This week my wife’s grandmother died. She died on her 97th birthday. There is something poetic about going out of this life on the same date you come in, 97 years later! It seems like a perfect circle; birth, death, and birth again into the next life. Grandma had a keen sense humor and no doubt is enjoying this more than anyone.
Grandma lived a remarkable life in many ways. She was married for over 60 years and then lived independently until she was 90. She raised 6 kids, had 19 grandchildren, 47 great grand children, and 9 great-great grand children. In the process of hanging around so long Grandma touched many lives with her love for people and enthusiasm for life. She always had a smile and something pleasant to say and rarely complained. Her joy was simply having people stop by to visit. She had a long prayer list and faithfully lifted up her loved ones on a daily basis.
Grandma was one of those unassuming and charming people who made a big impact on people around her and didn’t even seem to realize it. In addition to all of her family, her legacy is one of love and laughter. We should all aspire such success and leave such a gift.
We miss you Grandma!