On Thursday, December 4, 2003, my grandmother, the most beautiful person I have ever known, passed away. She was diabetic, and was prescribed a medication that destroyed her liver (as far as I know, it killed others…). We first noticed something was wrong in 2001. From there, her condition worsened. She was bedridden at the end. The bed, I remember, was a hospital rig; it was set up in the living room.
I was in the sixth grade at the time, and when I came home, she was gone, the crisp white sheet pulled over her head.
I was living with my grandparents at the time, and was exceptionally close to my grandmother. Losing her was like losing a mother. I was in shock. I didn’t cry. I was numb. It hadn’t sunk it yet.
Then it hit me all at once at the funeral.
The following is the text of the obituary as it was originally published.
Rest in Peace, Na na.
Faye Wimpling, 62, of Sugar Grove , and formerly of Warrenton, VA, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at her home.
Mrs. Wimpling was born July 28, 1941, in Thomaston, GA, and was a daughter of Robert Edward Coates of Jacksonville, FL, and the late Emily Matthews Coates.
She was a retired LPN having worked at nursing homes in Warrenton, VA, and a Baptist.
In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Harry Joseph Wimpling; five daughters, KAthleen Margaret Hagewood of Thomaston, GA, Terry Lynn Dirosario of King George, VA, Christina Louise Sanders of Quantico, VA, Kimberly Shackleford of Woodbridge, VA, and Robin Clarke of Nashville, TN; a son Stuart Wimpling of King George, VA; a sister, Evelyn Wilburn of Thomaston, GA; and 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pastor Tracy C. Fletcher conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Brandywine. Burial was at the Sugar Grove Cemetery, Sugar Grove.
Memorial donations may be made to Grant County Hospice, Petersburg, WV 26847.