Tuesday, July 10, 2007

In Loving Memory...

Blanche Heimke
July 5, 1924 - July 10, 2007
Sadly, my grandmother passed away this evening. It really is a blessing, as she has had a difficult couple of years after suffering a major stroke in 2005. According to relatives, she died with a smile on her face, which is what we all would have expected from her. She was a beautiful woman who was never without a smile and a laugh and a wonderful positive outlook on life.
I'm not posting this in order to receive comments, etc. I simply wanted to pay tribute to her, in my own way. We love you, Grandma!


Lilli said...

Oh my Goodness! What a lovely woman. How wonderful that she went peacefully. None of us could ask for more.

Wishing you and your family sweet memories and peace :)

erika said...

I am sure she will be missed! So nice that you had such fond memories of her!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful photo. She looks like she would have been a cool person to know and I'm sure she appreciates your moment of reflection. xoxo

Becci Hethcoat said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. I hope my grandchildren say the same things about me some day. She looks like a hoot! Take care of yourself.

Jessica said...

Corey, I'm so sorry for your loss. What a nice tribute this wonderful photo and these beautiful words are. My thoughts will be with you and your family during this time.

Tricia Scott said...

corey, i can tell from looking at the photo of this beautiful vibrant-eyed woman that she lived her life to the fullest. i bet you have the most wonderful memories of time spent with her but still i am so very sorry for your loss.

A bird in the hand said...

You look like her!

She is beautiful, and at peace, although I know you miss her. xoxo

Jamie said...

Corey, I am so very sorry for the passing of your Gramdma. She certainly looks like someone who relished life. I am wishing you gentle days ahead and peace in your heart. Love, Jamie

Anonymous said...

I'm corey's father and Blanche's son. I've never read a blog before. What wonderful comments from wonderful people. Thank you so much.


Cheryl said...

What a gorgeous lady - some people just radiate loveliness and your grandmother definitely radiates that and a wonderful spirit.

Living Wide Open:
Landscapes of the Mind
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

excerpted from...
I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion"
by Dawna Markova


Tara Ross Studios said...

oh so sorry to hear, warm wishes to you and your familiy.

You do look like her!

Holly Stinnett said...

Wishing you and yours all the best... Grandmother's are so special, aren't they? Your's was such a beauty. I'm sure she will be greatly missed.

Take care,

Venice, CA

Judy said...

Wishing you and your family, a long life.

Rosa said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Mary lin said...

Bless you and your family. Grandmothers are very special!

Kelly Kilmer said...

I'm so sorry for your loss

Anonymous said...

Hi Corey,
My mom mentioned that Bobbie Joe (Grandma's niece) had been to your site and seen Grandma's photo and your kind words. It's a perfect picture of Grandma with her smiling face. I can almost hear her laughing. We were truly blessed to have such a free spirit as a grandmother. She was such an inspiration.
What a fabulous artist you are. I've really enjoyed perusing through your site. It all has such a great feel to it.. you should be very proud. And of course, your boys are amazingly adorable. What meaningful keepsakes they will have with such masterful art documenting their lives.
It's really too bad we haven't gotten to know each other better throughout the years. I'd love to be better connected to you and your sisters. Maybe we can somehow make that happen. I'll check back into your blog.
Take Care and wish your family well. Kelly