Mildred Marion Abitz Gallagher Butler
September 9, 1922-October 15, 2011
Because of the time difference, I didn't hear of my grandmother's death until the day after. But just that night the boys and I were talking about her and looking at her picture.
In an email to my Dad, I remembered my grandmother. But the one thing that I didn't include was her greatest accomplishment. My Dad. He is the best father and grandfather and I love and admire him so much.
Here are some thoughts from the email:
Grandma used to take us to A&S for our birthday to get new clothes. She would pick me up in her powder blue car (the one I smashed in 1986) and we would look at clothes and try things on and I would come home, very excited and feeling very special.
She always had lots of Juicy Fruit in her bag and she let us go in and take what we wanted.
Sometimes Tricia and I would sleep over at her house. Once I remember I got to go by myself. Grandma and I ate ice cream and watched "The Boy in The Plastic Bubble".
Tricia and I used to go up in her room and go into her scarf drawer. She had millions! We had so much fun playing with them.
When I had a tick in my head in 3rd grade, Grandma picked me up and took me to the Dr. to have it removed.
Tricia and I went to visit her and JB in Florida in High School and we had a lot of laughs between us, and Grandma and JB were very nice, and took us out to dinner every night.
And when I was staying at the White's while Brian was born & Tricia was having her tonsils out, I was upset and didn't want to stay there anymore. I snuck home after school and started really crying. She hugged me for a long time, and said that I could stay at home. Grandpa was there too.
I know that she loved us a lot, and I am glad that she is at peace.