A North Brook Elementary School student gave up her birthday money in honor of her great-grandmother.
â€œThatâ€™s what we did for her birthday,â€ said Shannon Ferguson, Meredithâ€™s mother. â€œInstead of presents, she wanted to take it to them.â€
Meredith Ferguson, who turned 8 on March 22, gave $165 to Hospice of Cabarrus County. Her great-grandmother, Margaret Eudy, passed away in January following a battle with bone cancer.
â€œIt just came very suddenly. She was fine at Christmas,â€ Shannon said. â€œIt was a shock to everybody.â€
Meredith loved her great-grandmotherâ€™s fried pies and homemade dumplings. When she visited the 86-year-old womanâ€™s farm, she would play with her dogs and feed her chickens.
Giving her birthday money away to Hospice made her â€œhappy.â€
â€œOther people needed that help,â€ she said.
Thinking about her great-grandmother, however, makes her cry.
â€œSheâ€™s tender-hearted,â€ said her mother.
Their great-grandmother left behind more than memories to Meredith and her sister Madison, 9.
Like Eudyâ€™s other 28 great-grandchildren they each have a handmade quilt. They also have canned food yet to be eaten.
â€œShe didnâ€™t waste anything,â€ Shannon said. â€œIf she could can it, it was canned.â€
Eudy lost her husband when she was 50 and spent the next 36 years managing the farm in Cabarrus County herself.
â€œShe kept up that place,â€ Shannon said. â€œIt was hard to do.â€
She remained active until the month of her death, which she spent largely in the care of Hospice of Cabarrus County volunteers.
â€œThey comforted her, and anything she needed, they gave her,â€ Shannon said.
Meredith is proud she gave her birthday money to the place that cared for her grandmother. She was going to ask for a scooter, but knows itâ€™s better this way â€“ â€œbecause I did something right.â€
She and her sister miss their great-grandmother and will remember her fondly.
â€œShe was just a loveable great-grandmother,â€ Madison said.
by Sarah Grano