8.21.2013

A Tribute to Grandmother

 Floy Marie Crowe Pinson
Born January 28, 1928 Died August 12, 2013
Brandon's Grandmother passed away around midnight on August 12 after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
She had a wonderful homecoming according to Brandon's Aunt Joy who had spent all day Sunday with her.
After weeks of trying to get her to go and get her nails done, she finally complied and selected a shade of hot pink that she probably would have never chosen in her right mind.
It was a precious.
She talked all afternoon about "going home" and prayed fervently for the Lord to take her.
She was very restless and seemed a little afraid, but after Joy read 4 chapters of a Max Lucado book to her about the 23rd Psalm, she announced that "it wouldn't be long."
Before she went to bed she told Grandad she loved him, which none of us have ever really heard them say to one another even thought they were very much in love.
They were from a different generation.
She told Joy she loved her and what she meant to her.
She was tucked into bed and when she said her prayers she thanked God for all the blessings in her life.
A few hours later, Doris, the nighttime help, was awakened by the silence.
Doris would sleep in the same room with Grandmother.
She got up to check her and though her body and chest were still warm there was no breath, no heartbeat.
I cry just recounting that because it reminds us just how powerful a God we serve.
He never forgets about us. He never stops pursuing us. He comforts us and hears our cries.
Grandad has had a hard time letting go of her, as one could imagine. 
They would have been married 70 years in December. 70 years. 
They are the only love each other has ever really known.
They survived the Depression, service in the military, running a farm, raising a family and a lifetime of service to others.

Grandmother waited until her last child was in school before she started college. 
She graduated from North Georgia College and State University, then commuted to Athens and earned her Master's Degree from the University of Georgia.
She then taught middle school science for 25+ years and retired. 
She taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School for 50+ years. 
And she stayed married. 
What a legacy!
It makes me cringe when I see how people in today's society throw in the towel after a few arguments and never do a thing that isn't for selfish gain.
 The Pinson's have a tradition of shooting mistletoe on Christmas Eve every year.
This was one of the last times Grandmother was able to shoot a gun. She was a very good shot, too!
These pictures were taken at the funeral home.
When the family was going through some things they found the treasures below, so Brandon's Uncle Kelly took them and had them framed to display at the funeral home. 
What a special tribute to their love!
I know one thing, when your grandparents and parents stay married "for better or for worse" it makes you even more accountable in your own marriage. 
All of my own grandparents and parents have been divorced and remarried, unfortunately, but I am so thankful that Brandon's family has set such a fine example for a lasting marriage. 
I admire all of his grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles as they have held on to their commitments to one another. 
I intend to do the same.
The sweetest thing about the funeral was being together as a family unit. 
We spent some real quality time together and it was a blessing. 
Brandon's brother, Russell, was able to fly home from Vancouver, and his cousin Cameron, a missionary, was able to fly home as well. 
It isn't very often that we all get to be together, so it was special. 
These are all of the grandkids:
Brandon, Cameron, Audrey, Jordan and Russell.
The visitation was long, as we estimate around 500 people came.
What a testament to Grandmother's outreach and service to her community!
I was blown away that all of my family members came or sent flowers. 
It's so wonderful to have family to be there for one another. 
The service was absolutely beautiful and I think Grandmother was pleased. 
Flowers were everywhere, which was so fitting because she absolutely adored flowers and gardening. 
Even though it was mid-August, the weather was unseasonably cool.
The high was 75 and there was a distinct breeze. It was the perfect day for a funeral if there ever was one.
I was also overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support by friends and coworkers of Brandon's parents and other family member. 
Someone supplied every single meal all week. It was unreal.
It's great to see that Southern hospitality still in action. 
Our clientele was also very supportive, sending cards and flowers. 
Poor Brandon just had to leave the practice without a Vet for an afternoon so that he could make the visitation.
The Lord was good and everything worked out.
After the service we joined together at Joy's for one last meal.
That weekend Brandon's parents came down to our house, along with Russell, Joy and Grandad.
Believe it or not, Grandad spent the night at our house!
He is 90 years old and hasn't spent the night away from home in about 15 years.
He was such a trooper all weekend and we were so blessed by their company.
I know Grandmother will have so much to teach me when I get to heaven someday.
She was a talented seamstress, quilter, gardener, cook and servant.
I will try with everything in me to pass on her legacy and give our future children an accurate glimpse of what she was like.
This was one of the songs sang at her service. It was a truly perfect song for her. 
Thank You - Words and Music by Ray Boltz
I dreamed I went to heaven And you were there with me We walked upon the streets of gold Beside the crystal sea We heard the angels singing Then someone called your name You turned and saw this young man And he was smiling as he came
And he said, Friend You may not know me now And then he said, But wait You used to teach my Sunday School When I was only eight And every week you would say a prayer Before the class would start And one day when you said that prayer I asked Jesus in my heart
CHORUS: Thank you for giving to the Lord I am a life that was changed Thank you for giving to the Lord I am so glad you gave
Then another man stood before you And said remember the time A missionary came to your church And his pictures made you cry You didn't have much money But you gave it anyway Jesus took the gift you gave And that's why I am here today
CHORUS
One by one they came Far as the eye could see Each life somehow touched By your generosity Little things that you had done Sacrifices made Unnoticed on the earth In heaven now proclaimed
And I know up in heaven You're not supposed to cry But I am almost sure There were tears in your eyes As Jesus took your hand And you stood before the Lord He said, My child look around you Great is your reward
CHORUS (repeat)
I am so glad you gave

4 comments:

  1. This brought tears to my eyes! What a beautiful tribute to a lovely woman! I hope that my dear grandmother can have a passing as peaceful as this. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. What a beautiful post - thank you for sharing this!

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  3. So sweet.....no words.....
    lmb (So Ga)

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