Thursday, April 8, 2010

Grandma Joyce's Funeral

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.

Her Obituary

Picture by Tim Smith (Joyce's nephew)


Kev and Chels said...

Sounds like a really neat tribute to your grandma. My grandma is going to be 91 this month and I think we're all going to be shocked when she does die.

Jenn said...

I'm sorry for your loss. It's never easy to say good-bye. It sounds like your Grandmother had a beautiful service. Her flowers sound beautiful with all of her sewing things mixed in there with it. What a wonderful tribute to her.
"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" is one of my absolute favorites. I'd love to hear you sing it sometime. I used to play it on my piano and attempt to sing it, but I wasn't exactly blessed with the best singing voice. ; )

Lizzle said...

Technically we are missing 3 cousins. Keri's youngest daughter isn't in the picture even though she was there.