Arthur - Jun 6, 2019
I'm so very sorry for your loss. But may the words of Jesus Christ be able to help ease the pain of losing her in death. We find him here in John 5:28,29 speaking to us all about a time when he will resurrect her back AMD all others who have died back to life again and then all of them will be able to live forever on this earth, as the Bible promises us in Psalm 37:29 which says:The righteous will possess the earth and they will live forever on it. So may these words bring an everlasting feeling of comfort till the next time each of you will be able to welcome her back into your arms again and to hold her AMD cherish her forever, so go to JW.org to find the many other promises of Jehovah God thru Jesus Christ and His Heavenly Kingdom rule in the hands of Jesus Christ.
Michael - Jun 5, 2019
These are the words that come to my mind when I think of the life of Alma Cahill, my Grandma.
Alma was a constant in all of our lives.
For many of us, Grandma has always lived at 8710 Monsanto Drive. The only owner of that home, Alma and Charles Cahill purchased that home in ——— and it has remained largely unchanged. There, they raised their family. Grandpa working at GE and Grandma handling the home front. In that same home, they hosted family gatherings as their children had children. Some of us returned to 8710 for short periods of transition or while homes were under construction. I had my first paying job there--no, I’m not referring to the Easter egg hunt controversy--I mean cutting the grass for an amazing $20. Austin eventually took over; I think he got a raise.
When I think of Grandma at home, I remember a great selection of pop in the basement refrigerator. Metal toy trucks and real gravel on the basement floor; a huge selection of games; watching The Price is Right; and candy dishes in the living room. Since grandpa passed in 1990, she’d be sitting in the blue chair and she’d hear you coming up the ramp. Looking in the window, you’d see her standing up and headed to open the side door.
On Halloween, Grandma would make Halloween costumes and hand out nickels. She didn’t believe in cost of living increases. It was constantly a nickel, year after year. Pretty sweet in 1985, not so much in 2005.
Alma was fair, to all of us.
As I have grown up and experienced more relationships, it has become more evident to me just how fair Grandma was. Just like every Christmas, each of the grandkids would get a handmade ornament and $500 in cash; she had no favorites...Oh wait--my bad. It was only $100. Relax...relax...she gave us all the same gift. In addition to being fair, I really can’t recall her not being supportive, of anyone. Her love was fair and constant. If she didn’t like something, she kept her opinions to herself and prioritized the relationship. Grandma was also always willing to go out for lunch, I’m sure many of you had lunch with her over the years, and to be fair, she probably paid every time.
Finally, when I think of Alma, I think of her as faithful. She was faithful Catholic woman who loved God and was disciplined to her faith, the Pope, and praying the Rosary. I rejoice at the thought of her now in Heaven, saved by the blood of Christ. I’m sure she has prayed faithfully for all of us. This faith was evident in how she cared for us over the years. Knitting afghans was her love language, and she sure knitted many, even knitting unconsciously in her final days. Her faithfulness also extended to her family, best demonstrated in her care for Grandpa as he struggled through years of Alzheimer's. After only a few months of care at the nursing home, she decided she could care for him at home. And that’s exactly what she did; for many years, through falls and memory loss, but she was determined to be faithful to her husband. Following grandpa’s passing, she returned to traveling again, living at home alone for almost 3 decades. She played cards and chair volleyball at the senior center, knitted, read, and baked. No family gathering would be complete without something baked by grandma; I’m thinking sugar cookies and pies.
Grandma was living history: She experienced the Great Depression, maintained the home front during World War II when her husband joined to the Army, and watched the moon landing of Apollo 11. She experienced the the Big Red Machine, the fall of the Berlin wall, and the attacks on the towers of the World Trade Center. Think about how much the world changed during her 96 years: highways, air travel, the Internet, and iPhones. Her lifetime spanned 17 Presidents and every season that Marvin Lewis failed to win a playoff game.
Through it all, Alma remained constant, fair, and faithful.