Monday, May 23, 2011

Rest in Peace, Grandma

Hey everybody,

When I was little, I thought my Grandma (Billie Gideon) was the one who put the bibles in all the hotel rooms all over the world. That might sound silly, but not if you knew my grandma. She worked for a church and was always a good Christian.

Last night, my grandma died after injuries she received from the tornado destruction in Joplin.

Grandma was always so sweet and caring. I have a few memories that really stick out that show her generosity. One of the most vivid memories was when our family was hurting financially and she came over and wrote my mom a check for $250. That amount might sound small to you, but I know that it was a fortune to my grandma, who lived without having a lot for most of her life.

When I was in 2nd grade, we had to move out of our house and into my grandma's house. I remember my grandma telling me that she received a letter from my school that I was to be tested to be in the gifted program, and how it made her light up.

One of the proudest moments in my life was seeing my grandma's face when she heard I was featured in Popular Photography magazine.

My brother and I often reminisce about the time we lived at Grandma's house because we would always get paid (a mere) 25 cents to rub our grandma's feet. Silly, I know. But maybe that's where I learned some fundamental business ideas: charge for your time, and do your best when performing a service for others. We'd always take our hard-earned money to the candy shop a few blocks away from my grandma's house and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

From what I know of grandmas in general, they're mostly known for their yummy cooking. Such is the case here... pork chops and sweet tea have a special place in my heart, and the cheesebread she made at Thankgsgiving was already legendary.

Grandma's life, from my perspective, was a difficult life. God doesn't guarantee that following Him will ever be easy, though. And grandma dealt with trials and tribulations with grace. She led her life by serving others, and I know that Jesus loves her for that. Grandma's health had been getting worse and worse over the past couple years, and her memory had been fading. I take great comfort in knowing that the Lord was ready to heal her.

Maybe she'll rub his feet. :)

Grandma with Ellie in 2005...



Thanks for reading,
Dale

29 comments:

  1. Dale, I'm so sorry for your family's loss of what sounds like a very extraordinary woman. Your post was touching and I'm thankful that you can remember the joy she brought your life instead of focusing more on the loss... we will remember your family and ask for it's strength in our prayers.

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  2. Saying a prayer for you all. I'm so sorry for your loss :(

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  3. Dale, grandma's have a way of being in our hearts, even when they aren't with us on earth. Your grandmother sounds really special, and I know she will be watching over you forever more. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
    Tracee

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  4. What a beautiful post! I know your grandma is looking down on us right now and she would be very proud of you! She is just singing and dancing up there! We are continually praying for your strength, and everyone who was affected in Joplin by the tornados. Love you guys!

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  5. Sounds as if she touched your life in only the way a grandmother can... Sorry to hear of her passing, but rest assured that God has a special place for her! Prayers go out to you and your family...

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  6. Beautifully said Dale! God Bless you and your family.

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  7. A beautiful tribute to your Grandmother. It definitely sounds like she was an amazing woman and very much loved by you and your family. I am sure she will continue watching over you and being proud of you always.

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  8. Dale,
    Such a special post. Just one more reason I am so lucky and blessed to have you in our family - you have such a tender, loving heart.

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  9. Dale, I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandmother... Prayers go out to you and your family!

    Hugs -Tiffany

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  10. What a great picture of your grandmother. Know that Seth and I are praying for your family today. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Dale, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your Grandmother! She sounds like an amazing woman, and it's such a blessing to have fond memories of her! I went to school in Joplin for a couple of years, and I'm just heartbroken to hear the stories and see the photos. I'm definitely praying!

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  12. Beautifully said, Dale. I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. In widespread destruction we often become numb to the news reports of so many lives lost. Thank you for letting us get to know your grandmother through this post. She sounds like a beautiful lady. Our thoughts are with you guys.

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  13. So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for your family during this difficult time.

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  14. That was a beautiful. I am so sorry for your loss, you have wonderful memory's of your Grandmother. Praying the Lord sends comfort to you and your family and all the people in Joplin. You are in our prayers!!!

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  15. My heart breaks for you and your family. We're sending prayers yall's way. It's such a helpless feeling to want to help when we are so close. We will be praying for you all.

    We're planning on making a trip up there to the MSSC to drop off donations in the next few days.

    'Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

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  16. Beautiful post to a woman that was so deserving...

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  17. Dale, I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your grandma with us through your wonderful post. She sounded like she was quite the lady! My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  18. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful and amazing grandmother. My prayers go out to you, your family and for Joplin, Mo.

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  19. Wow, an amazing story of an amazing woman. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God brings your family healing for this loss. Sounds like she spent her life doing God's work which she will be richly rewarded for heaven. I hope that you all find peace and rest over the next several weeks to come. Very touching story.

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  20. So sorry for your loss Dale. Love you.

    -Marissa

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  21. When I saw this picture on another website, I was struck by what a beautiful person your grandmother was in the picture. I was shocked to discover that she was your grandmother when I opened your blog today. From your description, I can see that my instinct was right. May your memories comfort you each day. So sorry for your loss.

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  22. Grandmas Rock!!! Although I know you must miss her so much....what a comfort to you and your family knowing she is with Jesus, with no more hurt and no more pain....only laughter and joy! Thank you so much for sharing her story with us Dale!!!

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  23. What a beautiful photo and tribute to your Grandmother. I am so heartbroken for your family right now but I know your Grandmother will always live on in your hearts. The Roses (and Jewells!) love you and are praying for you all!

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  24. What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother, Dale.

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  25. Dale, What a beautiful testimony of a beautiful woman! What a blessing to have had someone so special in your life.

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  26. what beautiful words, Dale. I am glad she is at peace with the Lord and yes, I imagine she will rub His feet! :)

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  27. Dale, My heartfelt condolences are with you. It isn't wonderful, though, that you can have hope in Christ and know that she truly is in an amazing place...

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  28. Dale, in the midst of the devastation, that's a beautiful testimony. How great for you grandma that she gets to be with Jesus

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  29. I'm so sorry for your loss, and so thankful they were able to find her so all could get closure. May she rest in peace.

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