Monday, March 05, 2007

Happy Birthday, Grandma

Today is my Grandma Gallagher's 102nd birthday. She has been gone a long time now, but I still think about her often. I have bittersweet memories of her. She was not very active in my life growing up, but she did have an impact. And of all of my relatives, I physically resemble her the most.

Last night as I was reflecting on her life, I was remembering back to when she tried to teach me to tat. I never did get the hang of it. She used to make lots of doilies and edgings. I still have a few of her creations, including a pillow case I embroidered and she tatted an edging onto. I also inherited her shuttles. I may yet try again.

So, I thought I would Google her name and just see what I could find. Up popped a photo of her headstone! Now this probably doesn't seem like a big deal, but it was to me. It seems that a genealogy group has taken photos of all of the gravestones in many of the cemeteries in Texas and posted the photos online. I had no idea. So instead of finding any photos or articles of her life, I found the marker of her passing.

Grandma raised her family (including my dad) in Texas and New Mexico, then moved up here to the Northwest to be near us after my grandfather died in 1964. In 1969 she married again (to Wilson Heasley) and continued to live in Vancouver until she died in 1985. Her body was transported back to the small town in Texas to be buried next to my grandfather. Since I have never been to Texas, I haven't seen their grave sites.

At first, it bothered me a little to unwittingly stumble across her headstone in such a public forum. But as I really considered it, I'm pleased to see it. I'm glad to know where it is and that someone is watching after it. And this surprise has helped me to really honor her memory today.

Happy Birthday, you and miss you!


lisabeth said...

Who knew you might find something like that in google? Happy Birthday from me as well!

crissy said...

sigh thanks for the memories thought about my mom when i was reading this posted a photo of her and my grandpa on line. my son acutally ran into one of the relitives from ireland but couldnt talk because he was in some sort of meeting while in the navy and to talk would have been out of the question so the person talked about my grandpa and my son sat there helpless yelling in his head i am his great grandson! not able to say a word. the person took off right after ward and all contact was lost. each year at this time i post a photo of grandpa on line somewhere never know maybe someday someone in the family in ireland will google him and locate us again :)