This is a picture of my wonderful grandmother. She was a beautiful, strong woman. Mother to seven children, grandmother to 21 and great-grandmother to one, she was an inspiration to so many. My family laid her to rest today and we are all heart-broken. She passed away at the age of 87. She died at home, surrounded by the family that loved her. She fell last weekend, breaking her pelvis and her body just started to shut down. She had suffered from dementia for many years and it was so sad to see the grandmother I once knew slowly fade away. When we visited her after her fall, she kept saying how fortunate, lucky and blessed our family was.
She and my grandfather had been married for 65 years. Aren't they a beautiful couple? This picture was taken shortly after they were married. She was a beautiful person through and through and had the best sense of humor. Many of my favorite memories of her include her cracking jokes, telling stories about the good ol' days and laughing. She had a wonderful outlook on life and never let things get her down. My sisters and I visited her a year or so ago and she came into the living room wearing her sweatpants inside out. My grandfather pointed this out to her and she did a little booty-shake and laughed at herself. She always listened to what everyone had to say and made everyone feel special and loved. She was the heart of our family and I miss her so much.