Wednesday, February 22, 2006

In Memory...

Life is just one damned thing after another.
- Elbert Hubbard

On Wednesday night, February 15th, Gladys Katherine Elizabeth Gannoe passed away. She was 94 and it was a blessing. Gladys other wise known by me as "Grandma G" was a strong, tough woman.

I lived with Grandma G. from the time I was 7 years old along with my parents and later my sisters. While we had a challenging relationship, I am happy to have plently of wonderful memories that I'd like to share.

Gladys:

• Would visit the local nursing homes every week and take her friends out for the day - She hated nursing homes...
• Had an apartment complete with a bedroom, bathroom, living room and porch on the back of the house
• Loved the Music of Englebert Humberdink
• Loved to watch "Love Boat" and Lawrence Welk
• Was the orginal "channel surfer" and used to drive me crazy by changing the channels during commercials ("BUT GRAM WE ARE GOING TO MISS THE SHOW!!")
• Always had Orange Marmelade on her toast that she soaked in bacon grease
• Ate Chocolate Chip cookies and Ice Cream in the middle of the night
• Would listen to hours of "Heidi & Friends" and "Nursery Rhymes" Albums while my little sisters danced around her living room
• Never left the house without putting on her face
• Smelled of Ben Gay, Oil of Olay and Emeraud perfume
• Let me raid her closets constantly when I was in high school and wanted cool "retro clothes"
• Had a magnificant costume jewelry collection
• Definately influenced my love of "art deco" style decorations and furniture

Things Gladys Always Said:

What's for Dinner? - "Quail on Toast"

Whenever we pulled into the driveway in her car - "Home Again, Home Again Jiggity Jig"

Rest in Peace Grandma G.

4 comments:

Flatman said...

Sorry you lost her, but she is definitely in a better place now...

It makes me smile that you remember these great things about her!

Downhillnut said...

My Grandma Florence died almost a year ago after a long, full life. The beautiful, yet everyday things I knew about her comforted me a great deal in letting her go.

Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful thoughts about your Grandma G.

nancytoby said...

That's a great tribute - I can see that's where you get some of your amazing strength! Rest in peace, Grandma G.

Theresa said...

Sorry to here you lost her. I read the obituary in the paper last week, I didn't make the connection.