My Grandmother

by adustyframe ~ September 20th, 2009

My Grandmother went home to be with the Lord yesterday morning. She had been ill from a cat bite and in the hospital for awhile. She was home and healthy for about 10 days.

She fell yesterday morning and died shortly after. No one is quite sure of the actual cause of death–age mostly.  She was 89 years old and had lived a long full life.

I’ve been sad of course! She’s the Grandparent that my siblings and I knew the most. She’d come stay with us in the summertime and she was a hoot.

Grandma was a Rosie the Riveter as well as a Harvey Girl.

My sister and I were talking about her yesterday afternoon–and sniffling too! My sister remembers her rolling down a hill with her. I remember her laughing and picking on my dad–her son in law. She’d tell him that if he had another brain he’d be a half-wit.

She used salt and pepper like you wouldn’t believe! She hated cucumbers with a passion, but she loved candy and fudge!

Anything that could go wrong always happened to Grandma. My mom has hilarious stories about her. Here’s one of our favorites.

My mom was a teenager, and they were leaving on vacation. Grandma wasn’t feeling well, but Grandpa said they should leave anyway. They traveled through the Southwest (think hot!) and Grandma felt so poor all the way.

They stopped at a gas station and Grandma thought if she freshened up, she’d feel better. So Grandma and Mom went into the bathroom to splash cold water on Grandma.

Grandma saw a perfume machine and said that perfume was just what she needed. She put in her nickel and put out her wrist and nothing.

She tapped the side–nothing.

She shook the machine–nothing.

She twisted the nob and tapped everything again–nothing.

Then she squatted down and put her face right by the opening and immediately perfume sprayed all over her face.

Mom said Grandma spit perfume all across Texas.

Poor Grandma! Our other stories involve Grandma sitting on hornets, a cactus, and traipsing through a fancy restaurant with 6 feet of toilet paper trailing behind her.

We are so thankful to know that she knew the Lord. She accepted him when she was 12 years old.

For the past several years, she’s lived with my parents or in their area. We don’t know until Monday when the funeral will be.

I’m not sure if James and I will go. There has been a couple offers of help for plane tickets, and I’m just trying to decide what the best thing to do is.

You can pray for our family. Even when someone dies at a good old age, it’s still sad.

I was very sad yesterday. Today, I was doing better.

Then the song we opened the service was “I can only imagine”. I thought, “Oh Grandma doesn’t have to imagine anymore. She’s there.” And then of course I started to cry.

Lizzie

14 Thoughts Shared to My Grandmother

  1. Pam

    I am sorry for your loss….I want to leave my grandchildren with memories of my love for them and the Lord….I will pray for you

  2. theprincessofquitealot

    Amen! I love this song and Homesick, both by MercyMe. Hugs to you and James!

  3. Jacque

    I am sorry for your loss. I am so excited for you that you have so many good memories and stories of her!
    My grandfather will be 90 on Tuesday and is in a nursing home. I know he won’t be with us much longer, though I sure hope it’s longer than it seems it will be.
    His mother lived to be almost 102, so we hope he holds on a little longer.
    It is sad no matter how old or when. We just miss them!

    My prayers are with you all.
    Love,
    J

  4. MamaHen

    She was such a lovely woman and she sounds like she was so much fun.

    I know you will miss her.

  5. Stephanie

    ((Hugs)) My sympathies to you and your family – I’m so glad she knew Jesus…

  6. TransitionGirl

    so sorry for your loss.

  7. Katherine

    I’m sorry.

    I hope you are able to go to her funeral, where you and James can be surrounded by family!

  8. Robin in New Jersey

    I’m so sorry about your Grama’s passing. How wonderful that she is with the Lord!

    I still miss my Grama. She died 7 years ago and sometimes I wish I could just spend one more day with her.

  9. Barbara H.

    She sounds like such a wonderful lady, and what a treasure trove of stories you have. Someone should write them down.

    If I were you, I’d go if possible. I regret not going to my grandparents’ funerals. With one I just couldn’t because my dad had come to visit us and ended up in the hospital; the other passed away at a time when it would have been difficult to take a trip. I reasoned that they weren’t really there so they wouldn’t mind. But in the funerals I have attended since, I have found them very healing to experience the fellowship with the rest of the family, the stories, the message at the funeral that acknowledges both the sorrow of losing a loved one and the hope of seeing them again and the joy they must now be experiencing.

  10. Melissa

    so sorry about your Grandmother. Will pray for your family. I know it’s sad to lose a loved one, no matter when it happens, but thankful she knew the Lord.

  11. The NON-Superwoman

    Praying that God gives peace as only He can. Sounds like you have some great memories of her!

  12. Jenn

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing those memories of her with us… she sounds like a very special woman indeed.

  13. Terri Moore

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

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