This past Sunday my 96 year old granny passed away. She was still remarkably healthy for her age, so her death was unexpected. She lived alone and was able to take care of herself, which was amazing considering she would have been 97 years old on the 8th of this month. She lived next door to my parents and my dad took her newspaper to her every morning. Last Sunday, he found her laying across her bed. We are so thankful that she passed peacefully. She was such an amazing woman. She was smart, funny, and known for being spunky! She played such an important role in my life. I lived next door to her all of my childhood. I had a bicycle trail beaten through the field to her house. I remember spending many hours playing dominoes, shelling peas, fishing, or just talking with her. I will always cherish the memories I have of her and I'm so thankful that my boys were able to know her and spend so much time with her...I just wish she would still be here to meet our daughter someday. Her family was so important to her. My dad was an only child and he only had my brother and I, so we are a small family. We all live within 7 miles of each other, so we are together constantly. It is going to be so hard not having her here. Just last night we sat down to eat at my parent's house and it was difficult seeing her place at the table with her not there. She taught us a lot...how to laugh, love, and live for the Lord. We are really going to miss her.