This Thanksgiving as I looked at a figurine with "Count Your Blessings" inscribed on it, I immediately thought of Mom. She often reminded me that even when things look bleak, we should still count our blessings. I miss hearing her tell me that things could always be worse. I miss her voice when she would phone us on the holidays. I miss those final three words she would utter at the end of a phone call, "I love you." I love you, too, Mom--still!
Well, a year later and I miss Mom the same amount, actually a smidge more. So much has happened since her death that I find myself wanting her know! Godd and bad. Mom said that one's life was like a book. You have chapters that are different but still telling the same story. Even if one of the main charcters die, they still live on in memory and other characters relate back to them...Mom would reply to anyone that would be down about something, "well, it is the same story but a different chapter!" So as David and I have Thanksgiving dinner with friends here at our house in Sandwich, (wishing we were at our casa in AZ), we give many thanks to God for a wonderful our wonderful lives. Our loving, fun, non-judgemental family. But most of all I am thankful that God borned me to Mom and to Dad, and into the best family!!! I really miss Mom. Pattio.
I miss mom sooo much. I always thanked her first for hatching me and then putting up with me! We literally shared our lives with each other. It is just so sad that i can not talk to her. We talked a few times a day. Most jsut little stuff. What we each were doing-sometimes the color of our nail polish to what we were going to watch on tv. Mom always asked what was for dinner. Most times she liked what I was making for David. Our joke was that David was coming over to bring her a plate. I have been through the death of loved ones, but the death of mom is so very hard and very sad. It helps when I read stories and thoughts of all of you whom were so lucky to have been touched by Mary. Many thanks to everyone who shares the kids grief of losing their mom. She was the best not only mom, but friend anyone was lucky to have! Pattio
My favorite memories of Aunt Mary include the holiday get-togethers at each of our family's houses. Mom and Aunt Mary would plan for weeks the holiday meal for 4 adults and 7 children! The blessing was said by the host family and I remember her blessings to be very sweet and thoughtful. After the meal we would sometimes play scrabble, crazy eights, go bowling or play ping pong. Putting on a meal was hard work but Mom and Aunt Mary really enjoyed each other's company and visited away their chore. Playing scrabble with Aunt Mary after the dishes were put away, really made my head swim because Jerry combined a second set of letters from another game by removing many easy vowels and substituting harder consonant letters. It was a lot of fun learning how to make new words during those challenging games. The first time I sat down to the “stacked” game I was overwhelmed a bit. I remember Aunt Mary saying that in life we can't always count on things being the same and so it was with the Grimson version of Scrabble.
Another memory was when the Grimson's moved back from New Mexico. As a young teenager I was excited about their move and wasn't provided a perspective of the consequences which brought it about. All of their possessions were loaded into a small UHaul which was pulled by a small compact car – a Comet which had a 100 hp 6 cyllinder motor. Looking back – I never remember Aunt Mary being angry about their dire circumstances. I do remember Aunt Mary saying that anything was possible with prayer. I was glad to have my cousins back in Downers and as the saying goes – it was the best of times and maybe the worst of times – but Aunt Mary's attitude was the difference because I never thought of the times being sour at all. I can't remember Aunt Mary making just one glass of lemon aid – she made a whole world of it!
So many great memories and holiday gatherings were shared with our families. They will live on forever in our hearts. Your Mom lived her life always thinking of others and wishing the best for everyone.
Mary you hold a big place in a little boy's Hart. Bean's forever
Even though all was done medically for Mary who tried valiantly to remain with us and her family...God decided she was to go to him and now her children will always have an angel looking out for them. I will miss talking with Mary on the phone since we lived so far apart but I will always remember Mary and the times we did visit.
I was very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Although it has been a great many years since I last saw her, I remember her well with fondness. God Bless you all.
Although I didn't know Mary very personally, my husband and I were able to meet her several times and then hear wonderful conversations she had with her family & friends through Andy and Kathann. Her love for her family, outlook on life and positive attitude is a wonderful legacy. Mary always asked about my family so she could pray for us...what a blessing she gave us! We will miss her prayers and her loving kindness. Mary is finally home and we thank God for her life.
your mother was a great person.anytime I was at your house we always had a good conversation god bles her and your family.
If there was ever anyone who wanted to listen to another's ups and downs of life, it was Mom. She will be missed by my family--her grandchildren and great grandchildren. I look forward to seeing her again.
Your mother was and is a beautiful woman, that I was blessed to meet.
We as Christian's understand that the separation is only temporary,
May your hearts and minds be consoled with the many years of laughter and memories she brought you and everyone she met.
The sting from mom's passing is still there, albeit it gets easier each & everyday. I feel as if I didn't just lose a mother, but I lost a best friend, teacher, adviser and a great listener all at once. I long to hear her voice again even if it was the way she greeted me on the phone with, "hi Andy, it's just mom". Though I do believe that one day I will hear mom's voice again. Until that day I will replay her voice over & over inside my head and hold onto dearly all of my great memories of mom, especially the memories that made us laugh together. I love you mom!
Thank you Mary for being a friend and always remembering me with a lovely card at Christmas the service at Palm West was beautiful and you Children made you proud Rest in Peace Mary and sing loud and proud in Heaven xoxo Leslee
Mary will have a second memorial service, in Downers Grove, IL, where she grew up and lived for most of her life. It is at Hobson Road Community Church, 2531 Hobson Rd, (630) 968-6146, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to Gospel 4 Kids in Surprise, the Phoenix Rescue Mission, or other charities which support children or those in dire need of help. Mary's Arizona service was lovely, and attended by approximately 50 people. We hope to see you in Downers.
Mary was a dear friend of mine. We had many long talks about life during her nail appointments and we would laugh uncontrolably. She has given me guidance and love. I will miss her. However, she is safe at home with a heavenly father who loves her dearly.
We were so pleased to meet Mary and share with her on the times she visited Jerry in Kenosha. We thank her for having such a kind and thoughtful son. We have missed seeing her in recent years.
On behalf of Mary, feel free to join us for a memorial service honoring her life at 11 a.m. at Palm West Community Church, Sun City West, Arizona, (623) 546 2980. Mom brought joy, happiness and unity into a world that sorely lacks even basic civility. Please honor her impact on your life by sharing your thoughts. Long after her earthly remains vanish, Mary's legacy of peace, humility and honesty will continue to thrive in her survivors, and their survivors after them.