When her daughters were children, she’d put them to bed and stay up to finish sewing projects. Her machine white-noise as they fell asleep. Her love of creating was not for herself. These gifts always went to others. Her family knew her love not just in her embraces but by her constant and selfless gift-giving. Giving and never expecting anything in return. Every family member has something to wrap themselves in now because of her hours of dedicated creative love. She is not with us, but the physical representations of her love will remain.
Some people find family roles work for them well. Sandy knew grandma was where she belonged. Everyone felt her passion for being a grandma. Giving to and loving kids were her skills and profound joy. Those of us blessed to be in her rays of light felt her warmth. When leaving for an outing with us, we would be greeted with genuine smiles from nurses and aids. They loved saying hello and getting some of her warmth too.
Dogs were one of Grandma’s great joys as well. On the last visit from our yellow lab, Charlie, she kept saying how dogs are love and such a blessing to us all. They were beautiful and loving creatures that provided her with many stories to tell her grandkids. We adored hearing her talk about her dachshund Penny and the adventures they’d had.
She found ways to bring her love to her family even when she wasn’t feeling well. She thought of her family even when she probably should have thought of herself. She selflessly was generous even when she had little to give anymore. There are many gifts we, as her family, will keep. The greatest we received was her genuine example of selfless love and generosity.
Grandma Sandy is loved deeply by her two daughters Kathy and Lori, and their husbands Bob and Dave. Her grandchildren are Ryan, Alex, Morgan, and Ian. Her great-grandbabies, given by Alex and Ali, are Carter, Matthew, and Emerson. She will be loved by her family the most. Though she will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.