Apr 1

A Life of Laughter by Blake Taylor

These beautiful words were written by my oldest son, Blake.  He loved his grandmother and their relationship was a very special bond. He read this at Mom’s funeral. (I’m so proud of him!)

A Life of Laughter

Becky Nunn, or as her grandchildren called her, Mamaw, loved to have fun. Although her location and eventually, physical health, changed, one constant that remained was her ability to make almost anything funny.

In our preschool years, a sleepover at Mamaw’s house meant rocking-chair lullabies and wild goose chases around the living room, complete with her comically screaming right behind us as we “ran for our lives.”  Once she and Papaw moved to Florida, our visits with them were filled with countless excursions to the beach and rides on their golf cart, hardly ever going anywhere in particular but always enjoying each others’ company.

In 2005 Mamaw and Papaw returned permanently to the Carolinas, residing in a quaint Rock Hill home.  This turned out to be an unfathomable blessing towards the end of Mamaw’s life.  We were able to see her much more often.  We spent many afternoons of quality time relaxing by her pool, followed by a meal of her famous macaroni & cheese and sweet tea.  And of course, what was a visit to Mamaw’s house without watching at least a few minutes of Oprah.

On the way to school every morning, my dad gives me a pithy, inspirational phrase for the day; something to think about and live by as I go about my daily routine.  Its content varies from well-known quotes to Biblical lessons.  One morning while Mamaw was at our house, Dad asked her if she could provide my thought for that day.  We waited for a moment, expecting her to tell us a profound statement accounting for years of wisdom.  Instead, she remarked “Never do today what you can put off ‘till tomorrow!” before busting into her classic, hysterical laugh.

That’s the most substantial imprint Mamaw left on me: that even when obstacles arise that simply can’t be overcome, a positive, cheerful attitude can brighten any situation.  It may not solve everything, but it sure will make it a whole lot better.  Even during the most painful stages of her cancer journey, while watching American Idol she still cranked out plenty of humorous sarcastic remarks that rivaled anything Simon Cowell could ever criticize.

Mamaw’s infectious joy is what I’ll remember most about her and carry on with me from her legacy.  She always brought an extra dose of laughter with her everywhere she went, making the most of every day and courageously persevering until the very end.



  1. Stephanie Massey says:

    Wow, what a legacy she left behind and what a courageous grandson to keep it alive! I know you are so proud…you have a beautiful family with a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing your story and being so open about this journey. You have touched my life and countless others…for Him. I know your Mom was as proud of you as you are of Blake. Praying for you still….

  2. Special!

  3. Love this, Melissa!
    Gonna memorize “Never do today what you can put off til tomorrow!” Love that!

  4. Jane Dean says:

    Melissa, Today I found your site and have been thoroughly blessed by it. I feel as though I know you having prayed for you and your family these past few weeks. I am part of Wendy’s online Bible reading. I want you to know I will continue to pray for you. I loved the past few days of your posts. How proud I know you are of both of these young folks being able to talk about their MaMaw and share what she meant to them. Jane