Dearest Friend.

I love you!!
Sherry Beard


Grandma is the glue that holds us all together. She faced so many adversities, yet she always overcame. Her mother passed at a very young age so she was raised by her father and sister. She had five children and still felt similar anxieties as I did having a child. Grandma walks a steadfast path with God. She has always led by example and taught all of us to trust in the unseen hand. She is always willing to listen and sometimes the best answer she can give is a big hug. She very rarely gets confrontational with anyone unless it is warranted. One of my greatest memories is watching Grandma make homemade biscuits or peel potatoes (I still can't peel like she can). She always made sure we sat down to eat together and there was always a prayer. I can't imagine where I would be without her guidance, leadership, love and many prayers.

Melissa Pronk


If asked to describe my grandmother I would say she has a love beyond measure, a hug that provides strength, and a constantly growing faith. She reaches out to others in a way that touches their lives. She has helped me when I was sick and could hardly take care of my children. She has talked with me when life was hard, and cared enough to listen when she may not agree with my choices.

With love,
Tiffany Culbertson


Grandma has always been a solid rock in my life. I look back and think "how lucky am I" to have such a good influence growing up. She has always been dependable and is greatly loved by all the lives she has touched. Even my friends call her grandma. Thank you for taking all of us under your wings.

Jami Montroy