Sunday, January 29, 2012

In Memory: Doris Saulnier

Doris enjoys a summer afternoon at her home.
Late last night/early this morning, my great grandmother, Doris, passed away of old age and complications with existing illnesses. Affectionately known as "Nanny", the grand old woman was 89 years old and in excellent mental and emotional health. She is survived by her children Bob, Carol, Joan, and Louise, as well as their families.

I remember Nanny very well, though I didn't really get to know her until I was 12 or so. Her stubborn wisdom was the guiding force of a very large and happy family, and her tales and mannerisms the stuff of legend. If you weren't a little shit, you weren't anybody, and if you were very, very good, she might only tell you your flaws once in an evening. Not that anybody minded. Nanny left quite a mark on everyone who met her. She is fondly remembered for all her idiosyncrasies.

She has gone on to join her husband, Bernardin, who passed away (if I recall correctly) six years ago next month. All of us are still a little surprised. She was so stubborn that we were fairly certain she would be giving the eulogy at our great-grandchildren's funerals.

Rest in peace, Nanny. We all miss you.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this about my paternal grandmother whom I did not have the opportunity to meet. With sincere gratitude, Cheyenne