Katie’s Message to Gram

Gram From Katie


My grandma was one of the most giving and loving people I know. She gave the definition of unconditional love a meaning by listening to what we had to say and always giving us advice when needed.

I can remember being little and looking forward to seeing her on the weekends. Will and I would enjoy eating frosted flakes and half-n-half for breakfast on Saturdays and going to Dairy Queen for hotdogs and ice cream on Sundays. I can still smell her lavender spray all around her house. When she went through her first stroke and came to live in Madison I can remember visiting her where Amy worked and eating food in a big room and watching tv. I can picture the balcony with the flowers and the smell of cleaning tools, and when Grandma moved to Harmony when I was 8 I’d go and watch Little House on the Prairie with her.

I might not have been as close to her as I wished I had been but she gave Will and me the family we have now. I never could have asked for anyone more loving than her.  The Sunday before she died she told our family that “she was glad she could see us all grow up into good people” and Will then proceeded to make a joke saying he could “still mess things up”.

The day grandma passed away I was in school trying to figure out ways to be ready to say goodbye. I wasn’t ready yet and there was no way I could’ve been. After school, I called my mom to tell her I was at a friend’s house and found out Grandma passed away only 5 minutes before. Five minutes before I had been walking to my friend Serena’s house. Five minutes before I had thought my grandma was ok.  Hearing the sad news was one of the hardest things in my life.

Everyone who met grandma loved her for her kind heart and loving you for who you were. But she’s in all of us now. Now, all we can do is remember the good times we had and smile. And know that she’s in a better place now.