Granny Weatherall can be considered an admirable woman. She got past an early disappointment after being jilted at the altar, married, had children, kept house and raised those children, and therefore fulfilled all the duties she and society felt were required of her. She gave her children a good home, and they have grown into strong and independent people.
However, Granny is a crank. She has allowed the idea of death and regret to overcome her, and has set herself against the people in her life who love her because of this. Although she has prepared herself and has tried to convince herself that she got "my husband just the same and my children and my house just like any other woman," she is so full of regret that she does not recognize her children around her. She seeks God's reassurance at her moment of death, rather than embracing the life she had and reassuring her own children.