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In Memorium

RangerLady23
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Feb 2 2013, 9:06pm


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On January 18th, 2013 my beloved Grandma, Molly Dell Smith, joined her extensive family in Heaven at the age of 87.
She was more than just a Grandma, more than just a teacher and mentor, she was my sounding board, my confidant and my rock. She taught me so many things from cooking her famous flour bowl biscuits and delicious peanut butter fudge to passing on her love of embroidery and her ability to make the perfect stitch.
I now love to embroidery and have a natural knack for it given to me by her.
She said almost up to the day she passed that I had surpassed her in making beautiful stitches and it truly is a compliment because hers were gorgeous.

She was born in 1925 in a tiny little house outside of Williams, Arizona, had one brother, Mac, who was three years her younger and she was brought up knowing how to ride, ranch and truly live. She taught herself how to play guitar, crochet and yodel. She loved the Western way of life but even more she loved her family and held them dearer than any material goods she had or could ever possess.
Molly loved to dance and missed it dearly after developing Arthritis in her 60's and she regretted that she never got the chance to show me the dances she loved as a young cowgirl.

Gran rode many horses during her ranching years, but her true favorite and hands-down best mount was a cowhorse named Snip. He would go all day and never tire, was spirited but never mean and would do anything you asked him to.
He was a true gem and she loved him dearly. it broke her heart the day he died. I believe when we lose something we love, be it a family pet, a horse, a loved one or even a coveted treasure, that we leave a big part of ourselves behind and Granny lost a big part of herself the day they laid her horse in the ground.
She lost her mother when she was just 45, her father a few years later and her brother died unexpectedly at 54. She was 57 and now left alone out of their tight knit group of four.

She loved being a grandmother to me and my two older cousins and was thrilled the day she became a "Great" back in 1995 to a healthy baby boy.
For all my 23 years she was either sharing a house with my mother and I or just across the family owned place living with my oldest cousin and I never had one day, not one day that I did not see or touch or talk to her and I think that is the hardest part.

Of all the things she taught me, I think I value her reading to me every night before I could for myself and as a result I was reading very well by the time I entered 1st grade.
Gran loved books. Any kind of books. If it had a cover, pages and she had access to it, she would read it.
Westerns, fantasy, classics, she loved them all and would devour them in short order. That's why it was such a shock to her to lose nearly all her sight to Macular Degeneration and she missed holding and feeling and reading her beloved books.

She and I could talk for hours about any subject and she especially enjoyed listening to my conversations about LotR and she loved hearing all the details from the Special Features that I would tell her about and she regretted not being able to watch them for herself.
Her and I listened to all the soundtracks together and she thought they were all beautiful.
She was lucky enough to read LotR and The Hobbit before she lost all her sight and listened to them twice more on audio.
Gran loved them even though she never understood them to the level that I and other Ringers do.

She was amazed at my poetry and it brought tears to her eyes each time I would read a new one. She wanted nothing more than to see me become a published poet and be recognized for my work.
She told me once, to my embarrassment, that in all her years of loving cowboy poetry, she now liked mine better. A compliment to be sure since the art does have many greats, past and present.
She never turned away a chance to watch the trilogy or listen to me discuss it and that's because my dear Granny was the type of person that even if it was soo not her cup of tea, if you liked it, she liked it for you.
Nothing negative about my interests ever escaped her lips.

There will never be another like my Gran, I will miss her voice, her touch, her caring, her lessons, but most of all I will miss her.
Her light has now gone from the world and I only hope I can continue her legacy if only in some small way.

Heart I love you Granny and I will see you soon.


"And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed on into the West..."--from the Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Heart Molly Dell Smith 2-4-1925 to 1-18-2013 Heart

Subject User Time
In Memorium RangerLady23 Send a private message to RangerLady23 Feb 2 2013, 9:06pm
    Wow, what a special lady. Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Feb 2 2013, 9:36pm
    Really sorry to hear of your loss Nienna Send a private message to Nienna Feb 2 2013, 9:43pm
    Sending you strength Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 2 2013, 10:02pm
    A heartfelt thank-you: by RingerLady23 (reposted to cosolidate two threads) Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Feb 2 2013, 10:19pm
    That was a heartfelt out-pouring of the heart young lady. silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Feb 2 2013, 11:38pm
    What a beautiful tribute. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Feb 3 2013, 1:38am
    What a blessing dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 3 2013, 3:00am
    Thank you for this, RangerLady BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Feb 3 2013, 6:16am
    So sorry for your loss! sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Feb 3 2013, 11:40am
    a beautiful legacy to have Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Feb 3 2013, 12:52pm
    What lovely memories zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 4 2013, 6:38am
    A lovely tribute... Owain Send a private message to Owain Feb 4 2013, 7:57pm
    A lovely tribute to an amazing lady Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Feb 4 2013, 9:50pm

 
 
 

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