All 4 of my sisters boarded a plane this last Thursday with out our spouses or any children WA bound. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the vacation we had planned for winter break even though it ended up being exactly what we all hoped to feel while we were here. My sweet Grandma Laura Mae passed away on December 23rd surrounded by many of those she loved including her husband of 63 years, my Grandpa Gwynn Louis. She suffered from Alzheimer’s for the last 12 years and passed sweetly in her sleep. Her and my grandpa lived across the street from me my entire life. I was/am very close with my grandparents, and remarkably, most of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren can say the same.
This is a pic of them in front of the Seattle temple where he served as the temple President and she served as the temple matron.
I’m grateful of the knowledge of the Plan of Happiness, that our family will see her again and that she’s in a better place. I know Heaven just got a little sweeter and I know she’s with me now. I’m so grateful that all 6 of my siblings were able to be here and since we have this knowledge we were able to celebrate my Grandma’s life and have a good time doing it. Of course there were many tears shed, but talking about the sweet memories and what a wonderful example Laura Mae was, was exactly what I needed to hear.
The weather reports all week had predicted rain on the day of the funeral. Minutes before it began the sun came out and a beautiful rainbow appeared. It was perfect.
Her and my grandpa had 6 children, 39 grandchildren, and 82 great grandchildren and still counting. She left quite an amazing legacy.
The day after the funeral my brothers both needed to head back to TX but the girls weren’t leaving until Sunday. We headed up to my grandpa’s house to help him take down Christmas and clean the house as Laura Mae would. It was so fun to be there with my mom and sisters and remember Christmas with grandma. My grandpa sat with us after and we were able to say our goodbyes to him before we all left back to UT.
I love you Grandma, I’m so grateful for all the families that helped make her day so special for her and her family.