|Dorothy Ransom Hess|
November 1914 - January 2014
My beautiful Grandma Hess passed away in her sleep early this morning at the age of 99. She was such a sweet and lovely person, inside and out. I have only the very happiest of memories with her. I know she is having a wonderful reunion in Heaven with loved ones who have gone on before. Just a few days ago, she was imagining that she was with her brothers and sister, and also that she was baking cinnamon rolls and pies. :-)
along with my mother Mary, my daughter Mary,
my two grandsons and myself
- She kept a drawer of toys at her house in Pennsylvania so we grandchildren could play when we visited. Unfortunately, we always lived hundreds or even thousands of miles away until I was almost a teenager.
- There was always something good to eat at her house. She and Grandpa were both excellent cooks and so good with showing hospitality. She loved ice cream and all kinds of other desserts, and often ate them before dinner. See My Grandma's Cracker Cookie Bars and My Scrapple Experiment
- She sent lots of letters and cards. I especially remember the ones with cute little animals on them. There were also postcards from their world travels. She and Grandpa were so adventurous!
- She was very good keeping up with photo albums. There is a huge pile of them. She also kept journals of what happened each day, though never much about her feelings.
- She is the only person who ever called me Ginny Lynn past the time when I got to kindergarten and found out my name was really Virginia. And she got away with it.
- She made colorful afghans for each of my children.
- She played the organ and piano beautifully. She knew and loved lots of old hymns. See Love Lifted Me, It Is Well with My Soul and Sweet Hour of Prayer.
- The last few times I saw her, she didn't always remember who I was, but she sure was glad to see me anyway! I am so glad that I have been able to travel to Maryland several times in recent years to see her. See Visiting Great Grandmother
- She and Grandpa were faithfully married for almost 76 years, until he passed away in 2010. See Diamonds in Our Family Tree and 75 Years and Counting: Celebrating the Marriage of Henry and Dorothy Hess
- Grandpa and Grandma are survived by four of their six children. David died as a baby, and my mother passed away last summer. They also have 13 grandchildren (I am in the very middle) and I lost track of how many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren they have. Her children called them Mother and Daddy.
After the more recent photos below, I am including some memories that Grandma Hess wrote about her own younger years. There are plenty of vintage photos to go with them, so keep scrolling down!
|July 2013, with my mother (the last time they saw each other)|
|Summer 2013, with six of my children at her nursing home|
|She loved to page through photo albums,|
remembering those who had gone on before
|2010, trying to figure out my iPod!|
Many many years ago, I asked my grandmother to write down some of her memories from growing up and starting a family. What you see below is an excerpt. The full text is at Tribute to My Grandfather, Henry Edward Hess, Sr
I love you so much, Grandma!
I miss you.