The end of an era

My grandmother, Nanny, passed away yesterday. She was 93 years old. And so I felt like it was appropriate to re-post something I wrote on her birthday several years ago.

A few days ago, Caroline and I drove to Beaumont to visit my Nanny. She has more energy and enthusiasm than people half her age. All of her friends are at least fifteen to twenty years younger than she is because as she will tell you “I don’t like to spend time with old people”. In fact, the week before we arrived she had hosted a Bunco party at her house, you know for all her young friends in their seventies.

She has always known how to stay young. I remember being in high school and walking down the street to borrow her clothes and her jewelry. I bet not too many grandmothers have a wardrobe that their granddaughters would like to wear. You don’t see a lot of fifteen year olds wearing SAS shoes with a nice paisley polyester blouse. But Nanny has always had style.

She was the first person I knew that owned a video camera, a VCR and an answering machine. In fact, Nanny called me the other day and asked “What is an iPod and do I need to get one?”

When we walked through the door of her house, it was all so warm and familiar. I can’t identify what it smells like, but it’s a part of my life. Even when we got home on Sunday, I could smell it on my clothes and in my hair. It’s the smell of home and comfort, a combination of Sir Walter Raleigh pipe tobacco, fresh cinnamon cake out of the oven and perfume. If I could buy it in a bottle, I would.

Caroline was in complete awe of Nanny’s house. There are more things to look at than you could possibly see in just one visit. She still has our old toy closet filled with toys from our childhood and books that bring back so many memories. Caroline walked into that closet, found a huge box full of more jewelry than you can imagine and said “Oh Mama, this is interesting”. It’s like a little piece of heaven on earth for a little girl, and I know because it’s where I spent so much of my childhood.

At one point, I was on the other side of the house and heard a familiar noise that made me laugh out loud. It was the sound of Samba music coming from the electric organ that Nanny has in her sitting room. I knew that it was only a matter of time before Caroline discovered it and once she did, she was hooked. I spent a lot of hours playing that same organ with my sister making up variety shows and musicals that would rival the Sweeney Sisters. We’d put Nanny’s nightgowns on our head for our hair and drape ourselves in anything we could find in her jewelry box.

One Thanksgiving when P and I drove seven hours to get to the lake house, I walked in the door and she said “Oh it makes me so sad that you don’t wear makeup anymore”. She always wants us to look our best even for seven hour car trips through East Texas. I have always thought she’s kind of like a mama cat, she likes to take all her babies and get them cleaned up just right.

The biggest thing (literally) she worries about is everyone’s weight. Gulley said she knew she was officially part of the family when Nanny told her she’d put on a few pounds. But here’s the kicker, anytime you visit she will always have your favorite dessert fresh out of the oven. It’s like she wants you to look good, but she also wants to indulge you in your favorite food. In fact, one of the first things she said after I walked in the door was that she had made my favorite banana pudding. It was so good I could’ve eaten the whole bowl. And her sweet tea is like no other you’ll will ever taste. I’d be willing to bet that the sugar to tea ratio errs high on the side of sugar. It’s like heaven in a glass.

After Caroline finally passed out from the sheer exhaustion of looking through all that jewelry, Nanny and I stayed up talking. This has always been one of my favorite things about Nanny, she’s a night owl like me (or at least like me before I had a three year old that likes to wake up when it’s still “darken” outside). When I was little she always let me stay up late with her to watch The Tonight Show, in fact the night that Johnny Carson did his last show I was off at college, but I had to call Nanny on the phone because the sound of Johnny’s voice will always remind me of those renegade nights at her house where I was allowed to stay up until 11:30.

Nanny always knows how to make you feel like you’re the most important person in the world when you’re with her. She listens to everything you say and even when I was little, never made me feel like my thoughts didn’t matter.

As she used to tell me before bed at night, “Parting is such sweet sorrow, but we will meet again on the morrow.”

