Arline Hill McLain GRAZIDE

Born 10-7-17 in Duluth, Minnesota and died too soon in Santa Rosa, California at 95 of a broken heart on 12-30-12. She was adopted by Mr and Mrs James J. McLain and raised in Los Angeles and educated in a Catholic Convent. Then in 1936 at age 19 she met Frank "Buster" Grazide, marrying him 2-24-36. Giving birth to Phillip F. A. 7-23-39. She had six other kids but three died at birth. She leaves four kids plus six grand kids; nine great grand kids with maybe one or more great great grand kids but since mom and I were left out of the family loop for the most part the count could be more. Several years ago she found out her great grand dad was James J. Hill a railroad baron with his life history in many libraries. I found these two poems in her bible and I read "I'm Free" to her three hours before she passed on to wait for the return of Jesus Christ to get her new beautiful body before entering the promised land. She told hospital staff she wanted to go home so she could argue with Phillip and ride her power chair to the hair salon and to the grocery store as she loved to talk to all peoples as she had a ton of stories to share. She should have wrote a book on her life. I know others will miss her as much as I do but I was blessed to be able to take care of her after she became legally blind and lost her hearing. We were really a pair as we both were on power chairs. God's love and mercy to all who read this and remembered Arline! "The Time Is Now"- Author Unknown If you are ever going to love me, Love me now., while I can know the sweet and tender feelings which from true affection flow. Love me now while I am living. Do not wait until I'm gone and then have it chiseled in marble. Sweet words on ice-cold stone. If you have tender thoughts of me, Please tell me now. If you wait until I am sleeping, never to awaken, there will be death between us and I won't hear you then. So, if you love me, even a little bit, Let me know it while I am living, so I can treasure it. "I'm Free" Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I'm following the path God laid for me. I took God's hand when I heard the call; I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that place at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me- God wanted me now, God set me free. Phillip F.A. Grazide, 2829 Seneca Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403-3225

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2013