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Thu Feb 27, 2014, 09:47 PM Feb 2014

So my 107-YO Grandmother passed away today. [View all]

It was a pretty good run and we should all be so lucky as to have a life such as hers.

She was born in rural White County, Indiana and lived on a farm until moving into town in the early 1970's. She had 3 daughters and one son, my dad, who was the youngest. They grew a variety of crops, raised cows, chickens, goats, pigs, also bred plow horses and beagles. Later diversified and owned a roofing company until Grandpa passed in the mid-70's. After that she traveled extensively including Russia, Italy, Germany, etc. Here eyes were clear and bright, she made sense during most conversations, and was always cheery and upbeat. She was a skilled seamstress, never drove a car and her life experiences made her quite a raconteur.

She would spend summers in Indiana and winters in Florida with her daughters. About a year and a half ago, she attended my brother's wedding in Chicago. She moved around from table to table chatting (despite the loud DJ) and hardly ever sat down. They say if it's too loud, you're too old; she had no problem with the volume and had quite a nice time.

She was mostly in very good health until a couple of months ago when hospitalized after a fall. Two weeks ago her doctor recommended hospice care, moved a hospital bed into her home and assigned two shifts of visiting nurses. She demanded the bed be removed, dismissed the nurses and the following morning awoke demanding a breakfast of potatoes with onions and a fried egg.

A pretty good run!

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She had a great life it sounds like. Kingofalldems Feb 2014 #1
VERY good run! elleng Feb 2014 #2
107! Wow.... Adrahil Feb 2014 #3
Thank you so much for sharing her story with us. warrior1 Feb 2014 #4
"always cheery and upbeat" panader0 Feb 2014 #5
just think of the changes during her lifetime. grasswire Feb 2014 #6
Thanks! She was a pretty cool lady. Snarkoleptic Feb 2014 #7
a toast to her MFM008 Feb 2014 #8
I'm sorry... Ron Obvious Feb 2014 #9
Wow, lucky lady. Bully for her for running such a long race. nt valerief Feb 2014 #10
Born in 1906 the same year as my mom's mom whistler162 Feb 2014 #11
My condolences, Snarkoleptic. polly7 Feb 2014 #12
She sounds like a fun lady - TBF Feb 2014 #13
She had quite a life, and a long life at that nadinbrzezinski Feb 2014 #14
Sounds like a real pistol! annabanana Feb 2014 #15
She saw a lot, wow. oldandhappy Feb 2014 #16
Damn Straight a pretty good run. Philly Cowboy Feb 2014 #17
Eveready Bunny of a Nanna. You were so blessed! n/t Loudly Feb 2014 #18
She sounds like she was my kind of grandma. TxDemChem Feb 2014 #19
Excellent run. RIP 840high Feb 2014 #20
I'll always remember the farm stories... Snarkoleptic Feb 2014 #21
My grandmother celebrated her centennial earlier this month. opiate69 Feb 2014 #22
A pretty good run, indeed. 3catwoman3 Feb 2014 #23
May she rest in peace. hrmjustin Feb 2014 #24
A great story about someone you will surely miss. we can do it Feb 2014 #25
A damn good run, I'd say. Gormy Cuss Feb 2014 #26
Congratulations for having had so wonderful a grandmother for so long. merrily Feb 2014 #27
Wow, good on her! Hope you inherited those good genes. polichick Feb 2014 #28
My grandmother died on her 86th birthday Jenoch Feb 2014 #29
Rest in peace..... AverageJoe90 Feb 2014 #30
She saw it all happen, what a life! Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 #31
I know you'll miss her terribly! What an awesome woman! Triana Feb 2014 #32
Good on her! A life well lived, it sounds like. MineralMan Feb 2014 #33
What a grand story of a life well lived. Thanks for sharing with us... Hekate Feb 2014 #34
That's quite amazing! pacalo Feb 2014 #35
a life well-lived noiretextatique Feb 2014 #36
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