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Celebrating an Amazing Life

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Great Grandma Alma passed away last night at the age of 92, which I think is pretty amazing. Of course, that's Grandma for you- she had an amazing life!

 She was born in January of 1919 during the influenza epidemic. Right after her birth, she stopped breathing. Her mother's midwife ran outside and filled a bowl full of snow. She filled another bowl with warm water and dipped the baby from the freezing snow to warm water over and over until she suddenly started breathing again. Grandma said with her smart little smirk "So that's why I always did run and little hot and cold!"

She told wonderful stories of growing up during the Great Depression, being a one room school house teacher and living in Hawaii after the war. She was a wonderful writer and often boasted
" I was even published in a few little literary magazines!"
I'll have to get a hold of some of her stories and share them with you here! She was an accomplished quilter and dedicated many of her years researching our family's history and genealogy. She was a 50's housewife and looked exactly like Bette Davis when she was young. I think she hated that people said that, but I swear to you, it's true! She helped teach me how to crochet and sew and through the impact of the Great Depression, she helped to teach me how to make a silk purse from a sow's ear. She saw so many incredible things in her lifetime.

5 Generations with Great Grandma Alma, Olivia and I, my momma, my grandma and sister


On Saturday, the whole family came in from out of town to visit her in the hospital. We had a little party in the ICU room. We laughed a lot and made inappropriate jokes, which made grandma smile. She got kisses from Olivia and got to tickle Rhys's feet, which she loved. I can't imagine living long enough to see two of my great great grandchildren- but she did! She wanted to be cremated and buried in Springfield, MO so that's the plan. We're going to pack up the family and caravan to Springfield, singing along with the radio the whole way in celebration of her amazing life.

When everything settles down a bit, I'll see about getting some copies of her stories and pictures of her when she was young so I can share them with you. I think everything is packed away at my grandma's country house so it may take a while but it's worth it.  I think you'll get a kick out of them!

23 Responses to “Celebrating an Amazing Life”

  1. Sorry for your loss...but what a long and fascinating life she must have had! I look forward to hearing more about your great grandmother Alma!

    ~MaryD

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  2. I'm so sorry for you loss, dear. She sounds like an amazing lady!

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  3. I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Brittany. Alma sounds like she was a wonderful woman!! Looking forward to you sharing her stories and old photos with us.

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  4. So sorry to hear that, but not everybody can live so long and you had the chance to grow up near to her.

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  5. From what you've said of her, I'll bet your Great Grandma Alma would be proud of you and happy to have her life celebrated instead of mourned. I'd love to read some more about her. She sounds like she was a fascinating woman! And a ringer for Bette Davis? Let's see some pics! Take care...

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  6. Sorry to hear about your great grandma. She sounds like a pretty awesome lady. My great grandma is 97! She lives like 13 hours away though, so I don't know her very well.

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  7. I'm sorry for your loss honey, if you need anything please let me know. She was a neat lady. I'm glad I got to meet her.

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  8. I'm sorry you lost such an amazing person. But to celebrate her life the way you are would have made her happy I'm sure!

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  9. Sorry for your loss!! What an amazing person..what luck that you had her in your life!

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  10. What a long and wonderful life! You have great memories of her that will sustain you! My Granny lived in Springfield MO; after being born In St. Joseph on January 20, 1920; how funny that my Granny and your Great Grandmother lived so close! My Granny's wisdom from living on a farm during the depression in a family with 11 children has really sustained me since the recession; I value her wisdom always. My Granny passed away in 2000; and soon before she died; when she could no longer even speak; she held her arms out for my oldest son Andrew, who was 4 months old, and bounced him on her knee. As fragile as she was, she still could hold and take care of a baby! Take care!

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  11. Thank you for sharing, she sounds like she was a wonderful and unique lady.

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  12. So sorry to hear of your loss. She had a very long life and you will feel the beauty of having known her as you pass her knowledge on to your own children.

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  13. I'm sorry for your loss. However, it is so wonderful that she was able to give you so much of her history, her knowledge and her time. Her story sounds like one that needs to be written down!

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  14. I'm not sorry, I'm happy you are happy to be celebrating her life! Oh sure we miss our family when they are gone, but to celebrate them rather than be sad, is the best thing always. :)

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  15. Wow! She sounded like one interesting lady! I'd love to hear about her life. I love hearing 'make do' stories from the great depression, they're so inspiring. You are blessed to have such a large family and I'm glad that you're going to share her life stories here with us but also sad that you lost someone that obviously meant a lot to you throughout your life. Looking forward to those posts on Great Grandma Va Voom Vintage! xxx

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  16. Sorry for the sadness you are all dealing with she sounds like a wonderful lady.I look forward to hearing more about her xx

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  17. (((((hugs))))))) What a much loved Granny! She sounded like a wonderful woman. I am sorry to hear of her passing. I know you'll miss her. I still miss my greatly even after 20 yrs.

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  18. This is such a lovely story but yet so sad.
    I give all my condolences to you and your lovely family.
    God Bless ♥
    sincerely,
    Presley

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  19. i'm so sorry! you look beautiful though!

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  20. Thank you for sharing about your amazing great grandmother's life. I know you will miss her but you were so blessed to have her for so long.

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  21. Sorry for your loss. She sounds like an amazing woman!

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  22. Now I'm sobbing! What a nice story about your loss. I miss my grandma everyday, every single day. I'll look forward to seeing photos of her and reading her articles.

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  23. My condolences for your loss, but you enjoyed during many years of her company and that is always in memory.

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