Thursday, November 5, 2009


On Monday my dad's mother died of a massive heart attack. While we are all devastated by this unexpected loss, we are glad she experienced no pain. My grandmother had type I diabetes, and for the past couple years has been suffering due to her lifelong disease. Fortunately, I was able to see her (and Brad was able to meet her) at our wedding back in May. She was very frail even then, so I'm so glad she was able to make it.
My grandfather died the summer before my sophomore year of high school (about 7 years ago), so we're all so happy Nanny will finally be reunited with Pawpaw. Hopefully, I'll be able to get their records together soon, and Brad and I can go do all their temple work for them since neither of them were members. My dad tried several times to get my grandmother to convert to the church, but she was a very strong Southern Baptist. She told him she believed it but she just couldn't leave her own church. I know that they will both accept the gospel since they can now see the whole picture.

I wish I had more pictures to post of my wonderful Nanny, but they'll all back at home in Tennessee, so the wedding picture is the only one I have here. My grandmother taught me so many wonderful things, like how to sew a blanket stitch (and all the others) , how to cross stitch, and the difference between a direct and indirect object and what a past participle was - she was a high school English teacher. I will greatly miss her, but I know she's in a much better place now with her soon-to-be eternal husband (once Brad and I do the work).

Her funeral is today in Marion, NC - the city both my parents are from. My whole family will be there, including my dad's sister's kids who we haven't seen for a long time. Unfortunately, Brittney and I weren't able to fly back home on such short notice. My mom and I called every airline imaginable and none offered bereavement fares, so the cheapest ticket we could find was $700. Brittney and I were so disappointed, but we definitely didn't want our family paying $1400 just to see us for 2 days. I know my Nanny is glad we didn't spend the money, but we are definitely thinking of her today.

1 comment:

  1. Courtney, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It is wonderful to think of her reuniting with your grandpa and also to know she's no longer in pain. But, it IS still a loss. I hope, even though you aren't in TN with everyone else, that you will find some peace and comfort as you go about your day. I'll say a little prayer for you.