Sunday, October 9, 2011

remembering my great grandma

All of our regular routines came to a halt last week when my great grandmother died and we headed to Kansas to gather with our enormous family and pay tribute to her long life. She lived 96 incredible years.

She was born in 1914, the year that the First World War began. She grew up in the same small Kansas town where she died. My great grandmother was married and raised four children during the harrowing years of the Depression. She has so many great - grandchildren I can’t even count, but I never realized that I was one of so many all these years, as special as she made me feel. 

She baked amazing apple pies and loved to paint, sew, travel and spend time with her family.  I’m so glad that Amelie got to meet her great-great grandma last year. Ammy was just a baby, 8 months, and my grandma was so excited to squeeze and kiss Ammy's little chubby feet.

Ammy's Great-Great Grandma Otte, with Amelie and me last year
I’m missing her now and feel so lucky to have loved her all these years.  


  1. My great grandma passed over 20 years ago and now my step grandma is about to 90 years old this year. So, I know what a blessing it is to have your grandma around. Your very lucky you have a picture of your GG with your daughter too - she'll love seeing that picture of the three of you together. =D

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  2. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad she got to see her adorable great great grandbaby! You'll have to pass on her memories by maybe teaching your daughter how to bake apple pies when she gets older.

  3. So, Sorry for your lost! My prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. I don't know anybody that has been able to meet their great-great grandma. I'm sorry for your family's loss but I'm sure there was so much to celebrate about the rich life she lead.