Poetic Inspirations and Practical Applications for Blissful Living

In Loving Memory of My Grandmother

In Loving Memory of My Grandmother

Ida Jean Antczak: March 27, 1922 to July 12, 2014

Ida Jean Antczak: March 27, 1922 to July 12, 2014


“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:25-30)


Who is Nana?

You ask this of me;

She is the beauty

Of many a memory,


She is the smile

Brightening the day,

She is the wisdom

Lighting the way.


She is the warmth

Making a home sweet,

She is the embrace

When her I greet,


She is a wife,

A daughter, a mother,

An example of one

Loving one another.


She is my grandmother,

She is my friend,

She is rich with generosity,

Of love without end,


She is God’s beloved,

She is His sweet child,

She reflects His virtues,

Bold yet mild.


She is in Jesus’ arms,

Resting with delight,

Heaven and its glory

Are now in her sight,


With Papa she plays,

With the angels she sings

In joy and adoration

To our King of kings…


So who is Nana?

She is the source of this song,

The reason our hearts

Beat with love strong.


Yes, though she has departed,

From me she will never part —

For my Nana is with Jesus,

My Nana is in my heart.


© 2014 Caroline Gavin

May you rest eternally in Jesus’ loving arms, Nana! We love you!



  • http://www.threedimensionalvitality.com/ Ann Musico

    What a beautiful way to honor your grandmother, Caroline. I know she is smiling down at you!

    • http://PurposefulPathway.com/ Caroline Gavin

      You, my beautiful sister, make my face and my heart smile! Thank you, sweet Ann, for blessing and brightening my days! God bless you immeasurably! :)

  • http://www.180coach.com/ Rob Clinton

    Sweetheart, again, very beautiful! It was beautiful when you read this and it’s beautiful now… You definitely honored your Nana well… It’s no surprise to me that someone of her character is ‘Your’ grandmother… I know she is smiling at you and she’s the happiest she’s ever been!

  • http://mywritersconnection.com/ Erin K Casey

    What a blessing to have such a woman in your life. May God comfort you.

  • http://www.pursuingyourcalling.com Cindy Hirch

    All I could do was smile when I read the tribute to your grandmother Caroline! Beautiful my dear friend!