Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Grandma Remembered

Flossie Ellen Barton Hall
October 11, 1913 to January 17, 2011

Yesterday, my Grandma Flo went home to be with her Savior.  Our hearts are broken, but joyous, because we know she is walking streets of gold.  She has gazed upon the crystal sea.  She has heard the angels singing.  And she has seen the face of Jesus.

My Grandma was born near Hoecker, Missouri, the youngest of 10 children.  Her parents were Andrew and Amyee Barnhart Barton.  In 1934 she married my Grandpa, James Howard Hall.  She gave birth to eight children (six girls and two boys), my mom being the third oldest.  She has 17 grandchildren.  Two of those grandchildren met her in heaven yesterday, as did my Grandpa.  My Grandma has 35 great-grandchildren.  And my Grandma has 11 great-great grandchildren. 

My Grandma Flo loved to garden, and she loved flowers.  She was a wonderful cook.  She could make chicken-n-dumplings like you've never had in your life.  My childhood memories of being at their house always involved a huge family meal.  At Christmas time there was always a tree surrounded by mounds of presents.  Even with a big family, there was always a gift for everyone.

I could tell you stories of my Grandma all day long.  Good stories, funny stories.  I have memories to last a lifetime.  She was am amazing woman and I loved her with all my heart.  And while my heart is broken, and I will miss her terribly, she would have wanted us to let her go.  And her heart's desire would be to see each one of her family in heaven.  If she could say one thing to us, she would say "promise me you will meet me in heaven."  So that is my gift to you Grandma.  My promise to meet you in heaven one day.  When you see me, come a runnin'.  'Cause I'll be running to you.   


  1. What a beautiful story. I am so sorry for you loss. It's so obvious the love you have for her. I'll be praying for God's comfort for you and your family.

  2. What beautiful memories you have of your grandma, it means her life was full. My prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. It is a comfort to know your grandma is with the Savior.


  3. Isn't it wonderful when we know the parting isn't for eternity! What a blessing your Grandma Flo was to her family and I expect everyone she encountered. May our dear savior comfort you at this time of loss and may it bring you peace to know she is home :)


  4. My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your precious one. My prayers are with you. And I hope that you will share some of your memories and stories sometime. She sounds like she was a wonderful person. ~Cheryl

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss...I know it's coming, but I can't imagine losing my grammy. What a blessing to know that she's dancin' with Jesus and wouldn't trade where she is for anything!!
    See you soon Grandma Flo!!

  6. My condolences on your loss; am glad you have such wonderful memories and the Love of the Lord to sustain you and your family.

  7. I'm so sorry for your loss! She looks like a very lovely lady! She will always be with you all in your hearts! Hugs!

  8. How blessed you were to of had your Grandmother into your adult life. My heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of a great woman. But the choir just gained one in heaven.

  9. Written beautifully! She will be missed. I "borrowed" your picture of her.
    Lots of love!!

  10. Dearest Robbin,
    My heart aches for you and how you must be feeling.I'm so sorry for your loss and for the sadness and lonliness you will feel for her here on Earth. But yet you know the joy of it....the joy that she has being with her God and her Savior. Death is hardest on those left behind. I made that discovery head on this summer when my dad passed away. We miss them, we wish we had more time on Earth to do things with them, we think of the memories. We are human and that is natural and God surely understands that. But our faith allows us to be joyous for them as they are in a far better place.
    Prayers for comfort for all your family who are hurting in sorrow.
    May God continue to give you peace in knowing "all is well".

  11. i waited all day to come home and read your blog post. thank you so much for sharing it! we will definitely miss her, but i am so happy she is with great grandpa now! love you robbin!

  12. Robbin I am so sorry about your Grandma. Such beautiful memories of her that you have shared. Keep her close to your heart. My prayers are with you and your family. Take care.

  13. I have no grandparents left, but I have a dear friend who is 100. They have had good, long lives and sometimes it's just time. WOW! When you think of all of the changes they have seen over the years.
    Sorry for the loss and the feeling of something missing...

  14. I am so sorry to hear about your Grandma. What a lovely lady! My dear Grandma passed away in the wee hours this morning. I know they are celebrating in heaven together! Bless you - hugs!!! -Tammy