This is a picture of my great grandmother Alta Brinkerhoff Lillywhite. She passed away about 2 weeks ago at 4 months shy of her 98th birthday. We went up to Taylor for a funeral/memorial this weekend. It was really nice; she was an amazing lady. I Googled her looking for a picture to show Natalie and I got thousands and thousands of pages, mostly obituaries saying what a wonderful woman she was. She is survived by 465 descendants, who have served a total of 270 years of missionary service for the Church among other ridiculously amazing statistics.
There can't be a family event without my grandma doing something silly. I love her to death, but she is a very funny lady. At the viewing, everybody kept saying how much Grandma didn't look like herself (being embalmed can have that effect, I hear, but I digress). It was decided that Grandma just didn't look right without her glasses, but no one knew where they were. Off went the uncles to look for Grandma Lillywhite's glasses, but my grandma came up with a better idea. She took her glasses out of her purse, and lovingly placed them on her mother's head. "Much better," she said. "Now she looks like herself." Well, the uncle found the correct pair of glasses not even 10 minutes later, and you should have seen the look on his face when he got back to the casket. "Who's glasses are these? I've got Grandma Lillywhite's right here, who's are these?!" Needless to say he was more than a little confused. Who says you can't have fun at a funeral?!
All the levity aside, it was a really spiritual memorial. No one could say enough about how great a person she was. My uncle Grant told the best story. In close to 50 years, the closest he ever heard Grandma Lillywhite complain was the week before she died. "The one regret I have is that I can't make it through 3 hours of church anymore." She definitely knew what was important in life, and tried very hard to teach all of her descendants to follow in her footsteps.