Friday, January 16, 2009


The blog has been silent, but for a reason. I spent the last week with my family celebrating the life of my grandma, Granny.

Here we are at my wedding. It seems like this is one of the only times in the recent past when I got in front of the camera with those that I loved.

Me and Granny 2

Granny's been sick for a while, and had been fighting like a champ. She's been on oxygen for a few years and the breast cancer that she fought heroically 10+ years ago had come back and was waging war on her last healthy cells. Even when death comes at the end of a long, productive life. And even when it comes as a reprieve from a long-fought and painful illness, it is nonetheless painful and it's hard to imagine life without her. In the end, she proved to us all, again, that she was a fighter with a heart as strong as a marathoner.

I've been extremely lucky to have known all of my grandparents, and have them be an important part of my life. And for the important milestones of my life so far, Granny's always been there (my graduations from high school, college, and law school, my wedding), and she's been there for all of the small and seemingly trivial moments in between (birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, softball games, school plays...)

She was fun-loving, had an eternally youthful spirit, and loved a good laughter and jokes. She was silly and a bit goofy, but in that way that just made everyone love being around here. She was generous and kind. And boy did she love crafts. For a time, she had a small business in what is now a tea room where she sold her crafts and taught quilting classes. She was accomplished at sewing and quilting, was a painter, made beautiful wreaths and floral arrangements, could tie a mean bow, and just loved to keep her hands busy. This past year, as she's been largely homebound, she made beautiful paper flowers to keep her hands busy and gave them as gifts to all of her helpers. She loved animals as much as people which was another manifestation of her kindness, and Nola will also miss her.

She will be missed by many, and most of all by her family. So, has trite as it sounds, we look for comfort in all of the memories. I believe she now is with Papa and my aunt Liz breathing with ease.

4 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Anonymous said...

What a lovely tribute to our wonderfuly Granny. She in fact will be horribly missed by all. I have already gone several times to pick up the phone to share something with her I thought she would enjoy or know. What a hole she has left, but what a support system we have in our family. A loving husband, three beautiful daughters, two adorable granddaughters and lots of family and good friends have supported us through this struggle. And what a struggle it is for all. Here's to a loving mother who was very proud of her family and will be greatly missed. Thanks for the kind words. Love, Mom

Debbie said...

I'm so sorry, Libby. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Knittripps said...

I am sorry for your loss. Best wishes to you and your family.

Sara said...

I'm so sorry, Libby. You can really tell how much she was loved by your post. My thoughts are with you.

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