For those of you who knew her, you knew and admired how strong Nana was. And another word for strong could be tough. Nana at both times was our biggest advocate and our most honest critic.
She never minced words when it came to the clothes we wore, the way we did our hair, the people we dated or our manners at the dinner table. And while I’m sure we may have rolled our eyes, it was the biggest lessons Nana taught us by example.
If someone needed her, she moved in. If someone needed a place to live, she opened her doors. The most important thing in Nana’s life was creating a home for her family, and that home has become a haven for us all. It’s the place we grew up together. It’s the place we still go to feel safe. And it’s the place all 30 of us camped out for a week as we slowly said our goodbyes to Nana.
And so today we want to say thank you to her. Thank you Nana for being so strong. Thank you for teaching us what it means to take care of people. And most of all, thank you for showing us all what can happen when two people fall in love.