I love you, Nanny. So glad you’re home.

Give Big Bob a kiss and a hug for me.

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Comments

  1. Sue S says

    I am sorry for your loss, but so happy she had a long and wonderful life. I just read “Heaven is for Real” and it was so wonderful. I know Nanny is enjoying all the beautiful sights. I am glad you had a grandmother for so many years. She sounds delightful!

  2. Jai says

    What a blessing to have had her here for so long and that you are able to have the memories of her and for Caroline to have some of her own as well. So glad Heaven is real!!! Praying for your entire family …..

  3. ohlookaduck says

    She was irreplaceable and so wonderfully unique. I’m so sorry, Melanie.

  4. Kris says

    I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to Nanny than that post! Sounds like quite a lady!

  5. says

    Beautiful memories!

    I am sorry for your loss, but thankful you have hope that you will see her again. Prayers for your family.

  6. Athena says

    Isn’t it funny how, for some people, even 93 years isn’t long enough to have worn out your welcome on earth? What a legacy to strive for! So sorry for your loss. She must have been such a joy! Praying for peace for your family…

  7. Pam says

    How blessed you are to have so many many many fond memories…..I pray you will find comfort in those and in Christ…….

  8. says

    What a sweet post. So sorry for your loss. Will be praying for your family.

    Your sweet Nanny sounds a lot like my own grandma, who will be 95 this year!

  9. Lori H says

    So sorry for your loss but happy for her that she is indeed home. She’ll be waiting for you some day (many years from now, of course!)

  10. Shara says

    I’m so sorry for your loss! My grandmother is my Nanny as well. It sounds like you had a very special relationship, and I will be praying for you and your family.

  11. says

    What a beautiful post. I am so sorry for your loss. On a lighter note, our 94-year old grandfather was offended at the suggestion he might need a walker. It was “absurd” and “walkers are for old people.”
    Again, so sorry for your loss, and yes, we shall meet again on the morrow.

  12. Vicky says

    I lost my grandmothers all too soon, though I’m sure you might feel that way too even after 93 years. I’m so sorry for your loss. I have faith we will all be together again some glorious day.

  13. Lynette says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Reading this…it’s like I could have written it about my maw maw…everything from the smell to Johnny Carson. You will miss her everyday, but the memories will always be there. I think of my maw maw often always with a smile..thanks for sharing.
    Lynette

  14. Kitty says

    So Sorry for your loss. I lost my 95 year old grandmother last year. Even though I know she is in a much better place, there are days that I miss her so much it hurts. Praying for comfort for your family during this time.

  15. Katie Smith says

    I am so sorry. She seems like she was such a wonderful and truly original woman.

  16. Bethany says

    It’s always hard to say goodbye, no matter how old someone is. I hope and pray that these days with your extended family are really special as you remember her life and influence on you. She’s probably in heaven, explaining the importance of makeup to my Grandma who never wore makeup a day in her life. :)

  17. KC says

    That was a sweet tribute. May you feel God’s comfort these next few days and weeks.

  18. says

    Mel, I’m so sorry to hear about your Nanny. What an incredible lady she was! Your family will be in my prayers this week.

    Ashley

  19. Susan B. says

    What wonderful memories of a wonderful woman! You have been blessed. So, so sorry for your loss.

  20. Lindsay says

    What a beautiful post about a clearly amazing woman. I’ll be praying for you and your family.

  21. says

    Thanks for introducing us to such an amazing woman. She sounds incredible, and she lives on in you. May He bring you peace and comfort in the coming days.

  22. Janelle says

    So sorry for your huge loss, Melanie. She sounds incredible…kinda like the kind of woman
    you will be in 50+ years. Hugs to you and yours.

  23. says

    I’m so sorry! I’ll be praying for you all! I’m glad you have such sweet memories of your time with her.

