Monday, December 7, 2009

A tribute to Grandma Stum

My Grandma Stum passed away on December 4th due to old age. She was nearly 93. The photo was taken at her 90th birthday party.

She's always been in good health. I will always remember this about her. Her water aerobics classes, "green" drinks, whole wheat anything, hiking, etc always kept her strong. My grandfather passed away 9 years ago this month and now they can finally be together again. I am grateful for the Plan of Salvation that gives me the comfort and knowledge of this principle. I know that I will see them both again.

My grandparents served 2 missions to Africa, paving way for the priesthood there. My grandmother generously let Tyler and I live her in basement for the first two years of our marriage. She was ready to let us live there again with two children but this summer she decided, due to slowing mental and physical health, that she needed to move to a more assisted living situation. That was just a few short months ago.

She is an example to me of righteousness, perseverance, charity, love and kindness. She had 5 children, 28 grandchildren, and too many great-grand children to count. I am grateful I was able to be with her in her angelic state a few days before her passing. She had snow white hair, fair skin and a smile on her face.

Goodbye Grandma! I know you are loving where you are now and I know the hosts of angels that greeted you are grateful for your lifelong service!