Grammy knew we were coming home for Cort’s wedding on September 30, 1989. Years earlier, she met Cort, cooked for him, and watched him give a toast – as our best man – on June 25, 1983.
Grammy never moved out of this house where she raised seven girls and one boy, while running a one-room grocery in the front room of the row home. Neither did Cheryl’s Mom, who to this day still lives in the house she was born in 89 years ago.
Grammy was going to be 94, but never made it. Yet I must say, she was one of the most amazing humans I ever got to know personally. She was physically active and abundantly prayerful until her very last breath. She was always surrounded by people she loved and who loved her. She never had an ill word about anyone. She lived with her infirmities and never complained. She choose me to get her wings started.
In 1989, Cheryl and I went back to Pennsylvania (from our home in Orlando) so I could be an attendant in our best man’s wedding. We stayed with Cheryl’s parents because it was closer, and especially to see Grammy, who at 93, wasn’t doing so well.
Grammy never went upstairs to her bedroom (she lived with my in-laws) the week we were there. I had never observed this before. At one point, I was asked to help move Grammy up from her chair. She passed away in my arms almost instantly…. (to be continued)
Happy Birthday Margaret. My Mother-In-Law turns 87 today.
“Mom” is still living in the house she was born in. Same house her entire life. Never moved out. Never moved away.
She was one of nine children. Her Mother, “Grammy”, open a one-room grocery store (1927) in what is now the living room in their three-story row home in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Grammy raised nine children, ran the store from early morning to late at night for 44 years.
Her Father, who died in his 30’s, was a shoe cobbler in the the back of the house.
“Mom” has aches and pains like most 87 year olds, an answering machine, and even a Trac Phone.
She is a devout Catholic and prays all the time, even when it doesn’t seem so.
She has shown us unconditional love, simplicity, kindness and generosity, loyalty, and love.