How do we decide someone has lived their life well? The first thing that comes to my mind is what kind of effort the person put into their life. Did they put forth their best effort, always doing the best they were capable of? That's really the crux of the matter, isn't it? Because from that one character trait you can look at how one treats their family, friends, and the rest of the world.
My mother is gone. She passed away October 23rd, 2010. She never sloughed through any task or relationship. She always did her best.
I could go on and on about all the things she did well and she did do many things well. But I won't. She simply did her best, always.
Thank you, Mother, for setting an example I try to follow. Proverbs 31:10 "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." Rubies can't begin to compare with you, Mother.