Four years after the Wanda Dench was known Social media As “Thanks Grandma ”- because he accidentally invited a stranger to his mesa, Aris., Home to Celebrate the Holidays – The two shared holiday food for the fifth time on Friday.
This year, however, Dench arrived with an empty seat at the dinner table with his now-honorable “grandson” Jamal Hinden. The 63-year-old Dench lost her husband Loni Corona virus In March. The couple has been married for over 40 years.
“It would be different, my first thanks without him,” Dench said Interview. “My husband has always been behind me and tells me how proud he was of Jamal and me for the things we did.”
In 2016, Dench sent a reminder to his real grandson at his home Thanksgiving party at 3pm, but because he had changed his phone number, the text went to Hinton instead. Despite the mistake, the always hospitable Dench told the then 17-year-old Hinden to join the family anyway.
“You’m not my grandmother,” Hindon texted her at the time. “Can I still get a plate?”
“Of course you can,” Dench replied. “What Grandma is doing … feeding everyone.”
The sentimental-good story went viral, with both families meeting every year for cranberry sauce and stuffing.
“After meeting her for the first time I knew her, she was a different person, age is really a number,” said the now 21-year-old Hinton Dench. According to The New York Times. “It doesn’t matter. You can be friends with anyone, you can be family with anyone.”
Due to the risks of infection, the two decided to celebrate a week-long holiday earlier this year. They also had a little more celebration than usual, but made sure to keep Loney’s photo on the table and keep their “family” whole.