Monday, August 20, 2012

Our Special Grandma

In the early hours of morning of Friday August 17th Our Dear Sweet Grandma Lilly passed away. I will never forget this amazing woman and her wonderful example. I love her like my own grandma and it seems like I've known her my whole life. I'm so happy that I had the chance to be a part of her life and that she was such a major role in mine. We decided to name our little girl after her a couple months before she was born, we thought that it would mean a lot to her. After Faith was born, I mailed her a birth announcement, with her full name FAITH LILLIAN WESTOVER. I promptly received a voice male from grandma. It was such a tender message that I saved it for months. The night she passed away, I listened to it. It was so nice to hear her sweet voice. I was saving it so that when we decided to tell my sweet daughter about her wonderful great grandma, that she could hear her sweet voice tell her how much she meant to her. I erased this message tonight by accident so I want to document the sweet words, as many as I can remember, so that she can at least read them one day. This is what I remember. Through a teary crackly voice...
 "Becky, I just got that darling picture of Faith. I'm so honored to have a grand daughter named after me. I want you and Brian to know how much you mean to me, I love you so much. Please come by and visit me soon."

Every time I would talk to her, she would say, “hows my namesake” or “hows Faith Lillian” or “where’s that sweet little girl” with a huge smile on her face.  Then she would walk as fast as she could to a chair so that she could hold her. When she was put in a nursing home to recover from a broken arm a few weeks ago, I made it a goal to visit her as often as I could so that she could see Faith. If you know our Daughter, she doesn't let many people hold her. First thing I would do when I got there was put Faith in her lap and she would lay there in what seemed to be the most uncomfortable position and just smile and let Grandma kiss her. I know that those moments were heaven sent and I will cherish them forever. One of the times I took Daxton to see her,  we were going to leave and he said in the sweetest little 3 year old voice imaginable, "I sorry grandma lilly, I sorry you have a owie on your arm. You have a bandaid?"   and then he said LOVE YOU! And skipped out the door.

While I miss her so very much and I think of her often, I know I can't be selfish and I know that she is with her sweetheart, her son and her grandkids that have gone from this life. I'm so happy to have known this sweet woman. I love you so much grandma Lilly, and although my heart is filled with sorrow right now, I know you're happy. Please watch over our little family and keep us safe. And most of all, Dance the night away! 



*karen* said...

Thanks Becky, for making me cry! So very sweet. Lots of love to you and your family.

Apryl said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so hard to see people we love so much go. Thank goodness for the gospel, right!