Grandma Lois was my mom's mom and always so much fun. She loved kids of all ages and spoiled all of them. She had a late in life baby that was just one year older than my oldest brother, and I think that kept her young at heart all her life.
We had some fun times together. One of the most memorable experiences - and one we talked about nearly every time we were together - was when she came to visit us in Seattle and took me to see the movie Blazing Saddles. Just Grandma and me. My parents were horrified that she took me - age 12 - to see an R-rated movie, but we had a rip-roaring good time and laughed until we cried.
I will never forget another time she came to visit and we went to see a movie with my mom (she loved to go "to the show"). My mom asked Grandma if she wanted some candy, and Grandma replied "Does a ball bounce?" She always had a sweet tooth (we shared a love of black licorice) and a very funny sense of humor.
Grandma, Mom and I took a trip to Reno when I was in my early 20s and that was such a fun time. We played one particular slot machine in our hotel lobby that consistenly paid out - no big jackpots, but enough to keep us entertained. We were always disappointed if we came downstairs and found out someone was playing our "Watermelon" machine.
Grandma loved to travel, whereas my Grandpa Claude was more of a stay-at-home guy. She would often plan a trip and wait until just as she was leaving to tell him about it.
Mom and I were always chuckling about her penchant for malapropisms - she always came up with some very unintentional funny sayings.
She had the most beautiful porcelain skin and snow white hair.
My daughter's middle name is Lois, after my grandmother. Last summer when we stayed with my mom, Lily was down at great-grandma's one evening and I went to pick her up, but I wasn't allowed to take her, because the "girls" were in the midst of a rousing game of Gin Rummy. I'm glad I got a picture of it.
I miss you, Grandma. :(