Erin Napier Shares a Touching Tribute to Her Late Grandmother

Isabel Garcia
Photo credit: Getty, Manny Carabel / Erin Napier
Photo credit: Getty, Manny Carabel / Erin Napier

From House Beautiful

Home Town star Erin Napier's grandmother has passed away. On Monday, Napier shared the news to Instagram with a touching tribute. She posted two sepia-toned photos of her grandparents when they were younger. In one photo, the couple is standing on a shore, water surrounding their ankles and waves crashing behind them. The other photo shows them dressed more formally, standing in a wooden doorway.

"My sweet grandmother went to heaven today," Napier wrote in the caption. "My grandfather passed in 2001, and for 19 years she lived without him. I’m so happy that he’s shouting “here she comes!” today, even if my heart is broken for us without her. My Mother Goose. ❤️"

In the caption, Napier also added the poem "Gone From My Sight" likely written by Reverend Luther F. Beecher. (The poem has also been attributed to Henry Jackson Van Dyke.) When Napier wrote that she's happy her grandfather is shouting, "Here she comes!" she referenced the ending of the poem: "Her diminished size is in me—not in her. And, just at the moment when someone says, 'There, she is gone,' there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, 'Here she comes!'"

Photo credit: Erin Napier - Instagram
Photo credit: Erin Napier - Instagram

On her Instagram Story, Napier shared a photo of her wearing her grandmother's ring. "Just aquamarine and 12k gold," she captioned the picture. "But so precious to me."

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