Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Couple Passing...

On December 15th my Grandmother passed away. Not a very nice Christmas gift if you ask me. Though she was a fighter. She passed away at the age of 85 having had Emphysema for about 12 or so years and just being diagnosed with lung cancer just 3 months earlier. My parent's, due to my grandparent's failing health, had relocated themselves for the time being so that they could spend time together. She passed away in her own home with most of her family by her side. We're very sad to see her go but she lived a very "swell" (as put by Grandpa) life. My whole family had planned to fly to little Tule Lake, CA for the funeral but as many of you posted about, the weather had other plans. I had decided last minute not to go and though it broke my heart, I later found out that my brothers had been stranded in Portland, OR for 4 days waiting for delayed flights until it was finally canceled and they just drove down. A blessing in disguise as the rest of my family got to spend Christmas together with all of the Grandparent's for the first time in a very long time.

This last Saturday I received the call that my Grandpa had passed away. He was always so loving and my heart ached for him when my Grandma had passed away and we half joked that he would die of a broken heart. What a great love story.

My grandparents met in high school. They were married to eachother just after my Grandpa had enlisted in the Army Air Corps. They had won their house and property in a lottery for the soldiers. Here is a link so some of the articles about it. They were married for 61 years and in my Grandpas own words, they "sure had a swell life together".

A picture I found on the internet taken for the front cover of the Reclamation Era celebrating their winnings in the Homestead Lottery.

These grandparents are on my Mom's side of the family and they aren't members of the church. What a blessing to have them pass away at the same time so we can do their temple work all at the same time and seal them together as husband and wife so they'll never be apart again. I was even more excited to think about my mom finally being able to be sealed to her parents too! I can't wait for the day....though I guess 1 year will have to do.


  1. I'm so sorry about your grandparents. Although having them both pass so close together is a blessing in disguise, as you said. When my mom's dad died a few years ago, her mom was broken hearted and didn't want to go on. She made it another year, but just wasn't the same. When you've had such a long life together, I can't imagine how hard it would be to be apart like that. I'm so glad we have the gospel in our lives and have the knowledge that we can be together again. It helps so much!

  2. Katie,

    I can't believe you lost your grandpa too, especially since I talked to you after your Grandma died. I hope your Mom is doing alright with all of it, and of course you too. So sorry. It's always such a hard thing to lose anyone close to us. It certainly helps to have the gospel to cling to. You're in my prayers.