In Memory of…


In Memory of Nadia Bagdanov

April 8, 1924 – September 13, 2013


These words were penned by Nadia’s granddaughter Melissa:

If I said that facing the impending death of someone as amazing as my grandma was hard, that would be an understatement. It doesn’t matter how much you try to prepare yourself because the truth is, you’re never really ready to face such a great loss…

As I sit here trying to process it all, her life, her death, the amazing gift of even being able to call her my grandma, the reality of having to live the rest of my life on this earth without her, I find myself overwhelmed at God’s love, His goodness and His perfect timing. Many of you who knew Baba know that she was a very strong, very stubborn woman and she demonstrated that until the very end. The doctors gave her less than week to live, but she and her stubbornness proved them wrong and instead, she lived almost 2 months. Because of that, my family was given a very special gift, a long goodbye…the opportunity to spend precious time with her all the while knowing that every goodbye could be our very last…until it finally was.
I know her memory will live on…we’ll be able to hear her critiquing our varenyiki every Christmas from now on (we promise not to make them look like slugs, Baba…we’ll aim for 5+’s now more than ever ), we’ll still be able to hear her snarky remarks during Dzeda’s speeches before family meals, and her telling us to love each other…something she did so well.

Until we see her again, we mourn our great loss but celebrate her GREAT gain. I have no doubt she heard the words, ‘Well done, good and faithful, servant’ when she entered the presence of her Savior this morning. She truly was an incredible example…an example whose footsteps have been etched so deeply in my life and heart. She will forever be one of my greatest role models and inspirations and I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing legacy.
But words cannot even begin to express how much I will miss her…
I love you SO much, Baba



Please leave any comments here and I will be sure to pass them on to my Dad.  I am sure he would love to hear words of encouragement or remembrance from you.  Mom loved Jesus and was confident in her last days.  She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She will be missed and her words will encourage us for years to come.  The Bagdanov family was blessed by God to have Nadia as our Mom.


I copied this post and information from my brother’s blog. If you live in Southern California feel free to attend my mom’s memorial service. We would be happy to welcome you and see you. I will be away from the computer for the next few days…

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

8 thoughts on “In Memory of…

  1. I loved and respected your mom, Nadia. She was a wonderful, wonderful person. Such a gentle soul. God gave her a long and good life, and now it was time to leave after all her labors on this earth. I know God will say: “WELL DONE, THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.” Your dad is going to miss her unbelievably! I pray God will be his comfort and strength. They were so close! Our condolences to your family.

    Laurine and Walter Semeniuk

  2. What a beatuiful heartfelt tribute from a granddaughter! Ellen, your mom has been a wonderful inspiration and example to not only her kids but the next generation… they rise up and bless her! I love the little stories that speak of her character and can almost hear her. May God’s love ane peace embrace you all this weekend as you celebrate a life well lived and ushered into the glorious presense of our Lord.

  3. Your mom has left a wonderful legacy behind. Her children and grandchildren rise up to call her blessed. Who could hope and live for anything more than that. Praying for peace and comfort as you celebrate your mom’s homegoing with your family.

  4. Ellen, I’m so sorry for yours and your family’s great loss. She sounds like such a special person, and I will keep you and all of her beautiful family in my prayers. Hugs, laurie

  5. A beautiful tribute to your mom. We are holding you up in prayer this week, knowing that God is present with you and He will care for you. May the celebration services this weekend be a blessing to each of you. The memories will be hard and the sorrow shared is sorrow divided.

  6. I love how you’ve honored both your parents in this tribute and many others throughout your blog. God has blessed your family with such devoted parents who are tenacious in their pursuit of His will. May many be touched by the service tomorrow.

  7. Thinking and praying for your Dad tonight. Pray he felt enveloped in love at the service and that love will continue to be shown to him in the coming months. You were blessed to have such a service, where your Mom was celebrated and family was together.
    We didn’t get to have such a time for Bernie’s mom…his Dad said he could not handle having a service for her and Mom requested that we not put Dad through one. No obituary, nothing. It feels so strange.

  8. Pingback: Moisi Timothy Bagdanov (1923-2018) | The Happy Wonderer ~ ellen b.

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