Last Tuesday afternoon, John and I drove back to Mesa, AZ yet one more time for a family funeral. This one was for my sweet grandma Hancock , whom I posted about two weeks ago. I was so grateful to have been able to be there with my sisters, Julie, Lisa, and Jackie. We've been through a lot these last months, since our mother passed away suddenly in December, two days after my dad's father, Carl J Beecroft, Sr. In January we attended another funeral of my Uncle Roger Baldwin and our great aunt, Jean Taylor passed away in January as well.
I was privileged to enjoy the company of several of my cousins...my Uncle Doug's children whom I had grown up with in Mesa...Kristy, Buffy, Doug, Jr. and David Hancock. Some of their children and spouses were there as well. It was so good to see my mom's brother, Doug and his good wife, Jeanne who had done so much to take care of grandma in her last years. She has suffered from Alzheimer's Disease the last few years, so her passing is a great blessing to her and all who loved her. I enjoyed meeting some of my mother's cousins and some of her aunts and uncles on grandma's side.
My sisters and I and a couple of our cousins, sang "I am a Child of God" at the funeral and I felt honored to be able to speak and give a tribute to grandma. I read some funny things in her own words that I had found in my mother's journal:
"Rita had lots of friends and our home was always full of kids. LOTS of slumber parties (why do they call them slumber?) and she missed very few Friday night dances at the Mezona." "Rita planned on going out one evening (High school days). Her Dad and I were gone before her date was to arrive. Her younger brother, Doug, didn't want her to date this boy, and after we left, he tied her up with ropes and gagged her and left her in a back room and told the young man she wasn't home. She was VERY, VERY mad." "Our children always let us know when they came home nights. Their Dad would ALWAYS ask "what time is it?" We didn't know until years later when they were all home at the same time that Rita came in at "plenty after eleven" instead of "twenty after eleven"!
Fun stories to share. My grandma had such a great sense of humor and was always giggling and had such a contagious laugh. Everyone that spoke said that of her. I also held up a certificate that I'm very thankful for that I found in the things I have inherited from my mom's. It is the sealing certificate of my grandpa and grandma Hancock when they were sealed in the Mesa temple for all eternity on November 22,1972. That means more to me than any other material thing she could have left for us. I was so thankful when she and grandpa could attend my temple wedding in 1975.
Grandma's funeral was held in the Meldrum's Mortuary in Mesa. It was a pleasure to be there to pay honor to such a wonderful woman. I'm grateful to know she is with my grandpa again and with many other loved ones, including my mother.
My next post, hopefully won't be about a funeral! I've had more than my share these last couple months. I'm trying to lift my spirits and look forward to a happy year ahead. I'm thankful for my good husband who has supported me through all my grieving and been by my side through it all.
Here is a 5 generation photo taken in 2001 ......
Ditte with Cozette on left, myself Debi, Kirsten with Audrey
Grandma Hancock and my mother, Rita Beecroft in front.
I have a blessed heritage and wonderful memories of these two great women in my life and now I hope to focus on our future and the wonderful grandchildren coming into our lives.