January 11, 2010

In loving memory.

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This morning my grandmother passed away.

My Grandma Marion was a practical woman who had little if any pretense about her. She had two sons and always seemed well-suited to be the mother of boys. She was not a woman of many words but was instead a person who would sit back and quietly observe all that was going on around her.

She was widowed many, many years ago and never remarried. She lived in her own home until a few years ago when she moved to an assisted living center where she suddenly had a very active social calendar that included bingo and playing cards with a group of gentleman she called "her men."

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Michal and Kenna were her youngest great grandchildren. When she first met them, Michal looked at her and asked, "Which Grandma are you?" She thought that was so funny and loved to tell people the story of when her great granddaughters came to meet her for the first time.

Eric, the girls and I went to see her in Pennsylvania in October. The girls brought her a pair of Mickey Mouse Crocs and a light-up Mickey Mouse pumpkin, both of which she thought were just hysterical.

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My very practical grandmother loved baseball, doing crossword puzzles and the color pink. She also began collecting dolls as an adult. In her room there were shelves lined with collectible dolls. Michal and Kenna loved visiting her and were completely happy to sit on her floor and play with whatever she allowed them to take off the shelves. When we saw her last, Michal and Kenna put on a lengthy show for her. She was a very patient audience for them and they were only too happy to continue performing for her as long as she wanted.

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My grandmother leaves behind two sons, two daughter-in-laws, five granddaughters, two grandsons and more great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren than I can begin to count.

She also leaves behind a powerful legacy of a woman who lived her life with kindness and grace; a woman who didn't say a lot but who spoke volumes nonetheless.

She will truly be missed.

28 comments:

  1. Kristi - my prayers are with all of you. I lost my grandmother last January and it has been a rough year. It will be a year on 1/21/2010. I love the fact that she loved pink and had Mickey Mouse crocs! <3

    Hugs and prayers.

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  2. Anonymous1:56 PM

    What a lovely tribute.

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  3. Thank you for sharing. Grandma's are so special- they teach us from their experience and through patience. I miss mine both! Blessings.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. She sounds like a wonderful woman!

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  5. Blessings to you and your family. Heaven must certainly be rejoicing.
    I hope someone I love writes something as wonderful as this for me when I leave this earth. What a beautiful tribute to her.

    Debra

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  6. k1polzin3:59 PM

    Kristi~ Prayers to you & your family! She reminds me of my Grandmother...kinda resembles her too! I loved the crocs you brought to her...aww!

    Blessings Kim Evans

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  7. I'm so sorry for your loss. She sounds like an amazing woman.

    Janet

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  8. What a beautiful tribute to your Grandmother. She sounded like an amazing lady. I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

    Lisa

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  9. What a great tribute. Sorry for your families loss. {{HUGS}}

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  10. Kristi, what a loving tribute to your grandmother. She sounds like an amazing woman. Your girls are so lucky they got to meet her and spend time with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    Take care,

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  11. I am so sorry...losing a grandparent is so difficult. My grandmother passes almost 2 years ago and I still miss her everyday. You are very lucky that your girls got to meet her...

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  12. So sorry for this immeasurable loss. You lovely grandmother sounds so much like my own who passed away two years ago. My thoughts and prayers to you all in this time of loss and sadness.

    Kate

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  13. Praying for your family today, Kristi. Such a lovely lady she was. Wonderful that K and M will have the memories of visiting her.

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  14. So sorry. Grandmas are very special & it sounds like she was a terrific lady - she would be proud of your tribute!

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  15. I'm truly sorry for your loss...and the loss of your girls. I will keep you all in prayer. Maybe you can do as we did when we lost my oldest daughter last year. The loss was so hard for Marissa and we are working on a memory box. It seems to really help. If that appeals to you, your girls will be able to keep memories of their special great grandma.

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  16. What a beautiful, special grandmother she was. Thinking of you tonight.

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  17. I loved reading about your grandmother, Kristi. Thinking of you...

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  18. She sounds like a wonderful woman. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  19. My prayers are with you and your family. What wonderful memories you will have.

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  20. Your words were amazing. I envy people who grew up with grandparents. I never did because I came into the family a lot later. But my children get to grow up with both sets of grandparents and will have this wonderful experience for the rest of their lives. Sorry to hear of the loss.

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  21. Anonymous1:33 PM

    So beautifully written . . .

    Jennifer

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  22. What a wonderful way to be remembered. My thoughts are with your family.

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  23. I'm so sorry. Big hugs.

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  24. Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Grandmother. I am so glad she got to spend quality time with your daughters last year. Those are memories they will always cherish.
    Sending you all huge hugs.

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  25. She will rest in peace, you did such a great job of honoring her memory!

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  26. My prayers are with you and your family. I just lost my grandfather last week.

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  27. kindness and grace, I can't imagine a nicer legacy.

    I'm so sorry for your loss, your grandmother sounds like a very sweet woman.

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  28. Beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman in your life. Thinking of youall

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