  24. jenny f says

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful Nannie! Praying for your families loss right now.. May the pain of missing her be filled with the sweet memories you have of her…

  25. Betsy says

    So sorry for the loss of your Nanny. She was certainly a special lady and a wonderful part of your life. I always enjoyed reading your posts about her! Praying God comforts your family with all the fantastic memories you have with her.

  26. Jan says

    I’m very sorry for your loss! I pray that the sweet memories will bring comfort during the hard days of missing her! Praying comfort for you and your family!

  27. says

    So sorry for your loss! I’ve lost both of my grandmothers over the last two years and it does leave a hole in the fabric of family. I pray that the wonderful memories of your grandmother and the love of family and friends will be a comfort to you during this time!

  28. Melaina says

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman – Thanks for sharing her with us!

  29. says

    She sounds wonderful and I know she will be greatly missed. I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope I can leave that kind of legacy someday!

  30. Lauren says

    So sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family.
    She sounds like a wonderful person. What a great way to honor her through that post. Thank you for giving us all a glimpse of her, too.

  31. Karen says

    Mel, so sorry for your loss. Absolutely adored your post about her. What a special lady she must be!!

  32. Krysia says

    She sounds amazing! I know you were blessed to have her in your life. No one can ever fill that place, but she will always be with you! Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories.
    Love & Prayers,
    Krysia

  33. Jennifer says

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Melanie. Your Nanny sounded like a wonderful lady. Thank you for sharing a little piece of her with us.

  34. Bug's Mama says

    Big Mama,
    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. But such a lovely post about your Nanny. Everyone who reads it will surely have wonderful childhood memories– Thank you.

  35. shayne says

    So sorry for your loss. I just lost my last remaining grandparent two weeks ago. It was like all my childhood summers died.

    Your post was beautiful and I know it makes her heart fill with delight that she meant so much to you. I’m sure it comforts you to know you’ll see her again. I know it does me.

  36. Strawberryrose says

    I’m so sorry. I’m glad you had such a great relationship with her. Praying for y’all.

  37. says

    So sorry for your loss!! Grandmothers are very special and leave us with memories to treasure forever!!

  38. Deanna says

    There is never a “right thing” to say to someone who has had someone close to them die. All I can say is that I am so sorry for your loss. Your post is beautiful and honoring of your Nanny and the special place she owned in your heart. It reminded me of my Grandparents and their home. We moved around a lot while I was growing up and so my grandparent’s farm became “home” to me. I can still walk through every room in my mind just as clearly and vividly as if I were actually there. Memories are so sweet, sometimes bittersweet.

  39. zoom says

    What a blessing to have wonderful grandparents. What a blessing to be able to articulate those feelings and memories into perfect words. What a blessing to know we will see our loved ones again.

  40. Makila says

    I am sorry of your loss, even though those words seem empty. Praying for you.

  41. Kim M. says

    I am so sorry. You are so blessed to have had so many years with her and so many wonderful memories.

  42. says

    I lost my Mamaw earlier this year and ohmygoodness it was hard!

    I’m sorry for you and happy for you all at the same time…She sounds truly wonderful :) I’ll be praying for your family this week!

  43. Brenner says

    I’m so sorry. I lost my grandmother 3 weeks ago. I know how hard it is. My prayers are with you and your family.

  44. Melanie Miller says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a blessing to have so many great memories with her. Loved this post.

  45. says

    So sorry for your loss! I lost my grandmother last yr, she was almost 103…it’s still hard to believe she’s not here anymore. Oh but how happy she is to be in heaven! :) Will be praying for you and your family.

  46. says

    What a precious post, Melanie! Grandmothers are one of life’s greatest blessings, and how wonderful is it that you shared such a sweet relationship. I know you will miss her dearly. Praying for you!

  47. Tammie says

    Heaven has got itself a fabulous Angel among its ranks now.
    May her memory continue to keep your heart warm.

