One scary thing about dying is leaving all of our loved ones behind.
When a Texas grandmother Jo Marie Perryman, or Jodie as many called her, died, she didn’t want to lose touch with her friends and family. So to remedy the situation she left them all with something to use to get in contact with her: a ouija board.
Jo Marie died of cancer just short of Gracie’s 21st birthday after deciding to forego treatment that might have killed her anyway. It’s always hard to let go of a loved one, but Jo Marie’s gift made her passing a little easier for Gracie and illustrated her notorious sense of humor.
Her clever sense of humor continued even after death, as cards featuring a photo of the 81-year-old making a crazy face and putting her middle fingers in the air were handed out to loved ones.
As if that wasn’t enough she included a little note, “Let’s keep in touch,” and a ouija board for those who dared contact her.
“Everyone was dying, laughing,” Gracie told TODAY. “It was hilarious, because that was so her.”
Gracie further described her grandma as a “firecracker” who could “outwit anybody,” which likely served her well in her long retail career. Jo Marie had actually announced that the Ouija boards would be handed out at the funeral in a Facebook announcement before she passed away on October 12, but Gracie was still surprised when she received a funeral party favor.
“She was hilarious. She had a great sense of humor and a huge heart,” said Gracie. “She loved her family. And she just took care of people around her. She was a great woman.”
Many responded to Gracie’s tweet about her grandmother calling the letter “amazing” and “this is the stuff of LEGENDS!”
“I am so sorry for your loss. However, this is the stuff of LEGENDS! And now, you have it to look at whenever you feel down,” one person responded.
“This is amazing… I am going to do this when I die in honor of your badass grandma! May she rest in peace,” said another.
“The last time I got to talk to my best friend, before ovarian cancer took her, I asked her to send me a postcard from her next adventure. I get little signs every once and awhile. It’s a nice thing so this just make the messaging easier. Brilliant,” one Twitter user wrote.