One Special Lady

I’ve written about her before.

She was a looker.

As they say back in Indiana. 😉

I wrote about her in 2008…

She’s the only Grandma I’ve ever known as my mom’s mother passed away when I was just six months old…

…Imogene is funny and spunky and I have always loved spending time with her. To get to spend one-on-one time with her is a sheer delight for me.

She got such a kick out of riding in my bright blue VW bug.

In May of 2007, on my way home from the Black Hole, she was exactly what I needed and it was my honor to take her bra shopping (oh, the funny story of that shopping trip) and then to Gray Brothers for her favorite meal.

The next year, I got to go back and spend more time with her and we had dinner once again at Gray Brothers.

So glad I documented our visit here.

…words cannot describe what it meant to me to get to spend the afternoon with her and take her out to dinner.

I convinced her I could pick her up the next day so she could enjoy another meal with 6 of the 7 Kivett siblings who were all gathering at another local cafeteria.

She simply beamed through the whole meal. She loved them all so much.

In January of 2009 on my long road trip to the frozen Midwest tundra, I was so glad I got to visit again. It was such a gift that there was no ice in Indiana because I was able to take her on a car ride back past the farm and we got to visit with my Uncle Jack and Aunt Peggy at their house.

Treasured memories…I could go on and on.

I saw her for what would be the last time with darling twin Wizzy in July last year.

We brought her butterscotch pie from Gray Brothers and when I showed her the picture of her in front of that blue bug that I carry in my wallet, her face lit up.

Then she winked and giggled, “We had some fun, didn’t we?”

She passed away Saturday morning.

She is being buried this morning after 95 vibrant years on earth.

May she rest in peace knowing how much she was loved.

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One year ago..

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Comments

  1. 1
    Ann says:

    I know how much she meant to you. I’m so sorry for your loss yet so happy for the time you made to spend with her over the years and over the miles. XO

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    Jenn Ross says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this even though this is a sad time for you what wonderful memories you have. Some of my favorite dreams are of my grandparents and the fun we had..how I miss them.

    I will be thinking of you and sending prayers and maybe one day many years from now our grandchildren will have the same wonderful memories of fun times they had with grandma!!!
    Sending love!!
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    Melinda says:

    My deepest condolences, Sherra. Know you will miss her very much but so glad you have so many great memories. Rest in peace, Imogene..

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    Melodi says:

    95 years! Amazing. My grandmother passed at 93 – we are so lucky to have had them for so long! You probably remember my Schatze! You will cherish your memories forever – mine has been gone for almost 10 years now, but lives forever in my thoughts and heart. Thanks for the post – it reminds me how important it is to make time for the ones we love and care about – we never know what tomorrow has in store for us! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

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    Sally says:

    One thing I will always remember about Imogene was how much pride she took in looking beautiful. All the way up to her death. She had such great clothes and she always had scarves, jewelry and other accessories to match. And her hair was cover girl perfect. She will be missed. Thanks for bringing up such great memories with your post.

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    cousin Dee says:

    Although I was 9 when grandma passed away, Grandma Imogene was really the only Grandma I remember too. I cannot imagine how scary it must have been marrying into such a large family. It never seemed to bother her, and I always felt loved very much by her. I remember her best as always being dressed “to the nines”, make up, snazzy jewelry and going-to -church clothes. And oh my, could she cook. Can you imagine cooking for that number of people like she did every Christmas? There were great memories made at those gatherings. When I look at that picture of her with the step children, it only makes me sad, first Dad, then Uncle Jack and now Imogene. We have been so blessed with long living relatives…………

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    cousin Dee says:

    God bless every single one of them—I hope they all know how much they are treasured and loved. Dee

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    Terry says:

    Hey Sherra, sorry to hear about your Grandma, all I can think right now is how lucky you were to have a relationship for quite a long time with your Grandma. I never had that. Thats why I make sure Hannah does get to have a relationship with both her Grandmothers. Take care

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    Peggy says:

    Sorry Sherra. Thinking of you all.

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    julieann says:

    What a dear lady and a beautiful relationship. How wonderful it will be to see her again on those streets of gold. Hopefully God has placed your mansions closer together than IN and GA—I believe He’s pretty good with logistics.

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    Linda says:

    Sherra,
    Thank you for the wonderful words about Imogene. They helped me to grieve not only for a remarkable woman, but also for Dad and Uncle Bob. I really needed a good cry.