Thursday, October 06, 2011


Friday morning, as we were getting ready to head out the door to drive to Liberty, my dad called me to let me know that my Great-Grandma Betty had passed away late Thursday night.

We will miss Grandma Betty. She was a fun, sweet lady who has just always been there. She was at every family function - dressed to the nines at that - and often brought food for them, too. She would definitely still put out a spread if you came to visit her at home, though she would always preface it with, "Well, I don't know if anything's fit to eat." In reality, she could cook most of us under a table. She could tell you everything about every family member's history, back several generations. She could spend hours looking through photo albums and scrapbooks, telling you exactly who was in the pictures, what they were doing, who they were related to, etc. She also loved baseball and has made it to see the Cincinnati Reds every summer for a while now. Every time I would see her, she could tell me a story. We got a hand-written Christmas card from her last year.

Every time I would leave to come back home, when I would tell her goodbye, she would say, "Well, I don't know if I'll see you again. I may not be here next time you come." Last October, when she said that, I finally said, "Grandma, you always say that. And you're always still here." She just giggled, smiled, and said, "Yeah, I guess I've been saying that for almost 20 years now." It was my dream for her to see my children. I can't tell you how much it meant to be able to take Gavrel to see her in April and take a five generation picture with her. That is a legacy that he will have for the rest of his life. Yes, we will definitely miss Grandma Betty.

But she was 102 and she loved Jesus - there is so little here to be truly sad about. I tear up a little bit as I write this, because I mourn my own loss. But I know she's having a grand old time in heaven, and our family is lucky to have her in our great cloud of witnesses.


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