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Snapshot #77: I’ll Miss You, Nan

Posted on: January 14, 2016

My Nanny Hunter died this morning of pneumonia. She’s my last living grandparent. My other grandparents died before I moved to Nebraska.

Nanny and Poppy Hunter were my dad’s parents and lived in Ontario. I didn’t get to see them often, but we kept in touch through letters and phone calls. Also, there were occasional visits. One of those times, Nan taught me how to make chicken and potatoes, beef stew, and a few other recipes. When relatives all got together for a wedding of one of my cousins, Nan and her sisters tried to talk with Andy and me about marriage. Naturally, they were delighted when that eventually happened.

A few years after I moved to Nebraska, I visited Nan during spring break. At that time, she was living in an apartment complex. However, she was struggling to care for herself, and so the hope was for her to move into an assisted-living situation. We sorted through old photos and other memorabilia. A lot got passed on to relatives or discarded. I felt sad to see how much of her past life no longer held importance. Nan and I also talked about how much she wished to remain independent. Yet we realized that maybe that was no longer possible. Perhaps, it was time for others to care for her. Not too long after, Nan did move.

On a couple of my summer trips with Andy to Canada, we drove through Ontario to visit Nan. By this point, she was using a wheelchair and no longer mobile the way she had been. For the couple of hours that Andy and I spent with her, we would play Scrabble. I always felt amazed at how quickly Nan could come up with long words to play.

I’m both sad and happy today. It hurts that I’ll never see Nan again on this earth. At the same time, ever since my pop died, Nan has been ready for heaven. I know Nan is where she wants to be, but I’ll sure miss her.

Many years ago, I wrote an article about my two grandmothers. Here’s the link: Canada–A New Homeland

Today the world is a little emptier. You’ll be forever in my heart, Nan.

14 Responses to "Snapshot #77: I’ll Miss You, Nan"

I’m very sorry for your loss. My last grandparent (well, only…as my other grandparents had either died before I was born or just a few months after my birth) when I was a younger adult and it was a very bittersweet time for me.

My grandfather on my mom’s side died the summer before I moved to the Midwest. A bittersweet time, in that I had my first full-time job but also I had lost a loved one.

I’m so sorry to hear that, I lost a friend today, also, who was in her eighties and had been very ill. Missing them is hard, remembering cherished memories helps and knowing she’ll be at peace now. Virtual Hugs and prayers to you at this difficult time.

Hugs! I’m sorry for your loss. This year, besides my Nan, I also lost a friend too who had been ill.

Not the best start to the new year for us, it is? My prayers are with you for comfort and better times.

Grandparents are so very special.. and I cherish every memory I have of them and every time I visit my grandmom (my mother’s mom who is my last living grandparent), I know I am lucky to be able to spend this time with her..
This post is a very lovely tribute to your grandma..

A special place to me is Manitoulin Island. This is where Poppy and Nanny Hunter held their pastoral ministry. My dad and I visited them once during the summer. I hung out with my cousins, saw farms, took boat rides, and attended camp. A few memories from that time stand out: My friends and I picked berries for so long one day I got a sunstroke. As part of a correspondence writing course, I wrote about the cows and other animals I saw that summer. Near the end of our visit, I saw the Northern Lights with friends.

Sorry to hear you bad news Allison. Your Nan has such a lovely smile, grandparents are special, it’s nice to have such wonderful memories of her.

Nan always liked to smile and stay happy. There are so many more memories I could have shared. She was an important part of my life.

What a lovely remembrance post. How great to have the memories of learning to cook from your grandmother. Take care of yourself at this time — such losses have an impact that isn’t always apparent at first.

I appreciate your comments. This week, I’ve found myself more emotionally unsettled than normal. Sometimes I want to have family and friends around. Other times, I crave the hours of solitude.

Lovely tribute to Nanny Hunter, Allison.

It started out as one paragraph and then the words just flowed. Nan held a special place in my heart.

I’m so sorry for you loss. Grandparents are so very special. I’m so old that my grandparents died in the 70s. I know you will miss her.

Have a blessed day. ☺

Thanks for your condolences. Yes, grandparents are special.

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