Sunday, May 22, 2011

Remembering my Grandma in pictures



Cheerful contagious smile,
Blue eyes sparkling,
Skin soft and paper thin,
Love spills out.

~Sandy S.

I am dedicating this post to my Grandma Connie and a life well lived.  She was a great snuggler and dropped me a fair amount of goodies.  Sometimes when I was bad I ate her entire dinner and mom had to go make another.  I loved my Grandma and I miss her.

        Grandma and her mama, 1924, Faulkton, South Dakota.

          The entire school, GM is in the middle of the back row.

                            GM Connie and her mom Maggie

           GM (left) and one of her girlfriends in their late teens.

              My mom loves this photo of GM.  She is so pretty!

    Bet there are pin curls under that wrap! he he

GM Connie met GP Bill during WWII, fell in love and married when the war ended.  A very handsome couple!

             The next day he told her "Were moving to Alaska!"

              Connie's first Christmas in Anchorage, AK 1946

                                Becoming a real Alaskan Gal!


Connie visiting her mom in California. She is carrying my mom in her belly!  Yup! She is pregnant!

          My mom and my Grandma and Pixie the dog, 1958.

                               Fast forward 10 years...1968

                                 and another six years...1972

                     welcome to the 80's                                                                                Mom and Grandma

Pay close attention to this one George, two Welsh Terriers!  Grandma and Grandpa in 1986. I never got to meet my Grandpa. He passed in 1999 at the age of 86.  Once again, my mama was at his side when he passed over.

Grandpa love to hunt ducks, all his dogs were duck dogs.  He coulda made me into a duck dog too!  Mom says he had a way with dogs.

    GM turns 82!

GM moved in with my mama and dad  in 2004.  Here she is with her niece Bev.

                                              Christmas 2008

              Grandma Connie's 89th Birthday,  July 2009                                       She is still a beauty!

                     And guess what she got for her birthday???
That's right...me!  She had one of her kidneys removed in June because it had a cancerous tumor in it.  Mom said she made a triumphant recovery.  Just look at her after only a month.  She is one tough lady.

So you may have seen the rest of the photos here on my blog.

                        New Years Eve 2009    Me and my Grammy

                                            Mother's Day 2010

   June 2010                                Grandma lovin'

   July 2010        GM at age 90.                                                                         She can still party with the best of us!

                           February 2011

Grandma Connie passed over two months after this picture was taken April 5th 2011.  I will always love and remember my Grandma.  She was kind, loving, happy and always lit up the room with her smiles and her sparkling blue eyes.  I miss you Grandma!



How can I begin to express,
The love that exists,
From a daughter for her mother,
Life created thus.

Fed and nurtured,
Bettered and feathered,
Like a little nest.
Grown is the hatching,
Gone is the mother,
Memories like a broken shell,
Are all that remain.

~Sandy S.



  1. She was lovely! Those photos dating so far back are wonderful! What a lovely post, and way to cherish her memory. I can tell she was truly loved, and your so right, she had the most beautiful blue eyes! Hugs!

  2. Great photos, what a beautiful gal!! Oh, that tiny little waist in her teen years!! And a smile to remember....Thanks for sharing the pictures :)

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  3. I love it and her! She was a beauty and such a happee grandmaw
    Benny & Lily

  4. Ryker your Grandma was a beautiful lady. I know you miss her terribly. This post is a wonderful tribute to her and you can come back any time you want to look at all of her pictures. It will always make you feel closer to her.
    Thank you for sharing her with us.

    Emma Rose

    PS Give your Mama a big hug from me ok?

  5. Your grandma sure was a beautiful lady, inside and out! The love she had for her family shows in the pictures. You are lucky you got to know such a great lady, and I'll bet your mom got a lot of those same wonderful qualities from her, too! Tell your mom we are thinking of you guys!


  6. what a beautiful tribute. Mom lost her grandma (my great-grandmaw!) just last year, so your post made her eyes leak a bit...

    Its a joy to see how much she was loved throughout her life. Thank you for sharing.

    wags, wiggles & slobbers

  7. Sandy, what a lovely bunch of photos of your mom!
    A real tribute to her, she looked to be a wonderful person. I really enjoyed looking at them. Take care, Karen.

  8. What a wonderful tribute to your fabulous Grandma :)

    Magical memories. So special.

    Waggin at ya,

  9. Ryker, your grandma was a beauty and her smiles were so warm and lovely. It was a wonderful tribute to your grandma and those pictures are gorgeous and priceless.
    Thanks for sharing your fond memories of your grandma with us, she's a wonderful lady and your mom is sweet and kind too.

  10. Thank you, Sandy. Those pictures brought a smile to my face along with a few tears. Your mom was a beautiful lady who lived a wonderful life!


  11. That was a beautiful tribute to your Grandma, Ryker. She lived a long and happy life. It was wonderful that you could be a part of it!

  12. Oh Ryker that is such a beautiful tribute to your Grandma she was indeed a special lady, you are so lucky to have photos that go back so far. I was surprised to see they had two WT's wow, not sure mom would let me be a duck dog!!!
    Thanks for sharing this post even thou moms eyes were watering at the end
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

  13. Beautiful photos and wonderful memories... I'm smiling through the tears. More hugs to you, my friends.

  14. What a lovely lady :-)

    Thank you for sharing the pictures with us.

  15. Ryker, this post made my mom a bit teary eyed. We know how much you miss your Grandma. We lost our Grandpa 2 years ago and the pain is still awful. Thank you so much for sharing these photos. I love the older photos and watching her. She had beautiful eyes and a very beautiful smile. You can tell she was a beautiful person. (hugs)


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