Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Grandmothers Are Great
As some of you know, my grandmother, Evelyn Jones, passed away Sunday. Her funeral was yesterday, and somehow, I mustered up enough courage to unexpectedly speak at the service. Mom and other family members were surprised but happy. I thought I'd share a few of my special memories here. Grandma was born July 21, 1921, when new houses cost $7000, new cars cost $400 and movie tickets were just 15 cents. She was married at the ripe old age of 17. (No wonder I always had the youngest grandparents!) She told us the story of how she saw a cute guy named Asa Monroe Jones (who later became Grandpa) at a gas station. She said she thought he was the “berries.” Their first date was Drop the Hanky at a church supper. After their courtship, they were married by a Justice of the Peace. Grandpa and Grandma lived and worked in Aurora most of their lives. Grandma worked as a cook--first at Franklin Elementary School, followed by Elliott Robinson Elementary and later at Cox Medical Centers. Grandma came out of retirement to serve as Head Cook at the Aurora Senior Citizen Center. The cooks made everything from scratch, and during Grandma’s tenure as head cook, the Senior Citizen Center had its biggest crowds in history. According to Grandma, the two most popular days of the week by far were Fried Chicken Day and Meatloaf Day! For those of you who may not know her well, here are some of her favorites: Favorite color: Pink Favorite term of endearment for her grandkids: Sugar Plum Favorite singer: Johnny Cash (especially the song, Walk the Line) Favorite bird: Hummingbird Favorite movie: Gone With the Wind Favorite TV show: Andy Griffith which she watched with great-granddaughter Amy Favorite flower: Roses Favorite entrée: Fried chicken or roast Favorite desserts: Pumpkin pie, carrot cake, banana pudding w/vanilla wafers Favorite pastimes: Crossword puzzles, reading romance novels or westerns, viewing cooking shows on television, and watching birds enjoying birdbaths or eating from their feeders Favorite soap: Dove. She never used anything else and had beautiful, smooth skin. Favorite attire: Housecoat (casual dress) She never wore pants. Last Wednesday after being at the nursing home several times the previous week, we decided to go to the fair for a light change of pace. I decided to switch purses so I’d have a long strap and found a purse that I hadn’t carried in years. Inside, was the Guardian Angel pin that Grandma had given me about ten years ago when Bob and I were dating and flying quite often. Grandma wanted me to wear it onto planes and I did. I thought I had lost that pin and had searched my jewelry boxes for years. I knew finding that pin was a sign. The next morning Mom got the call from Hospice that Grandma had 24-48 hours to live. She was a strong woman and lasted four difficult days. Now, that special pin is buried with her. I feel better knowing her Guardian Angel is right there. I shared several other stories yesterday but won't recount all of them here. Rest in peace, Grandma--Sugar Plum. We’ll always love you and will never forget you. xoxo
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That's beautiful, Beth. You're Grandma is smiling in heaven! I love that pin story.ReplyDelete
You can dedicate your first published book to her. My thoughts are with you.
What a lovely tribute to your grandma. I lost mine in 2001 and that was really hard. We were very close. Your grandma is definitely looking down upon you and she's always with you. I'm sorry to hear she's gone. It sounds like she had a good life.ReplyDelete
This is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. She was a doll and will be missed.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, ladies. She was, indeed, a beautiful woman. Today is my birthday and my sweet husband typed up a page about my grandmother being an angel and looking down on me. Then, inside a gift box was a Guardian Angel pin for me! Of course, it made me cry and was the best, most thoughtful gift.ReplyDelete
Shirley, I did think of that--dedicating my book to her. I'm very sad that she didn't get to read all of it. She read the first few chapters, and I wrote down a couple of her funny comments. Every time I'd visit her, I'd forget to take the darn thing. She'd say, "I sure wish I could read it." I think she would have enjoyed it.
Happy Birthday, Beth. I didn't get a chance to catch up on blogs yesterday. Hope you had a great one. I'm sure your grandma was there in spirit!ReplyDelete