  48. Laura says

    Melanie, I am so sorry. She sounds like a pistol! She lives on in you and Caroline. May you find strength in your sorrow these coming days. Sweet, sweet tribute.

  49. says

    It sounds like she was a beautiful woman who lived a glorious life. Few of us could ask for more at the end of our days.

  50. Laura says

    So sorry for your loss, but enjoyed the post so much. Nanney sounds just like my Mema. She lived right next door to us. Brings back so many memories. Our big thing was watching Oprah after I got home from school and Mama’s Family :) That generation had so much to offer. We are truly blessed. Mema is 96 years old.

  51. Peggy T. says

    Grandmothers are God’s best present to us or they were in my case. God blessed you too it seems. Very beautiful memories of your Nanny. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  52. Debi says

    It’s always hard to express your sorrow when the person who has died has had a long and joyful life. And it sounds like that is just what Nanny had.

    I know from experience that a girl is more than lucky to have a beloved grandmother into her 30’s and 40’s. I am so sorrowful for you loss but at the same time so joyful that you had this wonderful grandmother until yesterday. I promise she will always stay with you.

    I think you are already celebrating her life rather than mourning her death; I hope you continue to do that Melanie.

  53. Denice says

    What a wonderful tribute! I hope my grandchildren will have those same fond memories of me someday. Prayers for you as you grieve her passing with the promise of heaven!

  54. Teresa says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My grandma (96 years old!) is in the hospital and very ill. I also have such great memories of good desserts, staying up late, and lots of heart to heart talks. And I know she is going to better place. Maybe they will meet up to visit! God bless you and your sweet family!

  55. Alyson says

    Mel, so sorry for the loss of Nanny. She has left such a legacy and blessed you with wonderful memories. I pray for comfort for you and your family during this time.

  56. says

    Oh that was so precious, I’m crying for you. . .

    Nanny’s that love are the best gift!

    Praying for your family.

  57. Abby says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Nanny sounds like someone who made life a whole lot sweeter. I know she will missed. Sending prayers for you and your sweet family.

  58. lisa says

    I’m so sorry about your Nanny! I know you are so thankful to have had such an amazing grandmother. much love to you~praying for you

  59. Carol says

    I’m so sorry for your loss! What a treasure to have a grandmother like that! I will be thinking of you and praying for you. Thank you for sharing that post with us – it was beautiful and brought tears to my eyes.

  60. Show-Me Sooz says

    Now we know where you got your style and where Caroline got her personality. What a wonderful character your grandma was. Caroline was so fortunate to get to know her!

    This is a beautiful post you will cherish.

  61. Tisha Ward says

    Praying that God will give you peace and strength during this difficult time. It sounds like Heaven gained a very stylish and sassy angel.

  62. Lisa in VA says

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful memory with us of your Nanny. Sending you a cyber hug as you grieve the loss of your dearest Nanny.

  63. says

    Melanie, I just pray someday Harper and Hollis will remember the essence of me by remembering smells,maybe my words, the way I had time to listen to them and the love I feel for them….just like you and your Nanny! What ever else could anyone who loves their children and grandchildren ask for? Sorry for your loss but your loss is heaven’s gain!

  64. Debbie in Tennessee says

    Beautiful words for a special lady, prayers for your family. Thank you for sharing with us.

  65. Karen Orr says

    Melanie, so sorry for your loss of your Nanny. She sounds like an amazing woman and I’m so glad you have so many wonderful memories of time spent with her. May God’s peace surround your family as you mourn her loss here on earth but rejoice that she is HOME!

    Blessings –

    Karen In Seattle

  66. Becky says

    She sounds like quite the lady. My Nonni also passed away at 93, and was a lot like your Nanny, from her unabashed femininity (and her encouragement of it in the rest of us), to making everyone’s favorite desserts, to the way her house smelled, and her “young” friends. I bet they will be fast friends up there!

  67. Kristy says

    What a beautiful tribute to your Nanny! Praying for you and your family as you mourn the loss of a wonderful woman. Praise God we have hope in Him for a heavenly reunion!

