Happy 90th Birthday Grandma!

gma & gpa

I’d like to wish a very Happy 90th Birthday to one of the most beautiful women I have ever known. My grandmother Irma Dean is the type of woman most aspire to be, but very few can match. As a mother/grandmother, photographer, gardener, ageless prank-puller (she put a sign on my grandpa’s back when he turned 89), and sweet-natured human being, she has always been a notch above all the others by being as unique as she is loving.

My grandma has taught me a lot about what it means to be both an exceptional woman and human being. She is not only kind, intelligent and caring, but she has encouraged all of us to be those things as well. While having a grandmother is by no means a unique experience, having a great one is something to be treasured for a lifetime. Not only does my grandmother radiate a particular type of warmth that you can’t help but gravitate towards, she also treats everything and everyone with the type of tenderness one only acquires at birth. Basically… my grandmother is one of the most incredible human beings alive.

While most people’s grandmothers were baking pies, mine was running the homemade bases in her backyard after sending a wiffle ball soaring over the back fence. We all knew she was something special as we watched the ball float through the air, and have continued to marvel at how cool she is with each passing year. She has captured our lives on film, passed on her knowledge and stories, and been a constant source of encouragement and praise throughout our lifetimes. She has never stopped learning and has mastered computers, cell phones, and iPads with ease. She is even learning how to play the Ukulele.


Being able to call you my grandmother has been one of the biggest privileges of my life. I’m not sure what I did to deserve such a loving and strong woman as my grandmother, but am certainly thankful it was you. You are the best role model a young woman could ask for, and I can’t even begin to thank you for all the things you’ve taught me over the years. I’m so happy I was able to spend the day with you yesterday, and hope that you’re 90th birthday is everything you want it to be and more. – Love Always, Susan

6 thoughts on “Happy 90th Birthday Grandma!

  1. Susan:

    Since the first of the year I have have mostly been following your bucket list. Fun for me as I have been to about 80% of those places, but educational too as Melanie and I planning a trip around the US next spring in our camper that includes West Texas and your information was great for planning purposes.

    But your tributes to your Grandma and Grandpa are some of your best writing ever, and what remarkable people they are. Thanks for sharing some of their remarkable lives, and how they affected yours. Well done and lovely.



    • Hey Ron,
      Thank you for your kind words. While travel is my passion, my grandparents are two of the most important and special people in my life, so I’m glad to hear that that love translated to everyone else so well in the posts I did for both of their respective birthdays. I put a great deal of thought and time into both of them. As for the bucket list posts, they’ll be resuming next week so hopefully you’ll find a few other places to add to your road trip. Take care Ron!


  2. Susan that is beautiful & I thank you so much. Hope I can live up to your high praise. I have had the most wonderful birthday ever! I loved our birthday party at the church yesterday. Being with my sister’s family & our families meant so much, I love them everyone. Grandpa & I are having a hard time believing that we are 90yrs. old. So blessed that we still have each other & a wonderful loving, kind family. Love you Susan.


    • You’re very welcome grandma! I’m glad you liked it, but there is no need to live up to anything, because you already have!! I’m happy so many family members and friends were able to come down to help you celebrate 90 as well. It was such a nice afternoon. Love you both tons and tons!!


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