(Photo from her 90th birthday party Aug 2011)
My last interaction with my Grandma happened on Saturday. We had a really nice day, and she was sassy and kind and very happy to see me, my sister, and aunts. Justin, Reuben, and Simeon came for a little bit in the early evening. The boys were timid, and Grandma was afraid they were scared of her because she was old, but they are timid around everyone for the first little bit. As Simeon thawed he started singing while he pushed a wheel chair around the room. So, she asked him to sing for her. We all sang "I am a child of God." Even though she was at the point in the evening where it was really hard for her to remember things, she sang every word with our little family, and made sure I knew she was glad I was bring them up right. That that song was important to know. And, I needed to keep them singing. She hoped I visited my dad often, and took those boys with me. It was a special moment, one that I will cherish.
She got very confused and scared after dinner. And I wanted to make sure she was in bed before I left because the attendants at the care center took a very long time to respond to things and grandma didn't understand the call button. First she was mad I wasn't taking her home with me. I explained that I didn't have a comfortable bed for her at my house, she didn't believe me. I told her I loved her, and she said, "Well, you say that but you sure aren't acting like it." Then she got a little more removed, and was upset I wouldn't take her upstairs so she could talk to Chester (her brother). After a while, I got her to calm down and get in bed, and I said, "Goodnight, I love you." She said, "You do? Who are you." "Brecken, your granddaughter." I said, and she responded, "Well, if you really are Brecken, then I love you too. I've been worrying about that girl for years. God is watching over me and you."
She passed away this afternoon, I'm sure there was a happy reunion on the other side of the veil. She was an amazing woman, and I'm very proud of her, and to be related to her.
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