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My leave of absence: or, RIP "Mammaw" (1921-2014)
« on: October 05, 2014, 08:08:06 PM »
In case some of you were wondering where I've been for the past three weeks or so, allow me to share a story with you. A story of a beautiful person I had the privilege of knowing.

My grandmother Edith was born in May 1921. She had a troubled childhood, and was abandoned by her mother when she was about six. Her father raised her and her two brothers (she had a sister who died in infancy), and at the age of 17 she married a man five years her senior. Nevertheless, they were happy, and raised seven great children. One of those children was my mother. I was born in 1988, when my grandma was 67. It could be said I was her favorite grandchild, and she often told stories of how she and my grandpa would babysit me and my sister when I was really young.

My grandmother was blessed with good health for most of her life, and you could usually find her outside working in the garden or tending to her chickens or dogs, well into her 80's. My grandfather died in 2005 at the age of 88, and my grandmother was left on her own. She began developing heart problems and suffered some heart palpitations in around 2008, but recovered. The doctor said she had the heart strength of someone thirty years younger than her. After another spell, she was forced to move in with my aunt, who cared for her, and everything was fine for a while.

But about three weeks ago, my grandma suffered a massive heart attack. The doctors were forced to put a pacemaker in her to save her life, but she was left bedridden. Numerous members of the family (me included) took turns watching over her. She grew progressively worse, and started slurring her speech--the doctors said she was having mini-strokes, because her heart was too weak to pump blood to her brain. She fell into a coma around the beginning of this month, and her last word anybody could understand was "peace". At about 10PM Eastern time yesterday, she passed away, surrounded by her family.

Goodbye, Mamaw. Enjoy your mansion...  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:
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Re: My leave of absence: or, RIP "Mammaw" (1921-2014)
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2014, 08:20:04 PM »
I do remember that you have posted about your grandmother, and it's sad to see her go. Most of us could've probably been a good friend of Edith if we knew her.  :cry:

R.I.P. Edith "Mawmaw" . She lived a good 93 years.  :cry:


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Re: My leave of absence: or, RIP "Mammaw" (1921-2014)
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2014, 08:28:16 PM »
Oh my god. This is just devastating news. :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:

I am extremely sorry for your loss, TBK. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. I lost my granfather last year, so I know the feeling. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. What terrible, terrible news. :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:

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Re: My leave of absence: or, RIP "Mammaw" (1921-2014)
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2014, 08:33:21 PM »
Sorry to hear that, TBK. All the best to you and your family. :(

Coincidentally, my grandmother also suffered a heart attack a few weeks ago. She's doing better now, though.

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Re: My leave of absence: or, RIP "Mammaw" (1921-2014)
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2014, 09:57:54 PM »
I'm so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family. :(
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Re: My leave of absence: or, RIP "Mammaw" (1921-2014)
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2014, 08:39:41 PM »
So so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.
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Re: My leave of absence: or, RIP "Mammaw" (1921-2014)
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2014, 08:58:13 PM »
I'm very sorry for your loss TBK. Reading about your grandmother made me think of mine. My grandmother is basically THE sole reason I love anything game show related. It'll be 5 years next Saturday, and I'm celebrating her by going to The Price Is Right stage show, the one show she would watch with me my entire childhood.

My prayers to you and your family, and I hope to hear of your own way to keep Mammaw's memory alive.
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Re: My leave of absence: or, RIP "Mammaw" (1921-2014)
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2014, 10:19:25 PM »
Thank you all for your kind words and support. My family and I are still grieving, but it's slowly becoming easier.

Oh, and keep my cousin in your thoughts and prayers: the day after my grandmother passed away, his dog died. :(
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Re: My leave of absence: or, RIP "Mammaw" (1921-2014)
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2014, 10:28:24 PM »
Man, that is just plain unlucky. It sucks equally losing both family members AND pets. :(

Your cousin is in my thoughts and prayers. I feel way too sorry for you. :(