Monday, April 28, 2014

Mother, Grandmother, Gigi

All of these names refer to Evelyn Grace Darsey Hardeman.  We knew her best as Grandmother or Gigi.  And, early Saturday morning this amazing woman was healed of all of her earthly pain.  She met Jesus face to face.  Oh what a day of rejoicing!
I met Grandmother 12+ years ago and was welcomed into her home immediately.  She treated me as a Granddaughter from day one (as did Granddaddy and Grandmother Mom).  I was so blessed to know and to be loved by all three of these amazing grandparents.  My own grandparents all passed away long before I met Jeremy and these three became my grandparents.  They became the older generation that told stories to me about everything from the years after the Depression, their involvement and contributions in World War Two, life in Atlanta in the middle of the twentieth century, working for Isaksons of Northside Realty, and story after story of my own in-laws, husband, and his brothers.  I was too young to appreciate those type of things from my own grandparents before they died, so I am so glad that I had the chance to experience that generation through these three loving grandparents.

During the week that Granddaddy was hospitalized prior to his death in 2011, I spent a few days with Grandmother to help her around while Ann was spending time at the hospital with Granddaddy.  Though her mind had started to go at that point in that she repeated conversations over and over and often forgot things that had just happened, she still had her long-term memory for the most part and told stories of different people and things that happened throughout her life.  I loved having that time with her.

The one word that I could use to describe her is SERVANT.  Grandmother was a servant to others, to her husband, to her family, to her friends, to strangers, to the Lord.  She loved serving others!  Grandmother was an amazing cook. She used to send everyone home from Thanksgiving with small pound cakes.  They were so good!  She made delicious made-from-scratch dinners and desserts, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas. She was a perfectionist and wanted everything that she did, said, and wore to reflect a Godly Lady.  The preacher at her funeral today said that she was a Lady.  Yes, she was! 

She was a Proverbs 31 Woman.  Proverbs 31: 10-31 describe a woman with attributes that are valuable in a Godly woman.  Grandmother was such an example of these things.  "Her husband has full confidence in her" (vs. 11).  "She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls"  (vs. 15).  "Out of her earnings..." (vs. 16) (Grandmother worked full-time while raising a family).  "She sets about her work vigorously" (vs. 17).  "She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy" (vs. 20).  "She is clothed in fine linen and purple" (vs. 22).  "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come" (vs. 25).  "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness" (vs. 27).  "Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her" (vs. 28).

Grandmother will be missed.  She will always be loved.  And, I will always be grateful to be considered a granddaughter for the last 12 years.  

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