Sunday, April 19, 2009

I Will Remember You

On Sunday, April 19 at 10 am, Jun Wol Combs returned home to her father in heaven.

I am so grateful that I could visit with her before she left.

My grandmother didn't look well yesterday, and you could tell that she was in a lot of pain.

But, when we saw her this morning, she looked so peaceful and beautiful...all the suffering was finally over.

We actually arrived at the nursing home just a few minutes after she passed away, and as we walked into the building, the residents were having church services and were all singing "How Great Thou Art."

You could feel the love and the power and the majesty of God...and I am so grateful to know that He is here...and waiting to welcome my grandmother back into His arms.

My grandfather died more than sixty years ago and my grandmother has waited her whole life to be with him again...and at last, that too has happened.

My grandmother was an amazing woman of strength and grace. There wasn't much to her...at 4'10", she was a tiny little thing. And although she was quiet, you didn't want to mistake that for weak. When she wanted something...you'd better come along or get out of the way.

Her daughters were her pride and joy as were her five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She would have done anything for her family.

I feel so lucky to have known her...and blessed that my children knew her too.

23 comments:

Sarah said...

What a sweet post, Denise. I'm sorry about your grandmother, I know you will miss her. But it is so comforting to have the truths of the gospel, to know that she's with her family again. Sweet is the peace the gospel brings!

Brianna said...

I'm glad you were there. I had such a special relationship with my grandma and have always been sad she didn't live long enough to know my children. What a special thing that yours had a chance to know and love her and that you and Katie could be with your family.

My sympathies for your loss, but after 60 years of waiting I am happy that she is with her sweetheart.

Kate said...

Much love and hugs to you Denise, and your family. Thinking of you.
xoxo

onehm said...

Oh Denise, what a legacy of enduring to the end! It sounds like your Grandmother was a treasure.
Hugs to you and your family.

Stacy said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. It is so nice to have the knowledge that we can be together with our family again someday if we live righteously. I am so glad that you were able to be there and see her one last time. xoxo Stacy

alexandra said...

Denise, my heart goes out to you. Sounds like your grandma may have handed down to you just a wee bit of her spunk?

Lara said...

What a sweet tribute to a very special lady and what a happy reunion there must have been after 60 years apart. I am glad that you could be there with her before she passed. My heart goes out to you.

Chelle said...

What an exciting new adventure for your grandmother!

Thinking of you!

Kimber said...

I'm glad your grandmother is no longer suffering, but I'm sure you will miss her. She sounds like an amazing woman.

Puhlman said...

I am so glad you had the opportunity to be there. That is very special. I also find it WONDERFUL that you have more than half of the great grand kids. That rocks.

Know that I am thinking of you this day Denise.

Me said...

I have tears in my eyes Denise. I know that you are someone your grandmother is proud to call her own too!

Emily Merchant said...

So glad you made it to see her. You were so wise and blessed to go when you did and actually get to California in time.

Lots of love to you and your family with her loss. It sounds like she will be missed and welcomed as her life moves on to the next phase.

Mara said...

This was a beautiful post. Our condolences on the loss of your grandmother and we'll be thinking about you guys and keeping you in our prayers.

The Beatty Beehive said...

What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. I am so grateful you were there with her to give her that one final squeeze and "I love you". I didn't get that chance with any of my grandparents or my dad! Isn't it wonderful to know that we can all be together once again in a more wonderful place? Please give our love to your family.

Anonymous said...

Denise,

I was really touched by your post and am so glad you made it in time to see your grandmother. The sad parts of death are truly outweighed by the wonderful knowledge of a 60 year reunion! and the great comfort the gospel brings.

Fiona

Jeff said...

I am sorry to read of your grandmother's passing, but your words offer a lovely tribute to her. She was such a sweet woman who will be missed by those she now leaves behind here. All the best and much strength to everyone at her passing.

Kirsten said...

Denise, I am sorry for your loss, your grandmother sounds like she was one fantastic lady who lived a full life surrounded by wonderful people. Thinking of you.

Jolinda said...

I kept feeling like I should check the blogs that I've been ignoring lately...I think this is why. Lots of love to you at this time. May the Lord bring peace to your hearts. Love you.

Amberlyn said...

I am sorry about your grandmother. I, like so many others, am glad that you were able to be there to see her.
I hope all else goes well!

Ben & Anne said...

Glad you were able to see your grandma before she passed on. What a comfort to have the knowledge of the plan of salvation at a time when we have to depart from loved ones for a time on this earth.

Karen said...

Lots of love and hugs to you.

Paul said...

D - glad to hear you got there safe & sorry to hear about your loss

Floyd Family said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but I'm glad you were able to say goodbye. She sounds like a wonderful woman. Our thoughts are with you.

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