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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

My Granny

We got the news on Thursday morning last week that my grandmother had passed away. It wasn't totally unexpected, but it kind of was. She was doing well, had been at my sister's house just a few days before. Even though she had been having some problems in the last few years, she was a tough cookie.

I was planning a trip to Louisiana with my boys to spend some more time with her. We did spend Christmas down in LA with her and I'm so happy that we were able to do that. My sister from CA was also planning a trip at the same time, so we were all almost here when she passed. She knew that we were all on our way. The only thing that changed with her passing is that my hubby and my brother-in-law came over as well and then flew back home on Monday.

I was very fortunate that I got as many years with her as I did. I will always remember her in ways that are not possible with some of my other grandparents. She also got to see my boys grow up and go from stumbling toddlers to men, and that is truly a blessing.

Even though I have lived away from her for the last 10 years, my granny knew how much I loved her and how much she meant to me. She loved my boys and they held a special place in her heart. She also adored my husband and told me every time I talked to her how lucky I was to have met him and what a wonderful person he is.

My grandmother wrote out her own obituary as well as her own service.s She actually wrote them about 10 years ago. She always planned ahead and she never wanted to inconvenience anyone.

This is her obituary as it was written by her and published in our local paper. I have added the names of the grandkids and great-grandkids in birth order.

She was a very special woman and she will be missed by all who knew her. She touched so many people's lives and changed them in ways that only she could.

Georgie R. Robinson, 87 years old died Thursday, July 31, 2008 at her residence.

Georgie was born January 12, 1921 to Samuel and Edith Richardson in Springfield, Louisiana. She was one of ten children. Florence and Delores died in infancy, while her three brothers, Melvin James, Cecil Samuel, and Edward Edgar Richardson, along with four sisters, Lula Mae R. Gainey, Elizabeth R. Lee Lemak, Orine R. Robinson and Neville R. Huneycutt all preceded her in death.

Her husband, Maurice D. Robinson, Sr., her parents, and one grandson also preceded her in death.

She had two children, Katherine R. Tackett of Hammond and Maurice D. Robinson, Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona, eight grandchildren (Bart, Beth, Carolyn, Toni, Monet, Amber, Melissa, Jason) eight great-grandchildren (Rebecca, Morgan, Raymond, Garrett, Regan, Sophia, Ethan, John) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Saturday, August 2, 2008, at the Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Services will be held at Happy Woods Church of God 42418 S. Range Road, Hammond LA. 70403, Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Robert Weathersby officiating. Interment will follow in Carter Cemetery.

An on-line Guestbook is available at http://www.harrymckneely.com


Firefly Nights said...

So sorry to read about the loss of your beloved grandmother. I only knew one grandparent, my mother's mother, and I lost her when I was about 12. She lived with us almost as far back as I could remember, so I have very few memories of doing anything at her house when I was young. You are fortunate to have been able to spend so much time with your grandmother. I'm sure you will miss her very much.

Channon said...

I'm very sorry! Mark's grandfather, the last living grandparent we had between us, died in June, and so I understand precisely what you mean by being expected but not. I hope your memories get you through the next few days/weeks/months.