The day after Thanksgiving, all of CT3’s family headed south to spend time with Gammie. This summer she was diagnosed with lung cancer and in the weeks leading up to the holidays, her condition was beginning to decline. We had planned to have everyone to her house the day after Thanksgiving so everyone could be together and spend time with Gam.
The day was a blessing as Gammie was in and out of sleep and was able to wake up enough to greet us all. Even though she wasnt able to communicate much, the smile on her face showed she was pleased to have us there. Throughout the day, we all just visited in her home as she rested in her chair, on her oxygen, enjoying the family time.
Sadly, just after midnight on December 3, Gammie went home to be with the Lord. I was thankful that the whole family had gotten to spend time with her the week before, and as sad as it was to lose her, I didnt want to see her suffer. Her condition seemed to decline very fast over a two week time period and eventually her organs slowed down and she took her last breath. She passed in her own home, and is no longer in pain, which we are all thankful for.
The next few days were filled with a mix of emotions as we grieved her loss and shared fond memories. I remember when CT3 and I had first started dating, after the first time I met Gam, CT3 said he spoke to her and she told him, “You better not blow it with this one!” I guess Gammie knew a good thing when she saw one…he he he. 🙂
I have thought about her often lately, as the diamond that CT3 proposed to me with, and the one which I love so fondly, she once wore. Since she passed, each time I have looked at my left hand, I have thought of her. I pray that I continue to remember her, and that her life and her loving, giving spirit will never be forgotten. I am thankful that she was well to see CT3 and I get married and I am thankful for the short time I have gotten to know her.
Her funeral was really neat, as a lot of it she had planned in advance. When we arrived for the visitation, there was a whole spread of all of her favorite food and drinks: lemon bars, chicken salad sandwhiches, cheese sticks, green tea, etc! Even especially picked up from multiple stores per Gammies request! The church had on display a watercolor that Gammie had painted and given to them and they brought it in for all to see. She was an avid painter and CT3 and I have some of her work which we hope to get framed and put up sometime.
I think the picture below was one of the last ones taken of Gammie before she got really sick. We love you Gammie and you will be missed!