My Dear, Sweet Maw Maw.

Just over a year ago, I introduced you to my grandmother, Maw Maw.

We received a call from my mother last night letting us know that Maw Maw just passed away.

I’m feeling such a mix of emotions right now.

Sadness because I won’t get to sit across the table and chit chat with her for hours when I’m in New Mexico and laugh with her anymore.

I won’t get to hear her tell me how much she adores my husband and how she knew I had made a mistake when I broke up with him during our dating years.  I won’t get to hear her tell me what a “dandy” sweet Arle is.

And I’m sad she won’t get to meet the sweet little peanut growing inside me.

I’m also feeling a sense of relief.

I’m so thankful that she didn’t have to suffer any longer than she did.  I’m thankful that she died peacefully in her sleep.

I’m thankful that she had loved ones at her bedside when it happened.

I’m especially thankful that she knew Jesus and that she’s with him now.

She was a remarkable lady.  I’m so grateful for the incredible role model she was for me and that she showed me what it means to truly be a selfless person.  She always always always put others before herself.

She also taught me the importance of using proper grammar, blowing your nose instead of walking around sniffing all the time, and to love wearing bright colors.

I love you, Maw Maw, and can’t wait to see you again someday.

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    Pam said,

    We will indeed miss Maw Maw. She was a such a lady. Always inclusive. Wherever you were with her she “knew” you were there. No one was ever left out. She loved your mother like Suzy loved me. That is a real gift and a treasure. She truly had perseverance. I loved her too! Pam

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    Jonsie Hicks said,

    What a lady she was! Walked with such class and grace! Will be praying and loving on you all!

  3. 3

    Kristin said,

    So sorry friend. Praying for you guys.

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    Rhonda Phillips said,

    So sorry for your loss!! She was a special lady! I really enjoyed seeing her a few times in the last six months or so in Collage when she came to get her hair done. She was a pretty lady who always looked and acted her best! Love you Heather!

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    Raegan said,

    Oh, Heather I’m so sad to hear about your loss. What a blessing to have had her in your life, and what an encouragement to know you will be with her again! I’m so glad that she knew you have a sweet baby on the way. Lots to look forward to after this life!

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    Shannon said,

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers Heather.

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    laura said,

    i’m so sorry to hear this, heather. we are praying for you and your family. please let us know if there’s anything we can do. lots of love!!

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    Suz said,

    Sweet Maw Maw…what a treasure she was. How blessed I am to have had her as part of my life, too! It is truly a blessing to know she is with the Lord right now. Love you so much. Am praying for your whole family.

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    LaDawn said,

    Love, prayers and hugs from the Ridenours.

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    Kristen said,

    so sorry sweet friend… how special that you had a great relationship with her!

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    Kim said,

    As long as I live, I’ll never forget Marj’s solution to our sniffing…..
    she always had a hanky to offer. What a lady….how precious….
    just imagine the crowd that was waiting for her yesterday when she
    stepped thru to the other side. The void we have here, because of
    her leaving, has been filled in Heaven. We praise You and thank You,
    sweet Jesus, for relieving Maw Maw of the earthly garment that was no longer needed to house Your spirit. Thank You for setting her free.

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    nancy said,

    Heather, I am so sorry to hear about your Grandma…sounds like a sweet and precious lady! So thankful we know she is with Jesus now and you will see her again!!!

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    Becky James said,

    Oh, Heather! Our family met John and Marj in 1958 (I think) when we moved to Lovington. They were a part of our lives from then on and a joy on so many levels! John called my sister on her first day of school and on the day she graduated. They gave an engagement party for my second husband and me that was so lovely! There were the good times at the Youth Center when Marj was the director – she caught me hugging Randy in the parking lot once! Garden Club with my mom and all the other civic and social contributions she made are firm memories! Such a lady! It is so like her to slip away gracefully. God bless all of you! Love, Becky Purcell James

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    Sarah Tindall said,

    Hi Heather,
    Some of my earliest, dearest, most important memories in life are of my family’s time together with John and Marjorie and Lee and Scot; Nanci and Melissa. What great joy. The memories just keep flooding in. Our tears are tears of joy, and gratitude for all that Marj brought to this life; and, lots and lots of laughter in remembering. How we have loved John and Marj and Lee and Scot, Nanci and Melissa, and how each of their lives have have unfolded and flourished, nourished others. What a beautiful legacy Marjorie leaves here for the time being, and don’t you know there is a whole lotta dancin’ goin’ on in Heaven right about now?
    God’s peace, much love+, many prayers,
    Sarah Purcell Tindall, Jim and Khaki, too.

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    ally stouse said,

    Awe, Heather… what a legacy she leaves. Now I see where you get your style and class. I loved reading about your precious Maw Maw and how she was such a supportive person in your life. She sounds like an amazing woman. We love you guys and hope you are celebrating her life by remembering all of her stories with your family right now. Love to you…

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    annalee said,

    what a precious lady with a lasting impact.
    so sorry for your loss.


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