Monday, July 16, 2012

Edna Mary's Favorite Things

My Grandma passed away late last night after a long battle with COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She was able to spend her final hours home in her bedroom surrounded by loving family members who shared prayers,  memories, and much appreciation for all her care and kindness throughout the years. 

Today I am going to share some of my Grandma's favorite things in hopes that we can celebrate her life every time we dig into a pint of Graeter's ice cream or sit down to play a game of solitaire. 

She loved to play card games and solitaire was her favorite. She taught me how to play cards and we would spend hours and hours shuffling our card decks.

For several years my Grandma worked at a flower shop in Hyde Park Square. She always loved being surrounded by the beautiful colors and stunning arrangements. 

My Grandparent's freezer was always stocked with plenty of Cincinnati's famous Graeter's ice cream cartons. 

When I was a little girl, my Grandparents had a dalmatian named Abigail that my Grandma loved.

Our family has traveled to Michigan for years and one of my Grandma's favorite things was to look out at the clear blue water watching the sail boats effortlessly glide through the waves.

My Grandma loved eating yogurt. She would grab a spoon and scoop out of the big carton.

My Grandma loved to chat. My Grandparent's live across the street from us so I would frequently stop by after school or over summer and winter vacations from college and spend hours talking to my Grandma. She loved to know about our lives. She would ask questions about my school, my friends, my work,  and  as we gossiped back and forth, she would always make me laugh. I often felt like we were two giggling school girls as we chatted in on the couch. 

When Stacy's pita chips came Grandma was hooked! They were the perfect tasty snack.

My Grandma was the QUEEN of being driven. It didn't matter if you were the worst driver in the world, she'd plop right into the passenger seat, turn up the AC and off you'd go. We would take loops around Cincinnati, going through different parks, neighborhoods, and squares. 

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. 


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. But what a lovely post to celebrate her life. I'm sure she's smiling down on you from heaven.

  2. Sorry for your loss, honey. I think we all need to queens of being driven. It has been a life goal since I literally hate driving.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I love that you are sharing her favorite things today, though. That's very sweet of you. Thinking of you sweet girl!

  4. Oh sweetness i am so sorry for your loss ... my thoughts are with you and i am sending lots of love your way.

    Love Chrissi

    From With Passion and Love ...

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet grandmother's passing! What a beautiful tribute... she seemed like such an amazing grandma and friend.

    My prayers are with you, Clare!

  6. Hugs to you are your family. This is a beautiful tribute. xoxo.

  7. Clare,
    I'm so sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing!
    Hugs to you and your family!!

    xo shelly

  8. Sorry for your loss. You Grandma sounds like an amazing person.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. This little gesture really captures your grandmother's spirit. It was very touching to read. Blog hugs from afar :)

  10. I'm so sorry for your loss, but thank you for sharing your Grandma with us.

  11. Clare, I'm so sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was an amazing woman and I just love this ode to her.


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