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.

1 comment:

Amy K said...

Sounds like a wonderful legacy. Looking forward to meeting her someday!

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