Milagros - My Beautiful Grandmother, My Miracle

Friday, April 09, 2010

I have some sad news to share. Yesterday, I was notified that my beloved grandmother, Milagros Leong, passed away. Her name means "miracle" in Spanish, and she truly was our miracle in our lives. A mother of 6, a grandmother to dozens of grandchildren (she has plenty!) she was always hardworking, determined, stylish, and truly had a big heart. She always saw the good in others and put others before herself.

She was the only grandparent I had a relationship with since my other grandparents passed away before I was born, and out of the many families she chose to live with - she chose to live with me, my mom and dad. She was in my life ever since I was born & helped raise me. However, a couple of years ago she moved back to the Philippines to live with other family to receive 24/7 hour care since she endured having asthma, Parkinson's Disease, and she wasn't doing so well.

She was my inspiration, my muse, and the reason why I ventured into fashion. And I had her tremendous support all the way.

Back in the Philippines, she owned Cramerton Tailoring, and was highly skilled in sewing, tailoring, and making clothes - she even made some of my baby clothes.
She was always well put together. She knew how to coordinate her outfits, and maintain being classy and elegant. She is a true beauty and has great style.
Above is her on the right. Below, she is the gorgeous woman carrying the baby.
I miss her, and I wish I was able to give her one last hug.
Rest in peace Grandma, we love you.

93 comments :

Carine said...

That's such a loss..It must be really hard for you, I hope you're as allright as you can be in such a sad situation.

Leah said...

My condolences... I do feel your loss. I didn't know that you have roots from the Philippines. Take care sweetie... your grandma is in a better place now. xoxo

Looking Fab in your forties said...

Beautiful pictures of your Grandma, may she rest in peace. Take Care and much love. xx

Slamdunk said...

I am sorry for you and your family's loss. Thanks for sharing some of what made your grandmother special to you through this tribute.

Suyinsays said...

my condolences to you and your family through this tough time, just know that we all love you and will support you
xxxx

lovelyviolet5 said...

So sorry to hear about your beloved grandma!!My condolences to you and your family!!

Phuong said...

I`m sorry for your lost. My condolences to you and your family!

sexylegsandbody said...

Hi Audrey, I am so terribly sorry to hear about your granny's death, it is always sad to loose someone dear, but it is always good to remember that where they go, there is no pain, no want, no sorrows,just pure bliss and happiness.

Hope you will be ok.
Colin.

Maddy said...

I was so sorry to read the news this morning! It looks like you had a truly special relationship with your grandmother. Your tribute to her is truly beautiful!!

Big Hugss!

~Maddy

Manon said...

I am so sorry for the loss.. May she rest in peace and my condolences.
I hope you'll be okay.

Hugs, Manon

xoxoKrysten said...

Aw hon, I'm so sorry for your loss! I'll keep you in my thoughts!

J. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! Your beautiful memories of her are so special and thank you for sharing them (and yourself) with us, your readers.

Risyaa♥ said...

aww that's such a sweet pictures tribute of your grandma.
I'm so sorry for your loss. my condolences to you and your family.
may she rest in peace~~

take care sweetie xx

Jamie said...

Ohh darling, i'm sorry for your loss.
My condolences to you and your family.

lots of love

nuheila said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.My condolences to you and you family.Take care of yourself.Hugs.



Nuheila

Josie said...

Oh, dear Audrey, I am so sorry for your loss. She was absolutely beautiful, and sounds like such an amazing woman. What a lovely tribute -- I'm sure she was very proud of you.
xxoo Josie

Mish Dish said...

I am sending much love and light at this time.
What a beautiful tribute. xo Mish

Dancing Branflake said...

I am so sorry. This is such a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman.

Sophie said...

I´m sorry for your loss,the tribute is really beautiful.

Sher said...

Oh Audrey, I'm truly truly sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful and stylish lady, at least you have all these beautiful memories of her. Take care sweetie.

Big hugs

daisychain said...

I'm truly sorry for your loss sweetheart x

MsHark said...

Your grandmother was absolutely beautiful. I am so incredibly sorry to hear that she has passed away. Please know you are in my thoughts today. *hugs*

Steph

nookie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss:(

Empress said...

What a true beauty, and such a beautiful name. Blessing be with you at this difficult time in your life.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, this is such a beautiful tribute to your Grandmother, Audrey. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss; she sounds like an amazing woman. RIP. :(

Katie said...

