Saturday, December 29, 2007

Good-bye Grandma. We'll Miss You...

This morning my family woke to the news that my Grandma (my mom's mom) had passed away overnight. It wasn't a surprise but still it is always hard to let loved ones go. She had failed greatly since we celebrated her 90th birthday last month and her body had quickly begun to shut down. It's difficult for us but it's a blessing for her. After almost 18 years of being separated she and Grandpa are together again in heaven!


Here are a few of my favourite pictures of Grandma...

Surrounded by most of her children and their spouses last month at her 90th Birthday celebration.


My mom, Grandma and Aunt Marg in April of 2006


This one always makes me smile! If you knew my dad and grandma, they always loved to tease one another. It began early on when dad started dating mom and the teasing never stopped. She always had a broom on the front porch for sweeping it and without fail, whenever we were there dad would 'hop on' and say 'Hey Crabby, (his love term for her) it's trying to take off with me!' Or, 'I saw you fly by the other night!' She swat him, shake her finger at him and then give him a peck on the cheek. Sweet, sweet memories!


To make this even more special. Grandma's broom (which Dad had put his name on years ago) was one of the items that was spared when she lost her home to the fire last fall. Just Wednesday my aunt remembered to give it to him so Grandma's broom is safely tucked away in Mom and Dad's van. Somehow I won't be surprised if the next time I go to visit mom and dad, Grandma's broom is standing tall in the corner of their porch.



Grandma loved to laugh and loved to have a good time. When I asked her to pose for a picture last year she felt it would be best if she showed a little leg!


Oh Grandma. I love you and miss you already!! xoxoxoxo

58 comments:

  1. So sorry my friend. So glad you got to see her so recently. Prayers are with you!

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  2. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers your way.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your Gram. I love the pic with her showing a "little leg".

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. I am sorry for your loss. I still miss my grandmother (and its been over 15 years since she passed away). My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family at this time.

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  5. Sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  6. Catherine I am so very sorry for your loss.

    My prayers are with you and your family. Thinking of you.

    HUGS!

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  7. Now I know where you get your spunky-ness from.

    So sorry for your loss.

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  8. So sorry for your loss. Sending good thoughts to you and your family.

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  9. Condolences on your loss. But, you showed great and warm memories.

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  10. Catherine,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Grandmother. She and all of your family are in my prayers.

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  11. Catherine, so sad to hear this. you and your family are in my thoughts. its never easy to lose someone you love so dear.

    leslie

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  12. So sorry for your loss.You and your family are in our prayers.
    Donna

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  13. Oh Catherine I am so sorry for you and your families loss! I am sending many prayers your way.

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  14. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  15. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

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  16. I'm so sorry Catherine. You are right when you say that even if it is expected that it doesn't make it any easier.

    Thinking about you.

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  17. I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Catherine. I know that this was not a surprise for you, but I am sure that the hurt is still there and that that you will feel her loss greatly.
    Thinking of you, my friend.

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  18. She sure seemed like a lovely, funny, spunky woman. I'm sure she will be missed a lot. Loved the story about "showing a little leg".

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  19. Catherine,

    I'm sorry to hear about your sweet grandma. I loved to hear your stories about her. She sounds like she was precious and wonderful. What a blessing to know that she is in heaven with her dear husband.

    Hugs for you. And prayers, of course.

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  20. Oh Catherine!! I'm soooo sorry to hear about your sad news today!! Praying for you and your family!! Love you!!

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  21. May peace fill your heart with the knowledge that your Grandma is in heaven with your Grandpa.

    She looks like she was a fun-loving lady.
    ((hugs))
    love
    Lee-Anne

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  22. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sounds like you have many wonderful memories of your Grandma. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. ((((Hugs)))

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  23. So very sorry to hear about the great loss in your family. She sounds like a Grandma that enjoyed life to the fullest. I can not imagine letting either of my Grandma's go right now. My prayers for you and your family.

