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Thursday, March 04, 2010

we loved her so

One of God’s most beautiful angels went to be with Him in heaven this morning. She was loved by so many and our hearts are broken to have lost her. Our granny, Charlene, was 77 years old, mother to four, grandmother to eight, and just celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary this past summer with my grandfather.

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Granny was nothing if not opinionated, loving, selfless, and always smiling. She would do anything for anyone, but she was fiercely protective over her family. She was our precious jewel. She was genuine and funny. {Though sometimes we weren’t just laughing with her, but at her… don’t worry, even her hearing aid wasn’t strong enough to let her in on that secret ;)} She was the ultimate example of giving all for your family and your God. She was proud of all of us, quick to forgive our mistakes, always loving us in spite of our many faults.

We are so selfish to want her here while she was struggling, but that is our nature. She was the glue that held the family together, to go forward without her will be the biggest, continual struggle we’ve faced.

She will be missed with every fiber of our being. She will live on in our hearts, our memories, our pictures, our stories… because any story involving Granny is worth repeating at least 100 times over. Even though the world has lost such a magnificent woman, we always knew she was a better fit in God’s kingdom than she ever was on this old earth.

1 million times over and multiplied by infinity: we LOVE you, Granny.

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“Her children arise and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things but you surpass them all,” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

39 comments:

  1. :( this is not the update I was hoping for today. I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Stephanie, I'm so very, very sorry for your loss. My heart just sank as soon as I saw this post pop up in my reading list. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers...

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss :( Praying for your sweet grandma in heaven and your family!

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  4. I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. My grandmother passed away in December and it is very difficult. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  5. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  6. So sorry to hear that! I pray peace on your family during this time!

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  7. So sorry for your loss...I pray peace and comfort sustain you and your family during this difficult time!

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  8. I am so sorry for your loss, your grandmother was a beautiful lady and the way you worte about her made her even more so.

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  9. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  10. I'm so very sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a grandmother. My prayers are with you & your family. Try to remember that she's in a much better place.

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  11. I am so sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family :(

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  12. It is so hard to accept good-bye. Our prayers are with your family.

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  13. I am so sorry about your loss. We will be praying for your family. :(

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  14. such a sweet post! prayin' for ya girlie! xoxo

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  15. Praying for God to wrap his loving arms around you!

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  16. So sorry for your loss. Praying for your sweet family.

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  17. I am so sorry for your loss I know its a sad time right now I was praying for her when you told me she went into the hospital but I know that she is in a better place and she isn't in pain or anything so maybe God did answer our prayers. If you need anything please don't hesitate to E-Mail me stephaniehartman03@yahoo.com

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  18. My prayers are with you guys! So sorry for your loss! Just think about how much fun she is having in heaven....I think if we only knew the half of it we would be jealous!

    Sending much love you way!

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  19. Oh Stephanie, I am SO sorry. I can't imagine how hard this must be for your family right now. I am praying for comfort and that you guys can make it through the next few days.

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  20. So sorry for your loss.

    This is a beautiful post and tribute, thank you for sharing her with us.

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  21. So sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

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  22. Im so sorry for your loss.Please know I am thinking of you and your family during this tuff time!

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  23. I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart sank when I read this. Just know she is much better off and feeling so much better in Heaven. Praying for you and your family in this difficult time.

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  24. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope that you will find peace and comfort in her passing. And always remember, she's not in a better place, she's in the BEST place.

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  25. I have been reading your blog through Meredith T.'s... so sorry for your loss! I have been praying for your family and will continue to do so through your time of sorrow!

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  26. I am so sorry for your families loss. My thoughts are prayers are with all of you during this time.
    Hopefully all the cherished memeories will help you find comfort.

    Julie

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  27. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you :(

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  28. PS. I just thought of one of my fave quotes from one of my fave women and thought of you:

    "If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful." -Sophia Loren

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  29. Praying for you and your sweet family.Ever so sorry for your loss.I lost three of my grandparents in the course of a year and a half.That was five and a half years ago,and I still miss them terribly.Not a day goes by that I don't think of them,and the sweet memories I had with them.May God wrap his arms of love and peace around you.

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  30. Stephanie, I am so sorry for your loss. As you know I just lost my Dad after a long battle with cancer on 1/8/10. He was in so much pain and we saw very few glimpses of the real Dad, although I know he is at peace and not suffering, it still doesn't make it any easier to let them go.
    I will pray for peace and strength for you and your family.
    Love you, Paulette

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  31. Sorry for your loss - thinking of you!

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  32. I am so sorry for your loss. *hugs*

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  33. I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family. She sounded like a wonderful woman!!

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  34. So sorry to hear this Steph! Will be thinking of you! xo

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  35. Thank you so much for the kind words you left on the post about my grandfather's passing. I really appreciate that you included us in your prayers. :)

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  36. Stephanie,

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We will be praying for you and your family. Have strength during this hard time!

    - Ashley & Jonathan

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  37. I'm just finding your blog, so it's several months behind, but I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my grandmother in 2004 and I still miss her everyday. Keeping you in my prayers...

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I just shared my thoughts, I'd love to hear you share yours! {Besides, I'm tired of listening to the voices in my head.} I kid, I kid... ;)