Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Estella Toby Jipson Eaton

This is my great-grandmother on her 100th birthday this past April.  A few days later there was a huge party with a couple hundred members of her family.  She had a brand new dress for the occassion and seemed to have a good time despite being overwhelmed.  Just a few short hours ago, this lovely lady passed away.  I don't know the details but she was 100 so I don't think it's that difficult to figure out.  

I don't have much more I want to say at the moment.  I'm still processing everything.  I will say that I'm glad I got back to Maine for her birthday party as I won't be able to afford the flight back for the funeral.  Anyway, it's probably better to remember her as she was last April 15th.

Funeral arrangements are in progress but she won't actually be buried until spring.  There will be another service at that time and my goal will be to fly out to Maine for that.

Apparently she knew her time was about up as, on New Years, she told one of the relatives that she wasn't going to need the TV anymore.  She lost a son a few years ago and her sister about a month ago and it was just getting harder for her.  It was her time.


Gadzooks64 said...

How awesome that you were with her when it counted!

Sorry you can't make it back out there.

peacecorn said...

I'm so sorry, April.

muhctim said...

Wow, that is quite a statement that she had so many loved ones and family there for her 100th birthday. what a wonderful memory for you all to be able to share. She was obviously well loved and I know you all will miss her. I am very sorry for your loss.

Wwonka said...

Sorry for your loss.

donkeypuncher said...

Sorry for your loss, April.

joxum (Denmark) said...


Just happened by. I'm sorry for your loss.

My own grandad died on the 9th. He made it to 91 and a half. We bury him tomorrow.