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From: lendube
Date: 01-29-2007, 09:07 PM (1 of 14)
What a life and it ended with the way we'd hope everyone's would.

My grandmother Helena Paulina died PST at about 1:00 this morning. She lived in Holland as do all of my relatives since my parents immigrated just a short 9 months before my birth.

She would have been 98 on St. Patty's Day and died in clear mind, no pain and not fearing death.

Way to go, Oma!

Lennie :love:
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 01-29-2007, 09:12 PM (2 of 14)
how wonderful she lived so long !!! [[[ ]]]
(not feeling sorry for you...cause I bet she was a great you are !!! )

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From: Magot
Date: 01-29-2007, 10:06 PM (3 of 14)
I am glad she had an easy passing, Lennie. My Great uncle Fred died at 92 and like your Grandma was fit and active untill just the last bit. There is something fitting about a life well lived coming to a close.:love: to you.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: Jeke
Date: 01-29-2007, 10:42 PM (4 of 14)
What a beautiful way to live life and feel no pain in death. I felt the same about my grandma and even my own dad.
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From: daff55odil
Date: 01-30-2007, 04:32 PM (5 of 14)
Celebrate her life Lendube, she would have liked that

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From: esrun3
Date: 01-30-2007, 05:18 PM (6 of 14)
Glad to hear your Grandmother lived a full and rich life. A fitting end it seems. I agree, celebrate her life-I have a feeling that's what she would want.
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From: Bama
Date: 01-30-2007, 06:09 PM (7 of 14)
Sounds like she had a nice life. We should all be so lucky to pass that way. :bluesmile
My DH's great aunt turned 100 on Dec. 12th. She always said she had no plans of leaving here until she was at least 100 years old. She made it. :up: She's a spunky (but sweet sweet) old lady. :wink:
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From: lendube
Date: 01-30-2007, 09:39 PM (8 of 14)
Thanks everyone! I meant to say more but was interrupted in writing my post.

She did have a great life. She was the youngest of 15 children, married happily for 62 years to a sweet and good man and always had a smile on her face and a song to sing. She raised 3 wonderful daughters (my mom being the eldest), had 13 grandchildren (me being the eldest) and numerous great-grandchildren (my dd being the eldest). :bg:

She was on her own when she fell taking out the trash about 6 weeks ago. She broke her hip and as so often happens, that led to surgery, being bed ridden and accumulating liquid in her lungs. She quickly went downhill from there.

I have her picture here in my sewing/computer room and I smile when I look at it. I haven't cried. What more could a person possibly want for themselves or anyone they love??? :nc:

thanks again, Lennie :bluewink:
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From: pretnichols
Date: 01-30-2007, 11:04 PM (9 of 14)
Lennie, you have a very positive outlook on it, which I'm sure she would have been happy to know about. My own grandmother died at 97, but had been failing for some time before that. While it was a relief to know that she was in a better place, and no longer suffering, it was still a big adjustment.

I can only wish that I too can go "out" that way. We can only hope t wish to live that long, accomplish much, and touch lives in the way that your grandmother did.

Wherever she is, I'm sure she's smiling down on you!:angel:

So little time, sew much to do...........
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From: PaulineG
Date: 01-31-2007, 03:58 AM (10 of 14)
I can only echo the thoughts of those before. It sounds like she had a wonderful life and we should all be so lucky as she.

No doubt she will join other loved ones wherever it is we go from here and in turn (may it be a long, long time) will be joined one day by those she has left behind.

Love to you and your family Lennie.
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From: Brenisback
Date: 01-31-2007, 04:04 AM (11 of 14)
I feel the same as Peggy...I'm sure she is smiling down on you ...and the rest of your family...She sounds like a great Lady. :angel:

People come into your life ...for a Reason a Season or a Lifetime.
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From: Patty22
Date: 02-01-2007, 09:08 PM (12 of 14)

Wow...What an amazing woman!

When I smell cucumbers I can't help think of my g-gma. I never really knew my gma's and my g'gma was the one who took their place. She loved to garden and would plant all kinds of flowers in her vegetable garden (I didn't realize at a young age she understood companion gardening.)

Lennie, one day when you least expect it, you will be flooded with memories of your gma triggered by a smell or a song. It will just fill you up with such love that although she may not be here physically she will never be gone from your heart.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 02-01-2007, 09:27 PM (13 of 14)
I've never known what it is to have a big family. (parents were only children and I only knew my one set of grandparents...nows theres just my sister and I...I don't count my husbands family...they treat me well, but it's not the same) sounds like you don't need to cry and why would you...we usually only cry when we're sad, but you haven't anything to be sad about. Yes shes gone...but not really..I bet she watches over you all the time..
All those kids....heavens she has a lot of traveling to do.
Good thing angels have wings.... [[[ ]]]

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From: lendube
Date: 02-02-2007, 12:29 PM (14 of 14)
Thanks, everyone. These posts are very touching.

The smells, Patty, you are so right. They are so powerful. I can think of two immediately that I have always associated with my grandmother.

I do regret that I didn't get to know her better than I did. We've lived on the west coast since I was born and she's always been in Holland. We traveled there every two years while I was growing up and she and my grandfather came to visit us 12 times (!). I just found that out yesterday while visiting with my Mom.

The last time I saw my grandmother was in '97, I think. She and my aunt came to visit my Mom for 3 weeks. She was 88 y/o and still winning every card game we played!

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