Goodbye Granny Ruby

Yesterday my Granny Ruby passed away.  She was 94.  She outlived 2 children, her husband and a grandson.

I have posted about her beautiful garden here and here.  She had the greenest thumbs ever. Her gardens no matter where they lived were always magnificent.  I remember playing in the garden at her home in Houghton when I was a child, there were secret pathways and huge ferns and lots of rolling lawns, a child’s paradise.

Granny Fanyse (moms mom), My mom and I, Granny Ruby (dads mom)

Granny Ruby and Banga Sydney were married for 67 years, he passed away almost 3 years ago.  The story of there wedding is over here.

I remember being a little girl and putting on ballet recitals for my grandparents and pretending to play the harp (a childhood dream of mine).  I remember baking with my Gran and having tea in real china cups.

Granny and me

In all my years I dont think I ever saw my Grandmother in anything other than a tailored skirt and blouse, she was always impeccably dressed, right to the end.

I was so very lucky to have both sets of Grandparents at my wedding.  For a moment there we were not sure Granny Ruby and Banga Syd would be there as my Grandfather was very frail but they made it and stood under the chuppah with me.  What an honour.

The birth of Aaron and then Faith, her great grandchildren, brought such joy to Granny.  She loved holding them and talking to them.  Her face would just light up whenever we went to visit her.  Im so glad that Aaron will have some memories of his Great Granny.

Tomorrow we lay you to rest Granny Ru, give my dad a kiss from me, hug Banga and Cliff.  Be at peace.

16 Replies to “Goodbye Granny Ruby”

  1. Gina, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved this tribute to your Granny Ruby. Sounds like she was a formidable woman and so very dynamic. You are blessed for having had her in your life for so long. Sending you much love and wishing you a long life.


  2. I loved reading about your granny – I wish you long life (is that what you say?).

    LOVE the pics of you as a baby yelling/ screaming and at your wedding – gosh, you looked stunning!

    1. It is thank you.
      I LOVE that pic of me shouting as a baby 🙂 Going to print it out and frame it for our family photo wall 🙂

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