Monday, October 29, 2012

A Sad Farewell

Last Thursday, October 25, 2012, our family lost our matriarch... our Nana at the age of 91. My grandmother was an incredible woman. She lived through seemingly countless wars, sending brothers, husband, sons and grandsons off in service to our country. She lived through the Great Depression, major hurricanes, saw a man walk on the moon (on her daughter's birthday) and worked tirelessly for her church well into her late 80's. She buried her husband when the oldest of her children was only 12. She buried a grandchild right after the the dawning of a new millennium. At "best" count (and I say "best" because there are a LOT of us), she had 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

She was the glue that held our family together. She was our Nana. I had posted on facebook Thursday about what a truly amazing woman she was, and one of my childhood friends responded, "Your family has quite a few amazing women, must be her influence." --- I loved that. I like to think that my strength, spine, and ability to laugh in times in trouble come from her. I also like to think that my (now) frugal nature is a legacy she has passed on.

Our weekend was spent with joy and sadness, laughter and tears as we remembered and celebrated the woman who made us all a family. She will be missed.


  1. So very sorry for your great loss... ((hugs)) She sounds so much like my Grandma in law who is also 91. An amazing woman!

  2. So sorry for your loss. Sounds like she left a lot of herself to pass on to that huge family! My grandma is 94 - it's amazing the lives they have led and all they have been through.

  3. Sorry for you loss, she sounds like quite a person. Look at your roots!

  4. Thank you all! She was amazing. Reading over what I wrote again, well, I just didn't do her justice.