Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sweet Grandma Viola

I generally keep things pretty light on here but my Grandma Viola recently passed away and she was too sweet of a person not to get a mention. 

Everyone who ever met my Grandma can attest to her sweet and kind nature. There's no doubt in my mind that my grandmother made every person she met feel special. To me, it was a culmination of all the little things she did that made a big impact. Of course she made Christmases and birthdays special like many grandmothers do, but one of my favorite memories about her was her appreciation of smaller holidays. They always meant a bright envelope mailed to my house with a carefully selected Hallmark card with a crisp two dollar bill tucked inside. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July... you name it and I received a card. 

She loved Snickers and Russell Stover Chocolates. 

She would always stop at the Dairy Queen on the drive that seemingly took forever from Abilene, Kansas to my hometown of Topeka. The reality is that the drive was just over an hour. Thankfully, Grandma always offered ice cream to break it up. 

My personal favorite of all her cooking was her fantasic spaghetti and meatballs.

She enjoyed traveling.

She had a great appreciation for the arts.

She was a big sports fan, especially Jayhawk basketball and Kansas City Royals baseball. 

She loved dogs. 

She was a whiz on crossword puzzles (and in her prime could have given Brian a run for his money). 

She put family first. 

Although I never got to meet my grandfather Vic, I know that he must have been a wonderful man because of my Grandma's endless love for him. She kept his picture by her bedside for more than 40 years. If there is one thing that gives me much peace in knowing that Grandma is in a better place (aside from the fact that she lived a healthy 98 years), is that she is now with her true love. 

I love you, Grandma! 


Kelli Long said...

What a beautiful post.

Allison said...

Thanks for all of your support.