My Grandmother {A Tribute}

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Essie Moore in a blue hatThere are many times when I pay tribute to my family on this blog and today is one of those days.  On February 12, 2014 we lost a very special person, my grandmother, Essie Moore. I just wanted to take a few moments and tell you how special she really is and how blessed I was to have her in my life for 30 years. 

If I had to describe her with one word it would be Sassy! She was the epitome of that word on a daily basis, more than just vigorous and lively; she was distinctively smart and incredibly stylish.  She loved her hats and her gardening (the typical Mississippi southern belle).  She could make a mean cornbread and her greens were a staple at every holiday meal. My grandma was hands down a lover of life, people, and the Lord!
She didn’t let being 76 slow her down in any way! She worked at Hopewell Missionary Baptist church (a few days a week); was a pillar of support for her friends and family; and care taker for grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews alike!  She was busier than I am most days and enjoyed every minute of it (as long as she was able to nap), traveling from Portland to St Thomas, to Jersey and back. An avid sports fan, her teams were the Falcons and the Hawks (a true Atlanta resident supporting the home teams).  She made it a point to celebrate their victories and curse their losses.

She was a kind heart with a low tolerance for bullshit that could swear like a sailor but never make you bat an eye. Her Bishop described her as courageous, but I just called her Grandma. To me she was fearless, authentic, reassuring, and always there when I needed her. They don’t make them like her anymore and my Saturdays are little dimmer now that I won’t be able to visit with her or hug her tight.  
I’m thankful my last words to her were I love you and I’m honored to be a part of her legacy. I’m just so sad my own children will never get to meet her or see that smile in person. My refrigerator will be missing a few of her famous foods but my heart will be full with her spirit. She lives on in me (and my cousins) and I’m going to share her stories and words of wisdom with them every chance I get.  

I love you Grandma Moore (cross your fingers for us and save me some peanut butter cookies)!
 

3 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry for the family's loss and grateful for at least the brief encounter with your grandma. <3

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  2. Thank you. See really enjoyed meeting you guys!

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  3. Stumbled on your blog( I love it!!) and weeping at my loss....our loss. The tribute so poignant, perfect and simply beautiful. She was part of my everyday and no day has been the same since she bid us farewell. In this hour I weep, maybe by noon I can find her smile in a rainbow.

    Reese

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