Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Grandma Georgia Etta Close

My Grandma Georgia went to be with Jesus on September 23rd.  She was an inspiration to our family and will always be remembered.  She left a legacy of family and I'll always remember her as a mary in a world of marthas.  Perfection was not her hallmark, nor her goal, but she loved her family and friends more than anything in this world.  She spent countless hours in conversation with those she loved.  She always told me "there's nothing better than a fresh baby" from the moment she knew I was pregnant with Grady.  She encouraged me to cherish the moments of their younger years saying it's wonderful when you are their whole world.  Lucy Etta was named after her and we pray her legacy of family first will be passed down through our family as well.  We were blessed to know you Grandma and can't wait to see you in heaven again someday.  Until then, give Jesus, Grandpa, Chuck, and Jerry a big hug for us and enjoy the party.  We love you.

Here's the obituary my dad and Uncle Tom wrote:

Georgia Etta Close, 90, passed very peacefully from this world Friday evening, September 23, 2011, at her home on the Clarks Fork River, after a wonderful day planned by God with very special friends in Cody, Wyoming.   She is now in the eternal presence of Jesus, her Lord and Savior in heaven.  Georgia was the salt of earth and a true Wyoming Pioneer Lady.  To her family, she was a daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, Grandma and Great-Grandma.
Georgia was born July 13, 1921, in Deaver, Wyoming the first of nine children born to George E. Frame and Beulah M. Campbell Frame.  She married Harold N. Close December 12, 1942, in Billings, Montana.  Georgia and Harold raised seven children on the banks of Paint Creek and Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. Georgia was preceded in death by Harold, the sunshine of her life for 42 years in 1984; and her sons Charles (Chuck) Close and Jerald (Jerry) Close. Georgia attended school in Kane and Deaver and graduated, valedictorian, from high school in Lovell, Wyoming.  She received her teaching degree from the University of Wyoming.  Her first teaching job was at Marquette III rural school at the Bert Black sawmills camp on Carter Mountain on the South Fork near Cody, Wyoming.  The camp was close to Castle Rock near what is called Sawmill Park.  When the school was closed she then taught at the Paint Creek rural school south of the Clarks Fork River. It was while teaching at the Paint Creek School that she met and married Harold Close.  Georgia and Harold had six sons, Charles, Jerald, Glen, Barton, Roy, Thomas and one daughter Tamie. Georgia spent her life as a loving caregiver, caring for Tamie until June of this year.  
She is survived by daughter-in-laws Virginia (Chuck's wife), of Fresno, California, Bonnie (Jerry's wife) of Walla Walla, Washington,  son, Glen (Dana) of Eatonville, Washington, Bart of Frenchtown, Montana, Roy (Ronda) of Billings, Montana, Tom (Norma) of Powell, Wyoming, and Tamie of Cody, Wyoming.  
Georgia is also survived by 15 grand-children, Becky King, Gretchen (Paul) McCauley, Elizabeth Close, Jennie Close, Jerry (Lianon), Chris (Pam) Nash , Josh (May) Close, Natalie Close, Heidi (Brad) Lane, Adam Close, Megan (Bryan) Kreitzberg, Ryan Close, Chad (Sandra) Close, Amber (Pat) Olp, and Adriane Close, 16 great grand-children, and her sister-in-laws:  Marjorie (Elmer), Glory (Glen), and Pat (Charlie); brothers Ralph (Peggy) Frame, Tom (Evelyn) Frame, Hugh (Sylvia) Frame, Dave (Cheryl) Frame, and Warren (Glenda) Frame.

Grady's Birthday

We were in Montana for Grady's birthday by chance since it was right after my Grandma's funeral.  We went o Chuckee Cheese with the entire family...literally about 15 people following the kids around to different rides and eating pizza.  Grady loved it...he insisted on having everyone ride the horsey ride with him.  Uncle Ry Ry enjoyed it the most :)

Nana made a yummy peanut butter chocolate ice cream pie for Grady's birthday.

On our way back to Colorado we stopped at Sanford's Pub in Casper for a fun lunch.  The kids enjoyed all the fun dinosaurs in the parking lot and getting a reprieve from the road and carseats.

Steamboat Springs - a getaway

After the kids birthday party, Bryan's mom watched the kids for a few days so we could get out of dodge for awhile sans kids.  We went to Steamboat Springs, which I can now say is tied with Breckenridge for my favorite Colorado Mountain town.  It's beautiful!  The weather was amazing and it was so peaceful.  The Yampa River runs through town, and our first day there we ate lunch at a yummy little grill right on the river.  We hiked, strolled around town and consumed delicious food.  It was a great, relaxing trip.  Thanks for watching the kids Gramma Gale ;)

Two Birthdays, One Hoppin' Cowboy Party!

We had a oh-so-fun western shindig birthday for the kids this year.  Grady was REALLY into birthdays this year.  He was pretty sure his birthday lasted an entire month, from Lucy's until his own.  It sure seemed like a birthday month at our house.

The kids had lots of fun panning for "gold," decorating cookies, trying out pin the tail on the donkey (they weren't quite ready for this one), and making their own birthday ice cream sundaes.  It was fun to see Grady get into the activities and entertain his friends.  We are pretty blessed by these two cuties!  

Here's the invitation (names/addresses are changed for my etsy shop/privacy)

Thomas the Train

In early September, we took Grady to see Thomas the Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum.  A life-size Thomas the train pulled us around the track.  Grady was pretty impressed by that.  The also had a full-size model train of several Thomas characters, lots of toy trains to play with, story time, a tattoo booth, train arts & crafts and music time.  The museum was impressive, there were several antique rail cars and lots of history to discover.  Grady had so much fun seeing Thomas come to life.  Prior to this we'd only read books and played with Thomas on Grady's train set.  

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