This is a sad post. On Tuesday, Matt and I transitioned from people who have grandparents (or, more accurately, a grandparent) to people who had grandparents. On Tuesday, Corrine Isabelle Schafer Elliott, daughter of Hyacinthe Laura Belle Girard Schafer and Albert Shafer, widow of Howard Dwight Elliott, passed away at 87. She was the oldest of seven children.
1957, 1970, 1975, 1986, 1986, 1987, 2010, 2012, and 2013. Those are the years that our grandparents (we had 9 between us) died; it is somewhat astounding that two people can live to be 40 years old before they move fully to a family's second generation of living members. I didn't get a full 40 years with her, but she was as much my grandma for the last 23 years as anyone's in Matt's family. She was Old Grandma to the girls, and how lucky are they that they actually knew her?
A few years ago I was a guest blogger over at Bella Blvd. and I was asked to make some scrapbook pages with their products; the minute I saw the one with the playing card design on it I knew I would make a page about Grandma Elliott:
Even though the girls did know their great-Grandma Elliott, I am well-aware that their memories of their time with her will never be as strong as our memories of their time with her. Here's the list of things I included on that page in 2010, adjusted for past tense:
A Few Things To Know About Old Grandma
4. She only had one lung because she had TB a long time ago.
5. She always sent a stick of gum in a birthday or Christmas card.
6. She talked a lot.
8. She was one of the slowest eaters in the world.
We will miss her so much.