My Grandma Ruth passed away yesterday, Sunday morning in her sleep. She was 81 years old and had been married to my grandpa Delbert for 61 years (I believe). She had 6 children, 15 grandchildren and at least 12 great-grandchildren (with more on the way!). Her sisters had already passed away before her (all 3 of them were exactly 70 when they passed!) as well as my father, her oldest son.
She was a great grandmother to us. Especially since my father passed away when I was just about 8. My mom did a great job at keeping us involved with that side of the family – for holidays, random get togethers. They were often at our Little League games growing up. And they still came over for our birthday celebrations or “just because” Sunday afternoon dinners. They were super supportive when my mom started dating again after my dad died — even encouraging her to remarry her long time boyfriend, Bill. (My mom did – but 24 years after my father died after dating Bill for 23 years!)
She was great at cards, even though Alzheimers had set in the later years. She knew how to play! SkipBo and Phase 10 were favorites of our family. And she was always up for holding babies – even when they become stronger and wiggly!
She was loved well by so many and we’ll miss her.