Earlier today, Krissie got a call that Grandma Betty probably would not make it through the day and for sure wouldn’t make it past the night. We headed over to Nampa, to Grandma’s house. When we got there we saw Jacob, Rachel, and their two boys Wayne and Waylon. Aunt Linda was there too, because she had been staying with Mom and Grandma when Grandma’s health started declining. We saw Grandma laying there, she wasn’t really moving or communicating but she was there and we talked to her and held on to her for a few minutes. Krissie doesn’t get too emotional, but I could tell that she was having a hard time with this. Grandma was Krissie’s buddy during the entire 18 years that I have known Krissie.
Because of this, I felt like I had gotten pretty close to Grandma over the years. We spent a lot of time talking about her missions. It gave me a chance to also share experiences from my mission and through the church. I love to talk to her about her missions and the experiences she had in life. We also talked a lot about politics and those sort of things. She would call me at various times, just to tell me something that Donald J Trump did that she was happy about, or to tell me something that the democrats did that she was pretty displeased with.
We sat there and visited with Mom Peg, Linda, Jacob and Rachel throughout the evening. Krissie’s Uncle Bob and Aunt Susan Carlson (Jacob’s Mom and Step-Dad) came over and we visited with them also for a few minutes. Bob and Susan left. Shortly after this, Krissie was standing there looking at Grandma and noticed that her breathing was getting softer. She called us all around and at about 8:10 PM, Grandma passed peacefully to the other side of the veil. I am pretty certain that it was a wonderful reunion with Grandpa Raymond Bower and Uncle Wayne Bower, who both passed many years ago.