My paternal grandmother passed away Saturday night due to complications of breast cancer, 13 years after her diagnosis. Even though her death was anticipated, it is still sad to say goodbye. Nick, Henry and I really cherished the time we spent with Grandma Joyce over the last year.
One thing that made her funeral really special was that all but two of her grandchildren were in attendance. We've never had so many of us together in a picture before. I sang "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" accompanied by my extremely talented cousin, Taylor. He basically created a beautiful arrangement of the piece on the spot, and could play it in any key. Wow.
My Aunt Karen was responsible for creating a beautiful flower arrangement that was sewing-themed. I wish I had a picture. It had my grandma's sewing scissors, thread, and measuring tape in it. She was a renowned seamstress. I think Grandma Joyce would really have liked the gathering and the service yesterday.
Picture by Tim Smith (Joyce's nephew)