Tuesday, April 7, 2009
A Beautiful Passing, A Life Well Lived
Sorry to be a bit m.i.a. We've been adjusting to community living (it went from 4 people living in this house to 10--including 5 kids ages six and under!) And yesterday my grandma passed away. So I wanted to share a little bit here just to honor her.
She passed away yesterday with my mom and my grandpa by her side. When it became apparent that she only had a few minutes/hours left, my mom called my aunt so she could say goodbye over the phone. Then she quickly called each of us 5 grandchildren. She held the phone up to my grandma's ear so we could each talk/sing/say good-bye to her. The oldest of us grandchildren lives in China. They couldn't reach her by phone so they sent her an email which she read right away though it was the middle of the night over there. She called my mom's cell phone and got to say goodbye to Granny. Less than a minute later, Granny passed away. God gave her a chance to hear us all before she left. It was very sweet.
My sister and I hopped in the car and drove an hour to see her. We sat next to her and sifted through her Bible which was full of notes, underlines, cards, and letters she'd written to God. In the front she'd written Psalm 71:18 -- "Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come."
And, true to my grandma's personality, amidst all the notes and underlined verses, inside the front cover of her Bible she had the phone number for Crime Stoppers written on a post-it note. (I guess just in case all the trusting and didn't work out) ; ) She was funny. She lived, loved, served, played piano, sang, wrote, taught, and died well. And we'll miss her.