  68. Kimberly/OKC says

    Oh now I am crying…that last part about how she made you feel special, the most important person and always listens. It’s exactly how my dear mama-in-law made me feel and I thought of her who passed three years ago this June 3rd. She never tired of my talking, she loved my kids as much as much as I do. She always made you feel like her favorite person. I miss her so much and I know you will miss your Nanny. Till that great day when we meet our loved ones again….

  69. blessed says

    I am sorry for your loss, but what a life well lived.

    much love on this sad day,

    blessed

  70. says

    That post is so sweet. I’m so sorry about your loss of Nanny. She sounds like a wonderful woman. She sounds kind of like my Grandmother, who passed away 10 years coming up this August. Seems surreal, when I still remember her cooking, her impeccable driving skills, her perfume, her gorgeous white wavy hair, her beautiful smile. I loved her so much.

    So in that – I identify with your incredible loss. What a sweet Homegoing though. The sweetest Home we will ever know. I’m positive Heaven will smell like the South. Jasmine, gardenias and wild roses.

    Prayers and love to you, Melanie.

  71. Pam says

    If you haven’t read Heaven Is for Real please read it……my dad passed away last year
    After a very short (10 day illness) and I rec’d the book from a dear friend…..I new
    Heaven was real but the way this little boy tell of his experience touches your heart

  72. says

    What a beautiful post.. and wonderful tribute!! I am sooo sorry for your loss… but rejoicing in Heaven’s gain!

    May the Lord wrap His loving and comforting arms around you and your family…

  73. Erin Seaman says

    So sorry to hear about Nanny. My 93 year-old GG passed away almost exactly a year ago now and it was time, but it’s still hard. Praying for you and yours.

  74. Beth says

    What a beautiful way to remember her! I am so very sorry for your loss, and will be praying for you and your family during this time.

  75. Erin P says

    What a very sweet post, and what a life well lived. I felt the very same way about my great grandmother whom I think about every day. What many things we learn from our elders…things back then I didn’t appreciate, but goodness I look back with such great memories now. ((hugs)) to you and your family….

  76. Kelly says

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family. I had a “Nanny” that went Home several years ago. I still greatly miss her.

  77. Brooke R. says

    I’m sorry for the loss of your dear Nanny. What wonderful memories you have to cherish. Praying for you and your family.

  78. Tracey says

    I was sorry to hear about Nanny’s passing. She was lucky to have you girls and you were so lucky to have her. She was always a hoot and i’m glad i got one more pass through her house a couple of years ago :) I wish mine had been around longer. She passed down some pieces of china and on the underside wrote “to be passed down to Carol/tracey/glen upon my demise”. hilarity. i have an entire box of it and I’m glad I do. Big hugs!

  79. Brittney says

    What a wonderful lady! Glad you fully took advantage of the times you spent with her. May we all be so fortunate. God bless.

  80. Leah says

    Sorry to hear about the passing of your Nanny. She sounds a beautiful and wonderful person.

  81. says

    i’m so sorry for your loss. it sounds like she was quite a force. praying for you.

    and, thank you for reminding me of my nana; it’s always nice to think of my sweet memories of her.

  82. says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. This post had me in tears. Not a good thing when your at work. You Nanny sounds like she was a bit of heaven on earth. Now it’s your turn to pass the love down. I wish I could hug your neck. I will say a prayer for you and your family.

    Jackie

  83. Lori M. says

    So sorry for your Nanny’s passing. You have wonderful memories of her. She will live on forever in your heart and one day you’ll all be together again.

  84. Martha says

    What a blessing to have such a wonderful Nanny. Grandparents are such treasures, and you are so right when you talk about Nanny making you feel like you are the most important person in the world.

