Maria Rosales was such a strong individual is so many ways. She gave birth to 7 children where nowadays people cant handle one. and that comes with 58+ great grand-children. She came to this country to basically raise me and my sister while my parents worked hard. I owe her so much, and there is not enough thank yous to even come close. Raising me was a chore, but she was strong enough to put up with me. She was always telling me what to do, but that's how she was. Telling me to come home early or the gypsys will get me, that she did not see me take a shower, and be careful i might make babies. She would always ask me when am I getting married. I'm sorry she didn't get to see that day. 98 years strong, she really was, up until the last few months, she was up on her feet, doing something. As crook and broke her fingers were, she was still sewing something, or chopping stuff up to cook, even rolling lumpia. She would have dug her own grave if her body hadn't given up on her. That's how strong she is. I love you grandma.
from the last day i saw her, weeks after a stroke
before the stroke, she was rolling aboot
showing her bling
that toothless smile
Many people came out to the funeral to show their respects. The mass went as expected, very emotional, filled with nice things said, and loving reminiscing. I too was not able to hold my composure several times. The plans for her remains is to be cremated and transported back to the Philippines to be next to her husband forever. Its a bittersweet honor to say I was the last to see her before cremation for I had to go to the crematory as a witness. As they were about to lift her up out the coffin into the cremation box, I closed my eyes so that my last memories of her is unhandled in the coffin. I will miss you very much grandma.