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A Tribute to Nana

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Last night Nana (Dave’s Grandmother) died. The end of her life was overshadowed by dementia, much of her personality and many memories were stolen from her by the disease. Many things remained: chief among them her love of her children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

We have many fond memories of Nana.

Nana loved to knit. Dave received many hand knitted garments from her. Both Sam, Rachel and Noah were all given beautiful hand knitted jumpers. These were passed on and even Ruth had one or 2 of them.

Dave remembers Nan’s love of hospitality. You couldn’t visit Nan without eating something. I used to visit Nan on a Wednesday every two or three weeks- at lunch time – and Nan would always get her purse and say, “Go get us a big feed of fish and chips”. One of the first signs that Nan was not well was that she used to try and pay me twice or (she would have been horrified) would forget to pay me at all. I was certainly happy to buy lunch for Nan but if she had remembered she would have “demanded” I accept her money – and wear a jumper, no matter how hot the Summer lest I get a cold, and be home “early” even if I did have to work. Sam remembers Mum’s (Tarnya’s) valiant efforts to defend her plate against multiple helpings.  Jonathan remembers having icecream and custard for desert.

Nan lived with us for about three years after Poppa (her husband), died when her dementia was in its earlier stages. She read to our children. She took time to listen to their stories.  Her delight on Saturday mornings, was a trip to a local cafe, with one or 2 of our children to indulge them in cream buns or ice cream.

In the evening, she would sometimes read the Bible. On one occasion she asked Tarnya if she ever read it, “He is wonderful” she said as she reflected on something from the gospels. She couldn’t always find the words but Jesus was very dear to her.


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March 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm

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  1. Our condolences to you all,she was a lovely lady, we enjoyed her company on many occasions at family gatherings.

    Grandi and Gramps

    March 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm

  2. thinking of you all… I have nice memories of your Nan too – I mostly think of her smiles and the way she would come up and hold my arm and offer some words of encouragement to me…


    March 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

  3. Beautiful, David. In that photo, you can still see that cheeky sparkle in her eyes. So sad to see her go the way she did. Lord have mercy. May her memory be eternal.

    Auntry Linda and Uncle John

    March 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

  4. I have a little plaque about Grandma, it reads…..
    A grandmother is a special woman, full of warmth, kindness, love and laughter. She overlooks our faults, encourages our dreams, and praises our every success. A grandmother has the wisdom of a teacher, the sincerity of a true friend, and the tenderness of a mother. I am sure this is how your beloved grandmother, and great grandmother to the kids, was. Thinking of you all, and lifting you up in prayer.

    Juliette Urquhart

    March 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

  5. I experienced her love and hospitality many times. Also I remember her sense of humor. She was quick to laugh. She also was quite a story teller. I enjoyed so much her accounts of being young and on the back of a motorcycle with her boyfriend. (Later on her husband.)

    Russell Carle

    March 18, 2010 at 1:42 am

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