February 1, 1932 - September 23, 2010
A grandmother, mother, wife, sister and aunt...she will be missed so much. I am taking comfort in the fact that I know she's in heaven now singing praises to Jesus with a whole and cancer-free body.
Lots of hairspray and getting her hair "teased" at the salon
Sweatshirts with the fake collars and embroidered designs
Clip on earrings (she never had pierced ears)
Making up songs to silly things just because she loved singing so much
A small giraffe figurine used for scratching backs
Anne of Green Gables and grilled cheese sandwiches
Snuggling in the chair next to the fire
Her naturally long nails always painted with clear polish or a French manicure
Lots of jewelry
Always matching/coordinating her clothing and accessories from her rings down to her socks
Being cold and sipping coffee or hot cocoa during their winter visits to Washington
A silver spoon ring and spoon bracelet that she passed down to me
Money for sleeping in my bed on visits
Running from Grandpa while he chases her trying to tickle her
Gardening and flowers
Thanksgiving meals around the big wooden table
These are all things that remind me of my Grandma. I’ll miss all these things. I’m so looking forward to going down there and being in her house and smelling her smell. I know it will be different and so strange without her there. I’m not looking forward to that part of it. I can’t tell you how many memories I have with her or how much she meant to me despite being two states away. She was a very different person the past year with the effects of cancer and chemo and radiation, but she still had the same heart. She will be missed so very much.
Grandma, I love you. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there with you more. I’m going to miss you so much, but I know I’ll see you again. I’m so glad you’re free of cancer now and in a place of eternal peace and joy.