  85. says

    Oh Big Mama, my heart hurts for you and I cried along with you when rereading that post! My Papa Jack smoked Sir Walter Raleigh pipe tobacco, and if I could bottle that and the smell of my grandmother’s hands, I’d buy it in bulk because it makes me feel safe. I hurt for you and miss that for you.
    Much love,
    Lauren and Cooper the Lab

  86. Jean says

    What a perfect, lovely post. I’m sure your Nanny felt equally blessed to have had you as a beloved granddaughter! I told my sweet Grandmother to look for her and show her around her new home. I think they coud have been twins from separate Mothers.
    What a wonderful legacy Nanny left you. Don’t forget to laugh along with the tears as you rejoice in her homecoming. She is joyfully home and would not want you to be too sad.
    Sending prayers for you and yours!

  87. Phyllis says

    Goodness, Melanie, so sorry to read this news. Sending you and your family prayers. She sounds like the best thing – missable.

  88. Leigh says

    Love you, Melanie, and praying for your heart as you face this loss on earth. Thanks for blessing me with this post about Nanny. I have a feeling she and my precious grandmother will be great friends in Heaven because she didn’t like spending time with old people, either!

  89. says

    Aww Melanie! I’m so sorry. I lost my grandmother a year and a half ago. I miss her so much! Isn’t is wonderful to know that we will see each other again someday?

  90. Debbie Aldridge says

    So sorry to hear about your loss, Melanie. What a blessing those sweet memories are and will continue to be! So glad you also got to share her with Caroline — and share Caroline with her. Praying for your sweet family.

  91. nlynch says

    So sorry for your loss. What a blessing it is that she had such a long life and you have so many great memories of her. I will be praying for you and your family.

  92. says

    Melanie – I am so sorry to read the news. Will be praying for you and your family. And when time and God have healed the rawness of your loss, I pray that you will continue to live the legacy that has been left to you. Sending love and comfort your way.

  93. Sabrina says

    I’m so sorry for your loss but what a blessing to have had such a special person in your life! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  94. Lisa says

    So sorry for your loss Melanie but what a blessing to have her in your life for so long and for Caroline to know and remember her great grandmother. She sounds like an amazing woman that we could all take lessons from.

  95. says

    So sorry for your loss. I hope that you find comfort and joy in knowing that she led such a full and long life. She sounds like a real firecracker and I am sure that her leagacy will remain with you always!

  96. Barb Schwarz says

    Tears and smiles – So sorry for this loss-glad you have such wonderful memories, that Caroline will also have wonderful memories and that you will see her again in Glory! I’ll bet she’s got Jesus’ attention :)

  97. Amy in PA says

    So sorry for your loss but love the celebration of her life!! May God’s peace comfort you & your family during this time. Her legacy is an inspiration to us all!

  98. Lisa says

    I am so sorry to hear that. Where is her picture? If I remember right she was a beautiful lady even she was older. She had great skin.

  99. Susan says

    There is no one like a Nanny in our lives. Loved reading about yours. God bless your family as you grieve and remember with joy.

  100. tammy says

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your sweet grandmother. We know she is happier than we can ever imagine now, but it still hurts to lose her. How awesome that she got to know Caroline!

  101. Cynthia M. says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute! I, too just lost my grandmother last week, so I appreciate you sharing your treasured memories of your grandmother. I pray for peace that surpasses all understanding for you and your family. Blessings.

  102. Jill says

    What a precious grandmother you had. May all those sweet memories be a blessing to your whole family…till you see her again in Heaven! Praying for your family today.

  103. Judy McManus says

    I am sorry to hear about your grandmother. She reminds me of my Mother. She is 92 years old and she is in a nursing home. (Which was her choice.) Two years ago she was Ms. Marengo County Nursing Home and she had to compete for the Ms. Alabama Nursing
    Home in Birmingham, AL. My sister called me one day and said the nursing home had
    called her and they needed our permission to let Mother get her ears pierced. She wanted it done for the contest. We were talking yesterday and I can tell that Mother is ready to go home. All her friends are gone and my Daddy died about 17 years ago. I don’t want to let her go but I know she wants to be with everybody else. She is really in good health but her mind is getting bad. Anyway I know it is hard to give someone up but think of the party we will all have when we see them again. Thinking of you and your family!

