On January 5th, my great-great Aunt Grace passed away. She was 100! The last time I saw her was at my cousin's wedding in October 2014. Here she is with me, her brother Warren, my mom and my kids:
She was my grandmother's aunt and sister to my great-grandfather who I blogged about here.
I was named after her. (Mary Grace)
And she is the one who planted the seed for my love of cards, stickers & sending love in the mail.
Every year I would check my mailbox the week before my birthday because she always sent me a card. I always got excited because that card was an indicator that my birthday was really coming! The envelope had stickers on it and was festive plus there was money in that card. Nowadays, I really love stickers and love to decorate envelopes too - passing it on! I remember how it felt to see that envelope! Definitely a happy memory to think about.
(I might still have my childhood sticker book. And I might still have stickers she sent me.)
|I am sentimental about SOME things! #packrat|
The other thing that was great about Grace is that she'd take the time to write a note in her cards, often writing on the back. I always appreciated the extra time she took to do that. I want to share one here for anyone who knew her... she mentions her brother, and her husband Stan in this note who passed away years prior. She had no kids. (Marlene is my grandmother who will be 80 next month.)
I have moved a lot and got rid of many cards and notes but did save these two. I suspect they were the last she sent me. Above was a birthday card. In 2010, I had my third child and sent her a birth announcement. She replied and told me about moving into the assisted living facility where she lived til her last day. I love that she played the piano and seemed so grateful for her care!
I left my hometown when I was 15 and was never really close to Grace but I just love who she was and always wished I spent more time with her. She was thoughtful, kindhearted and oh so chatty! I'm so glad that I was able to receive a little piece of her generosity through her cards. And I love that we share the love of them and writing notes.
She lived life well to the end. She will be missed. Here is her obituary from the Telegraph Journal: