17 January 2013
Remembering Nana Lila
Yesterday we received a dreaded message - a message that we knew one day would come, but couldn't fully prepare ourselves for it. Nana Lila passed away early Monday morning.
Last year, at about this time, we were planning on hosting Nana Lila for another visit in the spring. Then she fell and broke a hip. During surgery, she had a pretty severe stroke. She never really recovered. The visit was postponed and then cancelled when we realized that Lila would not fully recover. Overnight, she went from an active octogenarian to confined to a bed.
Nana Lila was a wonderful great-grandmother. She loved the kids. She loved Iowa basketball. She made a mean rhubarb pie. She loved her grandkids. She was incredibly close to Nate's mom and always kept her memory alive. She had the most amazing clear blue eyes that she passed on to both Benny and Lila.
We'll be traveling to Iowa this weekend to remember Lila. To say that we'll miss her is such an understatement.