S: Grandma Lorrie
BC: March 9, 1948 ~ June 21, 2011
FC: Grandma Lorrie
1: Once upon a time, there was a very special person named Grandma Lorrie.
2: Grandma Lorrie was born on a farm outside of Hartford. She had very happy memories of living on the farm. She gathered eggs from the chickens, mowed the lawn, did dishes, helped her mom plant and tend the garden, and fed the baby chickens in the spring. She also had alot of fun on the farm. There was always something to do! When Grandma was a little girl, she loved to take her dolls and dishes and go pretend and use her imagination to play. She loved to play outside!
4: When Grandma was a young girl, she began taking piano lessons. She learned how to play the piano, the organ, and the autoharp. She played the organ at church for 35 years! She played for weddings and other events too! Everyone loved to hear her play. She also taught piano lessons to many kids, including your Mommy and all of your Aunts!
5: Grandma also liked to sing. She sang with Grandpa Bob, her family, and the choir at church, though most often she accompanied the choir on the piano or organ. She loved many different kinds of music, but her favorites were gospel, country & western and Elvis!
7: Grandma Lorrie and Grandpa Bob were very happy together and they loved each other very much!
8: Grandma Lorrie loved her family very much! She enjoyed spending the day with her daughters. They would go to tea rooms, shopping, out to eat and visit, laugh and have fun. They all enjoyed spending time together! | Perry Tea Room ~ 2003
9: Me & Mom | Grandma fixed everyone's hair for church. She is playing the organ. | Grandma made these matching dresses. | I Love you!
10: Grandpa Bob and Grandma Lorrie went on many adventures together. Some were short trips, close to home and others were long trips. They took the whole family (including both sets of Grandparents) to the Grand Canyon in 1983. In 1995, they went to Graceland, which is Elvis' home. Grandma Lorrie loved that! And in 1999 -"the Big One," as Grandma called it. Grandpa Bob took Grandma Lorrie to Alaska to see some of the places he had been when he lived there as a young man. Grandma said it was more fascinating than words can describe - beautiful mountains, wildlife (like bears & moose) and crystal clear water. They also saw the old cabin Grandpa Bob had lived in. It was quite a trip! They went back to Alaska in 2005. Sometimes their adventure was just a long ride through the country to watch the farmers in the field, to try to see a deer, check the river, or stop in and visit some friends.
11: like the movie "Titanic"
12: Rylee is by the table
13: In January 2010, the whole family went to Branson, Missouri. We stayed in a big house together. It was so much fun!!
14: Grandmas are Moms With lots of frosting! | Rylee
15: Grandkids! | Grandma Lorrie had so much fun with her grandkids! She always had a hug and kiss for them and taught them to say "I Love You" in sign language. She played games, had tea parties, and she especially loved Christmas with the family! | Colin
16: From the time Grandma Lorrie was very young, she loved God and Jesus. She read her bible and had a stong faith. She went to church and Sunday School and she said her prayers every night. She passed this strong belief on to her family. While she was the organist, Grandma and her family went to church almost every Sunday. It was very important to Grandma. She loved the hymns sung during church, listening to the sermons, and the fellowship with her church family. She taught us to always pray, "Thy will by done."
17: Grandma's body started changing and it got harder for her to walk, so she used a cane. Then she sat in a wheelchair. She needed more help from Grandpa and her family.
18: Grandma often sat at the end of the table in her wheelchair. Rylee liked to sit on Grandma's lap and go for rides in the wheelchair with her. Colin sat on the table and leaned up against Grandma so she could talk to him and give him kisses!
19: Grandma holding Rylee | Colin | Rylee
20: Grandma Lorrie continued to enjoy family gatherings, brunch on Sundays after church, visiting with friends, reading, listening to music, being outside, and going places. She was happy and always greeted people with a smile!
23: Then one day, it was time for Grandma Lorrie to leave us. Her body died and her spirit went to Heaven. We were all very sad because we missed her so much. We had a memorial service at the church. People sent flowers to make the church pretty. A lot of Grandma's family and friends came so they could remember her and spend time with her family.
24: But, we are not sad all the time. We have wonderful, happy memories of Grandma Lorrie and we know that she loved us very much. And we loved her very much ~ we always will! We will keep talking about her, thinking about everything we did together with her, remembering what we learned from her, and we will be able to smile and be happy!