My Grandma passed away on December 20, 2013. She died after fighting a long and hard battle against cancer. I will be running the "Conquer The Canyon"marathon on July 28 in honor of my Grandma and to raise money for The American Cancer society. https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Wellsboro/PAGrandCanyonRunFest12FullMarathon
“That woman is a success - who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent others and the love of children and grandchildren; who has filled her niche and accomplished her task; who leaves the world better than she found it; who appreciated the beauty of life on earth; and who has left a legacy, who looked for the best in others and gave the best she had.”
I miss my Grandma everyday. She had this zest for life that lit up rooms. She made everyone around her laugh and smile. No matter how sad or mad I was my Grandma made it all ok and had me dying of laughter by the end of our talk. I remember a month before she passed away we stood in her room and and she danced even though she was in an incredible amount of pain. She danced to Moto Moto from the Movie Madacagar. My Grandma loved each of her Grandchildren so much. She wore a necklace daily with a gemstone for each of her 8 grandchildren. Once we were old enough, each cousin paired up and got a trip to my Grandparents. I will never forget how much fun it was. We were suppose to go the Orange County Fair one day, but my Grandma was feeling too sick and weak. My Cousin and I did not give it a second thought of course we were still going to have fun hanging out at the house that day. My Grandma felt so bad, thinking she disappointed us, she came up with the idea that we would make shirts with ribbon, glitter, etc. She said to make it as crazy and as special as the two of us. Even though she was in middle of chemo, weak, and in pain she stayed up all night to finish our shirts after my Cousin and I passed out on the couch. Around Christmas time she let each grandchild pick one of her Christmas decorations and take it home. My Grandma wanted each of us to feel so special and very loved. She accomplished this! My Grandma was very strong. Everyday with her was an adventure. She loved deeply and in return she was loved so deeply. She was intelligent, compassionate, energetic, loving, strong, determined, hardworking, and beautiful. She showed me what a great women is. She taught me strength and self respect. She empowered me to strive to achieve my dreams. She loved hearing about everything happening in my life. Whether it was what happened in my games or what happened in school she made me feel like everything was important. I wish she was here to watch me complete one of my life time goals to run a marathon. I know she will be with me up above smiling and cheering me on the whole way!
Eileen Marie Black, lived in of Scotchtown, NY, passed away December 20, 2013 at home from a difficult and long battle with cancer at 70 years of age. My Grandma was born in Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, May 14, 1943, to William and Kathleen Mann. My Grandma graduated James Madison High School and began her first job in banking at Irving Trust Company.Upon marrying the love of her life, Tom Black (my PopPop) and beginning their family, being a wife and mother were her top priorities. As the family relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Scotchtown, NY she became actively involved in Pine Bush schools in various aquatic programs as swimming was a real joy in her life. My Grandma was a highly regarded and dedicated coach for both the boys and girls varsity swim teams for over 25 years. She enjoyed her life immensely spending time with her family and friends, but most especially she loved every moment being the ever proud and loving grandmother.