Destiny Ever After

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In Memory of the Great Grandma Betty
As previously mentioned, I would not be able to be in Cape Town, or have had any of my wonderful travels if it were not for the endless love and support of my family. This post in particular will focus on the most impactful family member I could ever have wished for as a little zygote. Sadly after 87 amazing and loving years, my great-grandmother (yes ‘great’, we Powers’ live forever) has ended her journey on Earth. I will be as eternally grateful for her in my life, as much as I will cherish my last memory with her.

Betty Powers was an extraordinary human being. She was an amazing grandmother to my dad and uncle, and was a phenomenal, spoiling, get-out-of-jail-free-card, super-bestest thing that ever happened to Tyler and I. Never did a full week of our childhood pass that she was not helping out our parents by either coming down to Indianapolis, or better yet, carting us up to Muncie. She would take us to once again travel the great tunnels and ball pits of Escapades, while later showering us with the finest toys K-mart could sell. We would go to Mac’s in the mornings, eat buttered ham salad sandwiches for dinner, have at least ten fundgesicles for a “snack”, and the proceed to eat whatever our hearts desired for supper; which I’m pretty sure was candy. Although she would try and trick us into going to bed at 8:30, we would make it for another hour before we retired to bed, and then ridiculous storytelling.

Although Grandma Betty would spoil us often, she was truly one of the most impactful adults in my life. My parents, aunts and uncles, teachers, and most other adults served wonderful purposes in my life; but there’s just nothing that can come close to the true and unadulterated love of a grandparent. She taught us to never hate; be it people, food, and especially a sibling. She taught us to always be loving towards others, to be kind, and to be grateful for what you have; which was easy, because with grandma you have everything.

I will always be grateful for having grandma Betty in my life for 22 (and a half) blessed years. Never again will I have someone be so absolutely loving towards me, but I can give that to others, and I know that is what she would have wanted. My last memories of her were from a week ago when I was reminding her that I was leaving for Africa. Although she mentioned numerous times, “What are you going to do there? I just can’t feature someone going to Africa.”, she was still quite excited for me. My last moments with her were happy, loving, gracious for the health she had, and complaint-free, which is what we should all probably strive more towards. At times we may refuse to admit it, but we all have so many good things going for us.

I will truly miss Grandma Betty, but I know she is on to bigger and better things, lending her warm heart to our other loved ones that are no longer with us. And I know that just because she is not physically here, does not mean that she cannot still be with us.

P.S. I’d be willing to hit PAUSE on the vegetarian train if someone could ship like a pound of ham salad and fudgesicles to me so that I could be sad, while also comforting myself. Real thoughts and pictures of Cape Town to come, it’s been great so far. Don’t worry about me, there are lots of snotty hugs and kisses waiting for me in the morning.

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This was great honey. Grandma Betty loved you two so completely and I was always so grateful for that. You were very, very lucky to have her and I know she felt the same.

She did spoil you rotten, lol. Don't forget that she was willing to let you have Play-Doh, which I was not. That alone, is worth a gold star.

RIP Grandma Betty, you were a wonderful woman. <3

Missing Grandma Betty In Michigan, too!

So eloquent Destiny! I would ship you fudgesicles and ham salad (along with Grandma's "famous" dip) in a heartbeat if I thought it would last! She was such a special lady and mothered not only her son, but her grandsons, and her great-grandchildren. We are all so lucky to have had her in our lives, and we will miss her greatly!

Desi Lynn, My thoughts & love are w/you especially today & days to come. Allow your memories to help you out! Betty was a grand lady to be admired by all! You summed her up so very completely, and then some--We all love her and she will be missed BUT never forgotten. Take care of yourself and by the way, Aunt Wendy makes some really good dip!
Love & Hugs Always, Nana

It stinks being away from family when stuff like this happens. Luckily you have your 'partner' and the feeling of making a difference in the world. You and Tyler were the light of her life and she was very proud of you both. For good reason!

Talk about spoiling, I lived with her for 2 1/2 years. I only remember eating ham salad, pan fried burgers and goulash. I never complained since she prepared the meals, made the bed, did my laundry and gave me gas money. I moved into the fraternity house from there. Over the next 3 years she showed up once a week for my dirty laundry and brought it back the same day with two bags of groceries and homemade brownies. She was my favorite person in the world!

By the way, whatever happened to all of those toys she bought us at KMart? The closet in the spare bedroom had the same toys in it for 30 years.

Your number 1 cousin!

I am so sorry for your loss I know how much u love her. But she will always be with you, your memories will keep her alive. Your a strong good person and I wish more people were like you. You are doing anything and everything you want to its so amazing I wish I could of grown up 2 be like you lol. I miss you so much and I cannot wait to hear more about what your doin. I really do wish I could send you some chocolate or something girl needs her chocolate. I love you destiny!!

Oh Honey. I am so very very very very sorry you lost your greatest grandma. I know from what you wrote that she loved you very very very very much. You must have made her very happy.

If you are ever in Bloomington, let me know and I will get you some ham salad and fudge sicles. :)

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