Sadly, our dear, sweet, Grandma Packer passed away today.
I have so many wonderful things to say about her. She truly is a jewel and extremely special.
These are the most recent pictures of her...the top two are at our Packer Family Holiday party in December 2009, and the last is on March 17, 2010 when we took dinner over.
It's just been in the past few weeks that Phillip and I have talked and finally came to terms that if Grandma were to pass away soon, it would be okay. We would be okay. We've been so selfish for so many years, wanting her to hang on, even though Grandpa has been missing her for some time now and awaiting her arrival. That says a lot about a person doesn't it. She has been in a lot of pain for quite a while, but just hasn't been ready to go.
Family is everything to her...not material things, not status, but family. She lived so humbly...never even had her driver's licence. So content in her little Kaysville home that Grandpa built her.
So many times I find myself in situations asking myself, what would grandma do? She seemed to handle everything perfectly... so non judgemental. Loved and excepted everyone.
She let us live with her for 6 months (five years ago) before we moved to our town home. It was good timing for both of us, because she was alone and battling cancer at the time, therefore we helped each other out. I look back at those months and cherish them.
Phillip always said that she made him feel like he was her favorite (but I have a feeling she made all her grand children feel that way...I say that because she made me feel that way too.) Every birthday was remembered.
She's an angel. Christlike. A perfect example.
We love you Grandma and think the world of you. We miss you already. We honor what a beautiful, good, and full life you have lived. Thank you for loving us.
Phillip and I with Grandma at the Packer Holiday Party
Grandma Vi Packer with most of her Great Grandchildren
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Eating Green in the Pink kitchen.