It sounds like you have a lot of wonderful memories of your grandmother. Take care of yourself Audrey, thinking about you.

junghwa by amy stewart said...

Yay for grandma's!!! I love my grandma.

Embodying Fashion said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Stay strong!

janettaylor said...

So sorry for Ur loss. Big hugs!


Taj Acosta said...

Oh sweety, these are wonderful pictures of your Milagro! I love that name. What a blessing to have had such an inspiration as her! Sending you hugs doll ;) xoxo

Shop N' Chomp said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. She was one beautiful lady. :)

Anna G said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. I'm terribly lucky to have a good relationship woth my grandma also. I hope you treasure all the moment you and her had to together. I love the tribute you wrote for her. She was truly beautiful.

Fabíola Beltrão said...

my condolences, sweety heart...

xoxo

Missy said...

ah so sorry to hear that sweetie x

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The Zhush said...

So sorry to read about your loss, she looked like a truly lovely lady.

akaCola said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss but I must say this is such a nice post you've written in memory of your Grandmother...

Couture Carrie said...

I am so sorry for your loss, darling...

This post is a lovely tribute to your grandma!

xoxox,
CC

MARI said...

She was so beautiful, may she rest in peace.
Sorry for your loss and happy that she lived a
good life and had a granddaughter like you.

Regards,

-The Girl at the Atelier's Closet

Grace said...

I'm sorry to hear about that. She looks like a lovely woman.

Jen said...

So sad to hear this news. She looks like an elegant, beautiful woman.

ediot said...

hi darling. im so glad youre honoring her with this post. she sounds and looks like an amazing person. im sorry for your loss- but happy you have such fond memories and stories with her. hope youre having an good weekend still. take care sweet you.

xx ediot

COCAMIA said...

Oh Honey, I am so sorry! This an amazing tribute to this amazing and magical woman...xo

Romany said...

Oh, I'm so sorry sweetie. And this a beautiful tribute to her - absolutely wonderful (and I love that her name translated to 'miracle', that's just lovely).
Romany
xx

Shelley Ann said...

i am so sorry to hear that. my grandfather actually just passed a couple of weeks ago also so i know what youre going through. it looks like she was a wonderful woman though and you did a really beautiful job with this blog post!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

So sorry to hear about your grandma. Only good vibes and thoughts your way. It is a blessing she was in your life and made you the woman you are. You look a bit like her too.

Btw, I didn't know you were Filipino. We went for the first time Christmas to visit my husband's family. It was lovely.

Liya said...

i am so sorry, speaking from someone who's lost loved ones....its so hard, i know
be strong girl

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Mina said...

Your Grandmother is truly beautiful. I'm glad she was a great inspiration and part of your life. I know you will be strong. Love you, Audrey.

Lisa said...

I'm so sorry Audrey. My heart goes out to you and your family. What a beautiful woman of style and strength.

KY said...

My favorite picture is the very last one in your post. I know you were too young to remember but I was there that day when that picture was taken. Every time I look at it I can't stop myself from crying.

Golden said...

I'm so sorry to hear about that dearie. Your Lola was a beautiful person. May she rest in peace.

Lots of love,

Join the Gossip said...

She is absolutely beautiful and she sounds like an incredible, talented woman. I am so sorry for your loss. You'll always have your fond memories and these wonderful photos.

Anastasia said...

She was very beautiful. I'm sorry for your loss

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

So sorry to hear of your grandmother's death.
Her spirit lives on, my sweet thing, and I'm glad she inspired you to embark upon a career in fashion. xoxo

beckyxoxo said...

Oh I'm sorry :( I'm sure she was a very stylish woman . May she rest in peace .

Noshabelle said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. These photos are gorgeous, your grandma was a stylish woman.
May she rest in peace.
Stay strong!

Ladyulia said...

wow!
nice grandma...

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IZY said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.
she rest in peace
xoxo

Victoria Bitten said...

i just saw your tweets--hope you're doing okay and i am so sorry for your loss. she looks like a very beautiful and inspirational woman. take care!

xx
vb

naomemandeflores said...

Oh, I'm very sorry for your loss. She must have been an amazing woman!

twinsouls888 said...

Your grandma was really beautiful, sophisticated classic facial features. Her name Milagros sounds so Filipino, do you have Filipino blood in you girl? hehe I'm Filipino ^_^

Fenny said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. I also pray that your grandmother can be happy in a beautiful place. And for you, come back excited. Don't be sad. Hopefully your family can survive. Your grandmother so beautiful.

DAVID McGRIEVEY said...

