Farewell to Annie-Bananie: Sept. 3, 1912-July 29, 2013

This is Grandma the way I remember her, on the porch swing by her and Grandpa's backyard pond.

Grandma the way I remember her, on the porch swing with Grandpa overlooking the backyard pond.

We knew Grandma Annie-Bananie was leaving us; it was just a question of when. She had yet another stroke late last week, and this one left her pretty much unable to move at all. When I sat with her on Sunday afternoon and held her hand she moved her fingers a little, but though her eyes were open, I couldn’t tell if she heard me or not.

Then yesterday afternoon her breathing got really labored, and her pulse went way up as her blood pressure dropped.

“Gma really bad now,” Dad texted. A few minutes later, she was gone.

I’ve written a lot about Grandma in the 2 1/2 years I’ve been doing this blog. Below are some posts in which she’s mentioned, along with some photos.

Annie-Bananie at her 100th birthday party with brother Sylvan, who's now 99.

Annie-Bananie at her 100th birthday party with brother Sylvan, who’s now 99.

June 3, 2011: “Lunchtime reflections at the hospital”

Aug. 21, 2011 — “A Kitty Cat for Annie-Bananie”

Sept. 4, 2011: “Earning, then Spurning, a Double Dose of Cake”

Feb. 14, 2012 — “How People Ate in the Old Days: Annie-Bananie” 

April 3, 2012: “The 90 Club takes a hit”

April 17, 2012: “Growing up on a Midwestern Sugar Plantation”

Sept. 4, 2012: “Annie-Bananie turns 100”

Dec. 11, 2012: “A Christmas Party with Built-In Restraint”

May 9, 2013: “Riding 23 miles in search of cheap tortillas”

May 28, 2013: “The Long Slow Goodbye”

June 25, 2013 — “Now that’s mental toughness.”

This picture from the 2012 Isch family Christmas party is one of my favorites.

This picture from the 2012 Isch family Christmas party is one of my favorites.

These two lovely ladies were both born in '12 -- Annie-Bananie in 1912 and Kyla in 2012.

These two lovely ladies were both born in ’12 — Annie-Bananie in 1912 and Kyla in 2012.

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2 Responses to Farewell to Annie-Bananie: Sept. 3, 1912-July 29, 2013

  1. Mark Skertic says:

    Tanya – Condolences to you, Bob and the rest of your family. The stories you’ve shared about your grandma make it clear she was quite a lady. It boggles the mind when you think about how much history she was around to witness.

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