In Memory

Today I'll be attending the funeral of my great-grandmother, Geneva, or as we have always called her "Nina."

She was 95-years-old... 95! To think, a woman who lived through the roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War 1 and 2, the civil rights movement, the first landing on the moon, 19 different Presidents.... the list is incredible!

I feel so so blessed that I got to spend many years with Nina. Many people don't even get to have a relationship with their grandparents, let alone GREAT-grandparents. We lived in the same neighborhood as Nina growing up and some of my favorite memories were the times my sister and I would ride our bicycles over to her house to visit. She was always SO excited that we'd stopped by and would insist on getting us snacks... usually oatmeal creme pies ;)

Probably about 10 years ago was when Nina's alzheimer's started to become more obvious, and we have slowly watched her go from just a bit confused and mixing up names, to really not knowing much about any of her current surroundings. It's truly sad to watch someone lose their mind.
A few Christmas' ago :) She is such a sweetie!
But, I tell you what. Despite her confusion, despite the things that might upset her from time to time because she just couldn't understand.... that woman was ALWAYS as kind-hearted as a person could be. My grandmother takes care of her, and even when Nina wasn't sure who she was, she would thank her over and over again for helping her out. She would talk about how nice the ladies are that take care of her in her assisted living area. Nina was a truly sweet person.

Nina will be missed by so many, but we can smile about the long, fulfilling life she led and that we will see her again one day in Heaven. So I hope today, although it will be sad, can be more of a celebration of a wonderful woman's life. A celebration knowing that she is no longer in a state of confusion, no longer in any type of pain. A celebration of the impact she left on so many people. Love you, Nina!!

35 comments

  1. What a sweet post... thinking of you today! xo

    ReplyDelete
  2. How sweet, Erin. You sure lucked out having a relationship like that, and you cherish it and it shows. Thinking of you today lady :) xo

    ReplyDelete
  3. such a beautiful post to remember your Nina by :) thinking of you!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Such a wonderful tribute to what looks like such a wonderful lady! Praying for you and your family!

    ReplyDelete
  5. A very sweet prayers. Thoughts and prayers to you and yours!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am so sorry for your loss my friend, but it sounds like Nina had a wonderful life and a wonderful family! It's so special that you were able to have that relationship with her. My great-grandparents passed away when I was younger but I got to spend a lot of time with them as a kid and that is so special to me. I hope so badly that Kenley gets the chance to have a bond and build memories with my grandparents. XOXOXOX.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Awww erin this is so sweet! Thinking of you and your family today!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. such a wonderful post for your nina. it really is so sad to see someone lose their mind, but so great that she remained her sweet self... so many people become ill tempered when dealing with alzheimers. thinking of you and your family today!

    ReplyDelete
  9. you said it sister - continue to smile about her long, awesome life she had.

    big hugs to you today! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  10. my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family she is blessed to have had you in her life too. Hugs xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is so sweet - from what I read she seemed to be the sweetest GG ever. I so wish I was able to get to know mine after reading this!

    And I agree with Lori, how amazing that she stayed her sweet self! My Nana has alzheimers and it's such a hard disease.

    Thinking of you and yours today!

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a sweet looking woman! So glad you were blessed with her in your life! Especially coming from a girl who never met any of her grandparents, I truly treasure others relationships and time they've been given with theirs! I'll say prayers for your family today!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm so sorry friend! I'll be thinking about you! My grandma had Alzheimer's... and it's so hard watching it happen! I'm glad your great grandma can relax now! Love you!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Prayers and hugs to your family! I'm SO sorry for your loss!
    I always considered myself fortunate that I had my great-grandparents for so much of my life.
    I'm glad you got to have her in your life for so long.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Praying for you and your family today! I know this is all hard, I lost my grandmother very unexpectedly recently. It always helps to remember the blessings of these treasured people in our lives!

    ReplyDelete
  16. So sorry to hear this :( Praying for you and your family today!

    New follower! Love all of your inspiring posts!

    ReplyDelete
  17. So sorry for your loss Erin! I think it is great that you are choosing to celebrate her life. Like you said, it will still be sad, but at least you can think back on the great life she had. I will be thinking about you and your family today!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thinking of you today! Nina sounds like an amazing woman, and it's so awesome she lived such a long life! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love you to pieces girl. Your sweet Nina sounded like a wonderful woman :) She is so precious.

    ReplyDelete
  20. She sounds like such a sweet lady! I'm glad you can be happy knowing you will see her again someday!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Awww. What wonderful memories you have of her. What a great memorial for her, too. Thinking of you! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thinking of you today. Sounds like Nina was amazing :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. I'm sorry for your loss. What a lovely tribute to your Nina!

    ReplyDelete
  24. This is such a sweet post!! I'll be thinking of you today!

    ReplyDelete
  25. So sorry for your loss! Prayers for you & your family today.

    ReplyDelete
  26. So sorry! That's so hard. But she seems like an amazing lady! Crazy to have seen so many things in her lifetime! :) In an awesome way. Thinking of you & your family today.

    ReplyDelete
  27. So sorry for your loss. Hang in there. I know it can be hard and there never is the right thing to say to make everything better.

    On another note, both of those photos look a lot like my grandmother! Strange!

    ReplyDelete
  28. big hugs today friend. For this and for you to feel better. Miss you!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Though the day is almost over now, I've been thinking about you since I woke up today, sweet friend!! Despite how long someone has lived, the day of their funeral is always difficult. But I hope it was indeed a celebration of her sweet, wonderful life!

    I was also lucky enough to grow up with BOTH of my great-grandmothers (one died when I was 16, the other when I was 18) and daily I feel grateful for the relationships I had with them and the memories I'll forever be able to hold dear.

    Love you so much, Er.

    ReplyDelete
  30. sorry for your loss sweet friend. my goodness - 95 years - what a life!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Sorry for your loss. My grandma has Alzheimer's and it is honestly the worst disease.

    ReplyDelete
  32. At my Bible study tonight, a point came up that I all to easily forget about:

    "sickness is a product of the fall and will only be ended when Christ returns."

    Sad that you are saying goodbye for now, but rejoicing that she is one step closer to the end of her suffering.

    ReplyDelete
  33. So sweet, I am sorry for your loss but what a sweet gain in heaven she sounds like a lovely person!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Beautiful tribute to your Nina. So sorry for your loss.
    Cortne
    cocoinmagnolia.com

    ReplyDelete

Thanks SO much for taking the time to read and comment on my blog! I read each one and love to respond and chat with you! :)