Mima, as she would be known to family and friends alike, had been declining in health for the last year or two. At 93 years of age, she took pride in being the family's matriarch. A mother of 3 daughters and 1 son, she helped raise her 8 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. She lived long enough to meet her 16th great-grandchild, born just 6 weeks ago.
I met Mima shortly after I started dating my husband, and for the last 22 years, I grew to love her as much as I had my own grandparents.
|Me and Mima in 2006|
|Hubby and Mima in 2005|
She passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones.
|My daughter and Mima in 2005|
|The kids with Mima and Pipo in 2006|
|My son and Mima in 2007|
I can't thank enough every person who was there for us, and especially there for my mother-in-law and her sisters this week. Thank you for the food, washing dishes, bringing old photos and sending flowers and cards. Thank you mostly for your presence.
Thank you also to my friends who texted and messaged me, and especially for our friends who came by to pay their respects. It means so much to know you care.
Mima, siempre estarás en nuestros corazones. Te quiere mucho tu nieta, Yvette.