On February 18, 2009, my wonderful grandma died. She was 85 years old and the mother of seven children, the grandmother to thirteen, and great grandmother to five.
Before his death in 1995, my grandma and grandpa celebrated 51 years of marriage. He retired as a captain in the Coast Guard and my grandma was the force that held her family together through many moves and duty station changes.
I love you, Grandma and Grandpa, and I miss both of you so very very much. I am glad you are together again now, but I miss you so very very much. Grandma, I can't even bear to imagine celebrating our birthday without you--we have been birthday twins my entire life. Leaving you at the cemetery was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. I love you and always will love you.