Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Rest In Peace

I lost my grandma yesterday. She was 99 years old. She would've been 100 in just a little over a month. Despite her age, she lived on her own and took care of herself, and her death was unexpected. Even though I'm happy for her that she's no longer suffering, and that she'll be with my grandpa (they were married over 50 years when he died) I'm going to miss her. My grandma had spunk, and she had been, literally, EVERYWHERE.

She had a lot of great stories to tell, like the fact that in 1950, she and my grandpa were among a small group of African-Americans who went to Norway and attended the award ceremony for Ralph Bunche, the very first black man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She also had so many stories that I regret that I will never get to hear. But most of all, she believed in me. After she learned that I was writing a book, she told everyone she met that I was a writer, and she was actually proud of that fact!

Rest in Peace Grandma, you will be missed.

21 comments:

Lisa Marie Miles said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing someone you love is so hard.

I enjoy your blog:)

Elle Strauss said...

My sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

Darina said...

Valerie, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. It's a good thing that her sufferings are over. RIP

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Your grandma sounds like a very special lady who lived a long and special life. I'm so sorry, Valerie. :-)

Kristi said...

She sounds like an amazing lady and her stories will live on through you. You were lucky to have her so long! :)

Nisa said...

Oh hon, I'm so sorry! She sounds like an awesome woman. Someone not only to look up to, but to live like. Maybe you can write her stories down so that no one will forget! I'll keep you in my prayers!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I am sorry you lost your grandma unexpectedly. Even when people are old sudden death comes as a shock. But I see from what you wrote that she had a marvelous life and you got to appreciate it. May she rest in peace, and may you find peace in those wonderful memories.

YA Vampire Books said...

I'm so sorry about your grandmother. It sounds like she was a very cool lady!

Rosie said...

So sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was a lovely woman!!!

Nicole Ducleroir said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Now there's another angel watching over you :))

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

So sorry for your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Bethany Mattingly said...

You and your family are in my thoughts. It sounds like your grandma was a fascinating person.

Kirthi said...

I'm sorry about your grandma, she was an accomplished woman!

Kristie Cook said...

Sorry for the sad news, Valerie. She sounds like a special woman. Celebrate her life and love. Hugs to you.

DL Hammons said...

My condolences to you. What a wonderful woman to be influenced by.

IanIan said...

I'm very sorry. She's in peace now, and she'll keep watching over you.

L.J. Boldyrev said...

*Hugs* She sounds like a remarkable woman.

Mardel said...

Wow, your grandma sounds like a wonderful woman. Keep all the memories you can. Hey, if you're writing, start a little project of stories that she's told you over the years. I'll bet it would feel good to get that on paper - later offspring could read about her also. This might be something to think about when you're up to it, it'll keep her a little closer in your heart.

Marianna said...

My condolences.

Carrie Harris said...

*hug*

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your grandmother. She sounds like an amazing lady -- and what stories she had to share! ((hugs))

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