That family has grown from their own 9 children to a number that includes 41 grandchildren, 111 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. I think when we counted at the funeral we found all but one or two of her grandchildren were there. I'm grateful we were able to be counted among them. I attribute that though to how important she was to all of us and how grateful we are to belong to her family and the legacy her and my grandpa built - a legacy of faith, family and hard work.
I broke down after seeing my mom release her tears and emotions when she and her sister, followed by all of my grandma's posterity, lined the path leading to the hearse and witnessed my grandma being escorted from the church by her pallbearers (most all of whom were her sons and my mom's brothers). I'll never forget that moment perhaps mostly because it seems to literally break my heart when I see my strong and courageous mom hurt in any way. I ached for her and all of us feeling my grandma's loss.
|My grandmas only daughters - my Aunt Annette and my mom - they were strong girls to survive all those brothers! :)|
|Each of us holding a flower taken from the beautiful flowers provided for my grandma.|
|My grandma's favorite flower was the rose and her favorite color was red so it was easy deciding what flowers should adorn her beautiful casket.|
After the services, we all enjoyed a luncheon at the Arimo Stake Center where we were able to renew our relationships with relatives and friends. It was a beautiful day and one that I will always remember.
Some things I'll always remember about my grandma:
-her loud and contagious laughter
-her ever sure testimony displayed through her strong and steady example
-her skills at quilting and crocheting - it seemed she was always making a blanket for someone and even still, her blankets are my favorites to cover up in
-her huge collection of books
-the way she spoke her mind, especially as she got older...haha...I remember a time when Ty and I visited her in St. George and took her our to lunch...she didn't like the drink she'd ordered at the restaurant and voiced her opinion but told the waitress not to worry about switching it..."I can gag it down," she said...haha...I'll always remember that and how we laughed
-that we could always find Oreos and peanut M&Ms (my grandpa's favorite) somewhere in the house and even Almond Roca could usually be found as well - I must get my love for Almond Roca from my grandma
-her passion for crossword searches/puzzles
-the way her and my grandpa opened up their home to my mom and me and my younger brother during the process of my parents' divorce - I feel especially grateful for the closeness I feel to my grandparents through this experience
-she was an avid Utah Jazz fan, along with my grandpa
-she enjoyed attending anything her kids and grandkids were involved in (be it sports or other activities)