Early Friday morning, my Grandmother passed away.
She had been suffering from dementia for a few years,
slowly losing her grip on reality, most recently losing
her ability to do most anything, but sleep.
That is how she died, in her sleep.
Her life, was not easy, but she made the most of it.
She was not easy, she was stubborn and down right mean at times,
but she could also be a a lot of fun, and kind and generous when she
wanted to be. The last decade or two were not her best, as dementia
took over a good portion of her brain. There was a lot more "crazy" behavior.
A lot of paranoia. Many turned away before we realized, it was dementia.
She went from a social butterfly to near recluse.
As a family we were lucky to have my sister who was willing to move in
with her (at the request of my Grandfather before he died) and keep an
eye out for her, and then manage her care as the disease progressed.
It was not easy, as you can imagine. One of her biggest fears was being put in "a home".
Thanks to Shell, we never had to do that.
We will have services this coming Saturday, April 18th.
Giving some far flung relatives a chance to get here.
Until then, Bon Voyage Gram, and I hope the buffet is better
on this cruise than the last one. ;-)
PS I wanted to scan in some old photos, but I cannot get it to work.This
photo was from Christmas..Princess holding baby C..also known as "X-man",
and Great Grandma (that's Great-Great Grandma for X-man)