Grandma Lillian would not have to be solely responsible for Grandpa's care. Coupled with the fact that Grandma was about 5' 1" tall and probably weighed 120 pounds, and the disease was not showing any signs of letting up, it turned out to be a blessing for all involved.
I don't remember Grandpa ever complaining. He kept his sense of humor to the very end. He sometimes would tease Grandma and everyone would enjoy the fact that Grandma was oblivious to the fun poked at her. I always felt that my Dad's outlandish sense of humor was a carbon copy of his dad multiplied by 10. Grandpa always was up on the world news, the latest joke and was very interested in what his six grandchildren were up to. He always had an April Fool's joke or two, loved cole slaw, roast beef and apple pie and listerine. YUP...when I see or smell Listerine...that's my Grandpa Smith.
|April 17, 1971 - Untited Methodist Church - Romeo, MI.|
My marriage was performed by Grandpa Everett. In those days, there weren't video tapes, but I still have the cassette tape of the ceremony and the still photographs with him in the front of the altar in his wheelchair. We were also blessed with him baptizing our son Brad in 1973 in my parents home in Imlay City. There have been so many times when I think of Grandpa and wonder what he would think of our current church issues, progress or lack of and our world in general. Some day, I will get the chance to ask him. I know he will still have the terrific sense of humor, gentle compassion and love of Christ that I feel was so very special about him. He loved his faith and family, accepted the challenges of his life journey and encouraged all he came in contact with to do the same. What a mentor he was to so many people. Thinking of you, Grandpa!!! Love you!!