Janet White of Morristown, New York, lived a long, adventurous life. She traveled the world in her youth with her husband Bill, making her way to Hong Kong and the USSR in the ’60s. She was also an avid gardener and ran a successful a dairy farm for 35 years, according to a Reddit post written by her granddaughter, Rachael. Janet was also known for making quilts. Throughout her life, she made over 100 of them for her six children, 13 grandchildren and countless other family members, friends and community groups. There were quilts for every life event and special occasion. Before she passed, she made four more, one for each of her unmarried grandchildren to be given to them on their wedding days.
Sadly, Janet passed away last week at the age of 84. To honor her, Janet’s family draped dozens of her lovingly made quilts over the church pews at the funeral. Rachael uploaded a photo of the quilts to Reddit, and her post went viral, garnering over 97,000 up-votes and more than 1,000 comments. On Reddit, people were touched by how Janet’s family honored her with her quilts and shared memories of their own grandmothers.
“Very nice gesture and farewell. I hope y’all use and enjoy those. My great grandmother was also a quilter. One of my most prized/sentimental possessions is a quilt she gave me, the last one she made for all I know. Every time I use it it makes me a little sad, but also weirdly happy that I have something to remember her by and to keep me warm when I need it,” wrote one person.
Others felt inspired by how fully Janet lived her life. “I’m getting a little choked up reading this. The description of the life your grandmother lived seems magnificent and extravagant and it really makes me want to branch out and truly live life. The fact that a mere description of what she did can evoke such an emotional response from a total stranger is absolutely unique. My condolences for your grandmother OP,” another person wrote.
One thing is for sure: Janet lives on in the hearts of the many who loved her, and in the quilts that she made with so much care. “Her quilts adorn our couches, beds, walls, and are a constant reminder of how much she loved us,” Rachael wrote in her post. “She is my role model and I love and miss her dearly.”
source: WOMAN’S DAY