As it turns out, that was what happened. Grandma never regained the ground that she lost in January and she continued to battle compounding illness. She passed away late on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. She was the last of Josh's and my eight grandparents, and her death is a different kind of sad because it closes a chapter and a generation for our family.
Here's her obituary, which remembers many details of her life.
As for our memories of Grandma, Josh said it best: "She was a good one." He remembers holidays at her big house in Greenville, with a puzzle always in progress on the card table. She was simple and humble and hardworking and giving. From the time I met her, I felt a kinship with her because she was a farm girl too.
She delighted in time with her family. We knew that if we stopped for a visit on a cross-country drive, she'd be talking about it for a month afterward. We're so glad that both Lorien and Josiah were able to spend several visits with their great grandma.