Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Joyce Lavonne Evans Nielsen (Hone)

Since this blog is the only "journal" I keep, I wanted to note that my paternal grandmother, Joyce Nielsen, passed away last Wednesday evening.  By my Uncle Doug's account, she went peacefully in her sleep.  For that, I am grateful.
Without giving a formal eulogy here, I just wanted to say how much I'll miss her.
She was unapologetically herself and would tell you like it was.  She was honest, kind, humble, and (again) the the very best example of acceptance and unconditional love I ever expect to encounter.
It was a bittersweet weekend as Kenny and I travelled up to Utah to attend the viewing and funeral. I was so happy to be able to see so much family and to join them in honoring her and remembering her life. The services were beautiful.

It was said numerous times during the funeral how happy we were that she found Glayde Hone and had such a wonderful friend and companion these last few years.  To say he has been a blessing in all of our lives is a huge understatement.
I love you, Grandma.  
(Give Grandpa a hug for me. And maybe say hello to my future kids.)

10 comments:

Elise said...

Sorry for your loss. I'm happy that you got to see her a few weeks ago. Each member of your family I have met is really amazing and I'm sure she was too.

ruth said...
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ruth said...

Sorry. It's weird when a grandparent dies. Happy/sad. She seemed like a great lady.

Nielsen's Training Systems said...

She was a wonderful person and mother. She will be truely missed. I know she was proud of you. I'm glad you had a chance to see her before she passed.

Ryel j said...

I'm sorry to hear of your great loss. But I'm so glad that she went peacefully and is in Heaven. The way that you have talked about your Grandma on your blog makes me feel as though I know a little bit about her. I can see where your humor comes from. And you have been a blessing to me!

Westover Family said...

What a wonderful woman that I had the privledge of knowing for a short time. She will truely be missed. Thanks for posting such awesome pictures of her!

Jessica Peterson said...

I am sorry Jill.

Amy said...

I am so sorry about your grandmother. Losing a grandparent is so hard. Hope your doing ok.

Reader peter and Camillie kay said...

im so sorry to hear about your grandma. she looks like a sweet lady. thats fun you got to go and be with her and see your family. If you need anything let me know.
we love you guys!!!

Erin | Adam said...

What a beautiful woman. Great to know you will see her again. Our condolences to you and your family.