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  24. I'm so sorry Catherine. There are no words that will take away your pain and your sorrow. Just know that we are both here for you if you need anything.

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  25. Catherine,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

    Lea

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  26. Catherine I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you.

    May you find peace in the wonderful memories that you have. I will be thinking of you during this difficult time.

    (((HUGS)))
    Nikki

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  27. Lifting you and your family up in prayer. So sorry for your loss.

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  28. So very sorry to hear about your loss.

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  29. Catherine,
    We are sorry for your loss. Your photo tribute is a great testimony to her character, her love & her sense of humor.
    Blessings,
    Don & Be

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  30. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know looking at these pictures of her must have flooded you with wonderful memories.

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  31. I'm sorry to read about your loss. Thoughts & prayers are with your family.

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  32. Oh Catherine, I am so sorry. Your grandma looked like a wonderful woman with a lot of spirit! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  33. I'm sorry for your loss, but your grandmother will always be in your heart. Your pictures show a wonderful woman who gave you great memories. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.. Like I told my granddaughters, when I am gone look in the sky and if you see a shooting star know I am sending you a kiss and hug and I am ok. Linda

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  34. I am sorry Catherine. Your Grandma sounds like a wonderful woman. What a beautiful tribute to her your post is. Hugs....

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  35. I am so sad to hear of your families loss.

    Our deepest sympathies.

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  36. Prayers are lifted for you tonight...I hope God brings you comfort in your loss...

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  37. Sorry to hear of your loss. Best wishes as you begin to deal with this great loss.

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  38. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Hoping warm memories help sustain you through this.

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  39. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts during this time.

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  40. Reading your posts over the past year or so, I knew your grandma had a special place in your heart. I know you must miss her terribly, but she is in a wonderful place now...

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  41. Sorry to hear about your G'ma. You have the right attitude. You will miss her but it is a blessing to her. Just think she is onto her next step and is with her husband. Also, she can watch over Hannah until she is lovingly in your arms!

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  42. Oh Catherine, I am so very sorry for your loss.....
    I love that you said after being separated from your grandfather, they will finally be together.
    God bless.....

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  43. I am so very sorry to hear about your grandmother... condolences to you and your family. She seemed like a really cool lady. :-)

    Julie

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  44. she is watching over you!

    hugs,
    shelly

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  45. It seems like your grandma had a wonderful personality and has left you with lots of fond memories. How wonderful that you were able to spend some time with her just recently too.

    So very sorry for your loss.

    Sherri

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  46. My sympathies, Catherine - it is so nice to have happy memories.

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  47. Sorry for your loss! Your grandmother looked like a wonderful person.

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  48. Catherine I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers and keeping you in my thoughts.

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  49. Catherine I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers and keeping you in my thoughts.

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  50. Catherine I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers and keeping you in my thoughts.

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  51. So sorry to hear of your loss (and sorry for the belated condolences)
    Your grandma sounds like an amazing lady -- love the 'leg' picture. What a character!
    Cari

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  52. Sorry I am late, my condolences on you loss. Anytime it is difficult but this season a loss is particularly hard.

    Hugs

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  53. I am so sorry Cathy, our prayers are with you and your family right now.

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  54. Very sorry about your Grandma's passing. It's so hard to loose a loved one and a Grandparent is so so hard. Our prayers are with you Catherine!

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  55. With heart-felt sympathy in the loss of your Grandmother. So glad you had a chance to say good-bye.


    Liam and Sherry-Lou Tunny
    Regina

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  56. Lovely photos and a wonderful tribute to your Grandma. They have such a special place in our hearts. Our thoughts are with you.

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  57. Oh Catherine....as you can see I'm JUST catching up on my blogs. I knew you were heading to Disney, but had no idea about the passing of your Grandma. I'm so sorry!!! That was a wonderful post about her (love the broom story). I feel for you as my Grandma is dying with Cancer right now....but is hanging in there!!!

    We'll talk soon!!!

    HUGS

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