  104. Marie M.C. says

    What a loss. But how blessed you and your family were to have her with you for so many years. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  105. says

    Sending warm wishes to you and glad you have so many beautiful memories with her. She sounds like such an incredible woman.

  106. says

    I’ve been out of town, Melanie, and just saw your post. I’m so so sorry for your loss, but it sounds as if there is celebration to be had over Nanny’s Homecoming as well. I lost my Nannie in March…she would have been 101 next week. I think there is definitely something in one’s personality and drive that helps them to reach that age. I think Nanny and Nannie sound like they’ll get along really well in heaven! My Nannie loved card games! :)

  107. says

    So sorry for your earthly loss, but rejoicing with you that she is HOME! Praying that your grief is short lived and your memories long!

  108. says

    I’m sorry to hear about your nanny, but you know where she is and that you will see her again. And I know that gives you so much comfort. What a blessing she sounds like. I’m sure everyone loved her.

    I had a “Gang Gang” in my life. I wish I could have had her longer, but I feel blessed that I had her as long as a I did.

  109. says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. But praise God she’s home and with Big Bob!!! Life without my grandma still doesn’t feel right. I can’t wait to see her again someday.

  110. Sarah says

    I know your Nanny was so proud of you! Praying for your family during this time of loss.

    My great granny got to go meet Jesus this past Sunday night. She was 95 and a pistol. We have had a week of rejoicing over her and her life and the legacy she left here on earth. Praying you are able to do the same!

  111. Jeanie says

    My condolences on the loss of your Nanny. My Nana died many, many years ago, but I have some of the same memories of her. I adored her. I have her wedding ring and jewelry box full of rhinestone necklaces, bracelets, and earrings and wouldn’t sell them for any amount of money. I just turned 68 so you can imagine how old some of these things are. Blessings to you.

  112. Pretty says

    You are so very lucky to have had a Nanny like her! Your memories will always be alive. I still love that Oil of Olay (the smell) reminds me of my Grandma.
    My sincerest sympathies to you and all of your family. God Bless.

  113. Jill_in_al says

    Oh I’m so sorry. About six years ago my heart broke in just that way. Praise God for giving us grandmothers and the capacity to love but may He also soothe that ache. Cry and remember with joy. Hugs, jill

  114. Jamie says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m so thankful you have so many awesome memories of her!

  115. Kelly C says

    Oh what amazing memories and how wonderful that you were able to know her and spend all the time you did with her! I lost my mom two years ago and never knew either of my grandmothers and I have always envyed women who have long lasting friendships with their mom’s and grandmothers! You will always know that she is right beside you everyday from now on! I am very sorry for your loss! Have a good mothers day!

  116. D.K. says

    What joy to have had a grandmother like Nanny ! After reading your post I went home and kissed my mom and told her how glad I was to still have her at 83.

  117. Donna Small says

    Lovely memories of a lovely woman. What a wonderful relationship!! I am so sorry for your loss, but you treasure your memories!!!!

    I hope my grandkids remember me that fondly.

  118. says

    What a lovely tribute to a wonderful woman! May you and your family be comforted as you grieve and remember, may you be further blessed with tears and laughter while you are together.

  119. Honey says

    I love this post! What a great tribute! I wish I could have known her. I am praying for you every day!

  120. says

    Melanie,
    I commented earlier in the week, but I wanted to come back and let you know that I’ve continued to think of you and your family. I pray these days have been comforting to you and that you have felt God’s presence throughout. Blessings.

  121. says

    So sorry to hear this. But what a wonderful portrait of her! She sounds like a real character. May God’s comfort be with you.