Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Mixed Bag of Emotions

As you know by reading my wife's blog, her grandmother passed away early yesterday morning. She was 94 and was treated for Alzheimers for the last 13 years of her life. I didn't get to know her all that well, but from what everybody has told me, she was a good woman. She raised 10 kids, was always a gracious hostess when we went to Burnsville, West Virginia to visit, which wasn't often enough, and most important, she loved the Lord.

The good news is that Iva Ramsey is now back with her husband, Clarence, who left this life in January, 1977. I never got to meet him since I first met Kathy in November of that year. Those I met told me that he was a real good man and a licensed minister. Kathy told me several times that she wishes I could have met him, and someday I will.

The mixed bag of emotions I mentioned in the title is this: I feel sad for my wife since she has lost another part of her life, one who had a good influence as she was growing up. Ditto for my mother in law. She lost her mother, that's hard to take at any age. I feel bad for my father in law since he can't travel to WVa for the funeral. We will be staying with him, so that's another reason to feel sad for Kathy.

The eight surviving children hopefully will be able to talk about some good memories about their mother, who no longer has to suffer and is now walking with those who went before her.

16 comments:

Margaret said...

My heart goes out to your wife. My grandmother passed away a few months shy of 100 years old. It is hard to see them go at any age.

Mike Golch said...

I lost my great gand mother when she was close to or even at 100.that was in the late sixities.My condolences on her lost,and Yes she is with the ones who went defore her.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am so sorry to hear this. Wishing you all the best in this sad time.
suz

Karen said...

My heart goes out to you and Kathy both! Please know we are all thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way! Give Kathy a hug for me.

TERI REES WANG said...

..Seems the longer they stick around, the longer we expect them to stick around... Doesn't matter how long, or how old, we are never quite ready.

Sue Wilson said...

So sorry for this loss.
"We can cry with hope...
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cuz we know that goodbye is not the end.
We can grieve with hope
And we can dream with hope
Because there's a place...by God's grace,
We'll see your face again."
With Hope- Steven Curtis Chapman

SandyCarlson said...

My heart goes out to your wife and to you. Peace, friend.

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

Cliff, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and Kathy tonight. To say the least, I know this has to be a hard time for both of you and I think you know this already, but, your blogging friends will stick by your side.

Shellmo said...

I am sorry to hear of your family's loss. My sympathies to Kathy and your family. A grandparent is one of the most special relationships I believe a person can have. I think about my grandfather every single day.

struke said...

Cliff...I am so sorry. Reading that was like taking a punch in the gut. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Pat Jenkins said...

we send out our thoughts for your whole extended family wixy....

Jen said...

My sympathy to your family Cliff.
May the knowledge of heaven bring comfort.

Syd said...

My condolences to your wife and her family. It's hard to lose those people who have been with us for so long.

coltfan said...

so sorry for your family's loss.

Daisy said...

My sympathies to you and your wife, Cliff.

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