Friday, July 14, 2006

The passing of a great woman.......

my acquired children's grandmother passed away last night in her sleep. It was a blessing. She has been in a long term care facility in Kentucky for the last 5 years or so. She had Parkinsons. This woman was my husbands ex-mother-in-law and yet she accepted me and genuinely liked me. She was a very kind and gentle person......the kind when you meet for the first time, you instantly like and know that they have a good heart!

Our children are having a rough time with this. Our daughter that lives in Kentucky has seen her grandmother on a regular basis. Our son, who lives in Michigan, has not. He is regretting the fact that she didn't get to meet his newest son who was born May 29th and that he didn't get to see her recently. We didn't get to see her when we were in Kentucky last week either. It didn't work out for us to be able to get over to the facility she was in. I'm sorry about that too! Our daughter probably has some regrets, too, although I have not been able to speak with her at length as of yet.

The funeral will be back here in Michigan since that is where she was originally from and where her dear departed husband is laid to rest too. The funeral is all pre-paid and pre-arranged by her. Before her Parkinsons was too bad, she made all the arranagement herself so her family wouldn't have to deal with it. Now all we are waiting for is the family to arrive from Kentucky whenever they can make it here and how soon the funeral home in Kentucky can arrange to have her body delivered here.

This was truly a woman who brought laughter and happiness to those around her while she was living and will surely generate a lot of tears with her passing. God rest her soul!

14 comments:

The Editor said...

((((Martie))) I am truly sorry for your family's loss.

hugs,

-firebird-

David E. Patton said...

I am sorry for you loss but we all know and it sound like she knew that we all will die in our time. I hpoe that she lived a forfilled life. With the passing of a loved one we are given cause to muse on our own passing. I'm 53 and know that I am in the last half of my life. I accept this with grace and hope that other will do the same.

Renee said...

So sorry to hear about that, Martie.
Your family will be in my prayers.

Mindless Dribbler said...

Ah man...my thoughts are with your "aquired" children. Always sad when losing a person that's kind of heart.

It's Just Me said...

I'm so sorry for the loss, Martie.

But it's always nice to hear the dearly departed spoken of in such glowing terms. It sounds like she was a very special lady.

Ame said...

Wow ... to live a full life flowing with love and beauty followed by many who long to be in your presence just one more time :) A beautiful woman; an incredible goal :)

Connie and Rob said...

Dear Martie,
I am so very sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was a wonderful person. Hopefully your memories of her smile will help you get through your tears.

Take care,
Connie

poet said...

over from ~firebirds~ page. i'm sorry for the trouble your family is haveing at this time. i'm sending some humble prayers and gentle hugs your way...poet

Nelly said...

Very sorry to hear Martie...hugs to you and your family.

Rachel said...

Thank you for writing such wonderful words about my grandmother. I am so happy that you were able to meet and love her too. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

martie said...

firebird, renee, mindless dribbler, IJM, nelly, poet, connie and rob: Thanks for stopping by and for your thoughts and prayers for the family. It is appreciated.


AME: She was a beautiful woman and will be greatly missed. We should all try and live our lives so we bring laughter while alive and people will have loved us enough to cry after we pass! Thank you.

david e. patton: thanks for stopping by my blog....it's nice to have new visitors, especially ones who understand all aspects of life!

rachel: I feel very fortunate to have been able to meet and love your grandma. She was one special lady and she loved you a gret deal! I can see a lot of her compassion for people in you! And you take after her in the "kind heart" area too! I love you!

Rebecca said...

Hi Martie -
I'm sorry for your loss....
It's funny, when I first read your post, I had to re-read it, because of the way you mentioned your "acquired" children; I didn't quite get it at first.

We're not always so fortunate to have families embrace us when we join their already existing circles; that's wonderful that she was a kind woman, who I'm sure has left many footprints in your lives.

Tink said...

I came to your blog to thank you for your kind words when my mum passed away and I find this... Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I think she wouldn't want regrets from any of you. She sounds like a wonderful woman and she'll understand. I believe she still sees everything from above and watches over her family.

Samantha said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You and yours will be in my prayers. It always hurts to lose someone that is special to us, but I like to think that they are going to their real home and they will never have to suffer again. Love your blog, you seem to have such a wonderful family.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers,
Samantha