Beth Nate

In Memoriam

Yesterday our little world kind of stopped for a moment.  Nate’s Grandma Dolly passed away at age 91. She’d had dementia for the last four years and it was recently learned she had liver cancer, so it’s a bit of a blessing that she’s no longer in pain and can be at peace, but it’s still sad.

I met Nate’s grandparents very shortly after we began dating.  I quickly learned that Grandma Dolly was a typical Polish grandmother who demanded you ate something the minute you walked in her door and if you didn’t, it was an insult. She was spunky and even a little hip – I have pictures of her doing the Electric Slide with all us younger folks at my wedding reception and I remember being impressed that she knew all the moves! She loved margaritas and had a standing tradition of meeting friends once a week at a Mexican restaurant near us that had two for one margaritas on Tuesdays.

I’m so glad she had a chance to know Ollie.  Even as her mind began to decline, she always seemed to know who he was and he always brought a smile to her face. I’m often surprised she lasted as long as she did after Nate’s grandfather passed away 4 1/2 years ago. She pretty much lived to take care of him. I find joy in the fact that they are reunited and are likely playing dominoes and eating chips and salsa with a margarita and all of their friends that went before them. She had a good life, but now can be at peace. We will miss her.


6 thoughts on “In Memoriam

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. It doesn’t matter if someone is 9 or 90, losing family hurts. Remember those good times with her. Even if you have to cry to do it. Prayers with you.

  2. Sorry to hear about your loss Beth! She sounds like a wonderful person, and what a blessing that Ollie got to meet her and get to know her a little too!

  3. Sad sad sad! So sorry for your and your family’s loss. Hugs to all of you! Even when it is to alleviate their pain, it is still such a sad thing to lose someone you love.

  4. I’m sorry. My condolences to you and Nate’s family. I had a German grandmother who had the same attitude. If you didn’t accept third or fourth portions of her food, she got sad.

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