“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

My Granny Hester lives on through her family in many ways and this is pretty amazing. First of all, her girls look like her and while Mama was alive she looked like her too. As she got older, she looked even more like her. I also know that her cooking legacy was passed on to her girls, too. Our Mama was our Granny Hester cook and our Aunt Agnes has always carried on the cooking legacy too. But, even more than looks or food the entire Hill and Lancaster families have always been close. They inherited her nature of being sweet and kind to everyone. Granny Hester had many grandchildren that were not grandchildren by blood but her adopted ones.

Janice Sasser, of Goldsboro, is the daughter of Ruby Hicks, who wrote weekly columns for the Mount Olive Messenger for six years.