As soon as I heard the sad news, I bought a plane ticket so that I could be with my family to celebrate her life. And I am so glad that I was able to be there for her funeral. It was a great tribute to this wonderful woman who made her family her number one priority. That was evident from the many kind words that were spoken of her that weekend.
One of the best things about being there for her funeral was all the relatives that I got to see that I hadn't seen for years. It's hard for me to live so far from all my family, and it's sad that it takes a funeral to get everyone together, but it was still so nice to see so much family. I think it is a neat tribute to my grandma that of her 25 grandchildren, the only one that was not at her funeral was my cousin who is serving a mission. She made everyone feel like they wanted to make every effort to come and honor her life.
This is my mom holding her two grand babies. At the same time. My mom gave a wonderful talk at the funeral. She had asked my grandma's children and grandchildren to send her their favorite memories of my grandma. It was so neat to hear about some of the wonderful things that my aunts and uncles and cousins remember about her. The things that were repeated were of course her cans of Tree Top apple juice, her love of playing games with family, and the fact that she made us all feel like we were her favorite. I think I will miss her laugh most of all.
This is my dad and my daughter at the cemetery
Hi Great-grandma. When I saw you at the hospital today, I couldn't help but giggle and coo (a first for me, mom says). But, I'm so excited for you. You see, I just left heaven 3 months ago, and I remember how beautiful and wonderful it is. Great-grandpa is there, anxiously waiting for you and so are Heavenly Father and our big brother Jesus. Oh, and your mom! She can hardly wait! They all love you so much and I'm so happy you get to go home and see them soon. Thanks for paving the way for me for my earthly journey. Check in on me now and again. See you later!
After the funeral services were over, a bunch of us went back to grandma's house. It was so great being in that house again, and being there with my cousins and aunts and uncles too. I have so many memories of being all together in that house growing up, and it had been a long time since we were all together there. We went through some of my grandma's things, each of us trying to find something special we could keep to remember grandma by. It was so neat reminiscing with everyone and wondering how we all used to fit in her house for holidays, since it seemed so crowded now. I had to take some pictures of different things in her house that will always be how I remember it. (Even though it was a mess that day, because everyone had begun the process of sorting her things, so there were boxes everywhere).
This day was so full of emotions, and one of my favorite days ever!
We miss you grandma!