Two weeks ago my uncle called to say he was planning a trip up the following week to spend time with family and to see grandma. So we talked about getting together while he was here, etc.
Well, grandma passed away two days later surrounded by all of us who live here. Other family from out of state called to say good-bye. It was heartbreaking since losing grandpa 7 months earlier and she'd been doing pretty well until that day. She was laughing and joking around just the day before and then she was ready to go. I got a text from my mom and aunt that Thursday afternoon telling me it was time to say good-bye. Don was working from home that day so we got in the car and headed down. We stayed as long as we could and I got hug and kiss her and tell her how much we loved her. It really means a lot to me that I got to be with my grandparents before they passed away. I got the call 15 minutes after we left that she passed. I'm glad Don was driving us home. My grandma was the rock in the family, She always gave great hugs, advice when you asked for it, and her laughter was infectious. She loved playing games, usually won, and she loved us all so much. She also loved traveling with my grandpa all over the US, Mexico and Canada. Later on they took a bunch of long cruises and went to China, Hong Kong, Panama, Antarctic and Australia to name a few and always shared their trips with us through stories and pictures. Grandma's memorial was this past Thursday and everyone had such great memories to share and my aunt even had a recording of my grandma from the week before that she played and it made us all laugh when we heard grandma say "Where the hell are we going?" The service was beautiful and a great way to remember the amazing lady that she was.
October 31, 1931 - March 24, 2016