I’ll Miss You Gamby

January 26, 2008 at 11:23 am (Family)

For my blog followers, this is more for me than for you, so it won’t be very interesting for ya…

Gamby passed away early this morning. After several years of Alzheimer’s, thankfully she went peacefully this morning. Mom got there last night, we think Gamby was holding on to see her one last time. We are relieved that she did not linger on in her deteriorating condition and hope that she is somewhere happy with uncle Jack and all her dogs! I am so glad that I got to speak to her on Wednesday and tell her that I love her, miss her, and that she’s been a wonderful grandmother. Through some gurgling, I got back a very broken ‘I love you too’, but I’m not sure if she even knew who it was that she was talking to. At least she knew it was someone that loved her.

Some things about Gamby that I always want to remember:

How much she loved hot fudge sundaes (there is no doubt that I got my sweet-tooth from her).

Our trips to Friendly’s when we would visit her in Farmington.

Walking the dogs around the Miss Porter’s campus.

How much she loved her dogs, even Taffy, the scrappy little mutt-terrier, who bit everyone and chased cars.

How her two Newfoundlands took up the entire kitchen at her house.

How Cory, the Newfy, had her own car and would lay in it under the shady tree all day. Then when Cory got older, Gamby would drive the Cory car down the street to where the curb was higher, like a step, and Cory would meet her there where she was able to hop into the car, then Gamby would take her for a ride.

The hideous bright pink lipstick that she used to wear. Jackie and I used to tell her she needed a new color, but she always kept it anyway.

How she always sneezed at least 10 times in a row.

Her contagious laugh and fun-loving sense of humor.

How she always wore knee-highs instead of socks, even with sneakers.

How beautifully she played the piano.

How she would hum and sing “Heart and Soul”.

How we used to get in trouble for climbing on top of the pool table in the barn room.

Doing arts and crafts projects together at the dining room table, like popsickle stick magnets.

Her light blue eyes.

In her more recent days, all the funny stories about her ‘crazy’ talk, like in the middle of July when Kim was running out for some errands, Gamby yelled out to her “Don’t forget the Christmas tree”.

How generous she was. One time I went to visit and commented on her pretty light blue antique lamps. Not long after I got home, she sent them to me just because she knew I liked them.

How much she loved her family.

How excited I always was to see her.

The world will be a different place without ‘Gamby’ (Grandmother B).


  1. Ginger said,

    Jil, I’m so sorry.

  2. deb said,

    hiya jil,
    au contraire, ’twas very interesting, and I feel like I know you better. You are blessed, and so was she!

  3. Dave Nesbit said,

    I will miss Gamby. She was a great mother-in-law. She always loved and cared for her daughters to the best of her ability. She was a loving person who had many challenges in life, and lived a pretty tragic life. But this never stopped her from loving her family and being a good person. She is a role model for staying true to your self and loving others through adversity. I have learned a lot from her and hope have become a more compassionate and empathetic person as a result. I know she loved me and was glad to have me as a son-in-law – her love was unconditional … I hope that I can be more like her and pay her love for me forward to others.

  4. Leslye Nesbit said,

    That was wonderful! I went from weepy to smiles as you captured Gamby’s playful, but sometimes wacky nature. She was always so loving and demonstrative, and it took so little in life to bring her great joy. She is a lesson to us all to appreciate the little things in life and not to take those we love for granted. I will miss her so much. Thank god I have Dad, you and Julie and such wonderful grandchildren to help fill the void I’m feeling right now. I love you all dearly and know how lucky I am.
    Your loving Momma.

  5. David Cohen said,

    Sounds like you got much from her. I know I would have loved her too!

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