She was 82 years old. She passed away on January 15, 2010. I remember my childhood days with her. She was a strict disciplinarian with her grandchildren, but when cajoled, she would melt into compliance.
She had her quirks, like all grandmothers do. But what I liked best about her was that she was always open to trying out new things. She was an open-minded person, and believed that every woman should be self-reliant. Strong-willed as she was, my grandma managed her family business and household work single-handedly. She was a workhorse, and once she set her mind to a task, there was no stopping her.
Grandparents are a true blessing. They are a reflection of our ancestry, a connection to our history. They are the pillars we lean on in times of strife. May God bless my Grandma's soul and may she rest in peace. As a tribute to her, and all other grandmothers who build a protective cocoon around their grandchildren, here are grandparent quotes.