I just recently posted pictures of my Dad on my blog, I understand your pain.
Love the Doris Day song and picture.
David

michelle_ said...

audrey. truly sorry to hear about this news :(
i hope you're feeling much better now though !
many deep condolences to you and your family.

god bless you all.!
MICHELLE || Glisters and Blisters

Aury said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Audrey. Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman and this is a beautiful tribute to her. May her soul rest in piece and may God comfort your family.

ak said...

i am so sorry for your loss..she sounds likes an incredible woman. it reminds me of what my grandma meant to me. she was everything to me and i know that whatever creative bone i've got i've inherited from her. its always important to hold onto the good memories. =)

xx

Anna Jane said...

God bless her soul.

Milagros - such a beautiful name, and it sounds like she lived a long and beautiful life. What a kind and sweet lady she appeared too. I'm sure she's proud of you and your blog, wherever she may be now :)

- Anna Jane xxx

marian said...

Such an awful time for your family and you. I am praying for you at this time and wish your family and you comfort and my sincere condolences.
BIG HUG.
Marian.

Christen said...

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I lost my grandmother a few years ago. Nothing makes the pain any easier to get through. But thank you for sharing her beautiful life with us!

Wrecked Stellar said...

Hi Audrey- I'm so sorry about your grandmother. She sounds like an amazing woman. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. xo, mel

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

Wow. I'm so sorry for your loss. This is such a lovely post; she was definitely beautiful and I'm glad that you have such love towards you.

My thoughts are with you at this hard time.

Kristin said...

I'm so sorry. You and your family will be in my prayers!

S.Elisabeth said...

I'm so sorry for you loss. Think of it like this: She's young again in heaven, beautiful and glowing up there and in your memories. At least she was blessed with a long life and children and grandchildren that loved her like you do. She sounds like an amazing woman to admire.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

This post breaks my heart. I'm so sorry about your grandmother, Audrey. I went through a similar loss, earlier this year, so I can relate a bit.

Your grandmother was beautiful and it's obvious you were lucky enough to be a recipient of her beauty. :) But she was lucky too because she obviously had such a wonderful, loving family who adored her beyond belief.

Hugs and love to you, sweetie!! xoxo

Tasha Gregson said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, she sounds like an incredible inspirational woman!! :'( xx

Panda said...

beautifu, inspiring post.
Hope she rests in peace...
panda x

MOLLYKT said...

my thoughts are with you Audrey
xxx

kirstyb said...

sorry to hear about your gran x

fhen said...

deep condolence to you dear
it is hard to lose a family member
i can see how she influenced you
may she rests in peace

xoxo

J said...

i'm soo sorry for your loss.. its always hard to lose someone special in your life. but your memories of her will live forever. hope you are doing okay *hugs*

OneCraftyFox said...

So sorry for your loss, Audrey. You are in my thoughts, such a beautiful post to dedicate...

Andie said...

those photos are absolutely beautiful!

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Fabi said...

i'm crying right now!... the photos are beautiful. sorry for your loss
xx

Raquel said...

she sure was lovely. she is watching for you now. *hug*

Winnie said...

I am so sorry for your loss but your grandma would have loved this post, she was such an inspiration!

bananas. said...

your grandmother was beautiful...and now she is your beautiful angel. rest in peace to your dear grandma.

hugs...xoxo.

thesydneygirl said...

my prayers go out to you and your family. She seems so lovely. Sending love your way x

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh dear I'm sorry to hear for your loss. I'll say a prayer for her. What beautiful pictures of your grandmother & you. Hold them dear to your heart sweetie.

hanny arianty gultom said...

sorry for that Audrey.. big hug..

Fashion Court said...

i am so sorry for your loss, audrey :( it's never easy. you shared some beautiful pictures (and even more beautiful memories). i'm sure your grandmother is SO proud of you.

Pratishtha Durga said...

I am so sorry, Audrey. She was such a beautiful woman! You must be proud to be a part of her family. Big hug to you.

Abby Kihano said...

i totally miss my grandma too. she passed away two years ago. i didn't really have a good relationship with her, but i felt like we were getting closer on her last days :/

sad part was that the last time i saw her, i didn't give her a hug. i thought i was going to see her again. i was wrong.

Pop Champagne said...

I'm sorry for your loss, may your grandmother rest in peace. She was a beautiful lady and I'm sure one day you will see her again :)

Marz said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Truly, she looked like an amazing lady, and an inspiration. May she rest in peace.

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