Pink Tribute

I purchased this dress on a whim, I’m not gonna lie.

No rhyme or reason… bought it for $1.00 

Even though I work the MOST during the holiday season, I still entertain the delusion that I’ll be able to attend parties. I guess that was my mindset when I purchased this…

It was in pretty good shape… Sans those gross Satin ribbon things.

I didn’t notice these “crusties” when I bought it. God only knows what it is… cat hair, perhaps?

Shortly before Halloween, my dad told me I needed to visit my Grandmother. 100 years of plugging away like the Energizer Bunny had finally caught up with her. She was very near death. It’s one of those visits you want to do, but don’t want to do… I wanted to say goodbye and tell her how much I loved her, but I didn’t want to see her in such a pitiful condition.

Grandma and Dad.

Pink was her favorite color 🙂

Apparently, there was a reason I picked this dress after all.

I cut off the Satin Ribbons and removed the bling-y medallion. I also raised the hem 3 inches and finished it with a rolled hem on a Serger.

I finished it in time for Grandma’s Funeral on November 5.

It was a beautiful, sunny day!

Grandma passed away on November 1; All Saints Day. That’s entirely appropriate considering she was a devout Christian woman. There’s no doubt in my mind at all that she’s in Heaven, reunited with Grandpa. I’m very sad she’s gone, but I’m happy she’s out of pain. She’s in a better place and I’ll see her again 🙂

One of the roses from her casket flowers. Pink, of course 🙂

When we were looking through old family photo albums we found this picture of her and grandpa on their wedding day in 1934.

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How handsome/beautiful are they! They look like Bonnie and Clyde or something 🙂

I love this picture so much! I never knew my grandma like this and I wish I had… I only shared the last 33 years of her life with her.

This is the Grandma I’ll remember:

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“Disapproving” of Grandpa pinching her butt for a picture (but still smiling about it).

Or hanging out with us at all our family gatherings in one of her house dresses (I always loved her house dresses!).

My eighth birthday.
My eighth birthday. 1990.

Or getting excited at the birth of yet another grandchild!

With my (now much older) cousins.
With my (now much older) cousins.

Grandma left quite a legacy: 6 children, 33 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, and 29 great-great-grandchildren.

July 2015

I may or may not get to wear this dress to a Holiday party like I had intended, but honestly, I did kind of wear it to a party: a party celebrating the life of an exceptional woman. There were many tears at this “party,” but they were mostly happy 🙂 Honoring her by wearing pink was the very least I could do.

Ruth Irene Smith February 19, 1915 – November 1, 2015


13 thoughts on “Pink Tribute

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Thank you for sharing your family photos and memories. Your grandparents must be very proud of you and your accomplishments 🙂

  2. Your dress is beautiful! I have seen this first hand! Thank you for your beautiful tribute to Grandma. She was very special…and has a very special Granddaughter… I do a daughter! Love you!

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