Slowly working my way through these unexpected letters from our “Texas Cousins”. The first letter was dated 30 September 1972, where my Aunt Eleanor told of the accident that involved one of my cousins. The very next letter, in order, was dated 12 August 1970, new year earlier, from her sister Anna to Jody and Mary.
She tell of the happy arrival home, from Turkey, of the same Kenny and his wife Edie. The “U-Haul” was involved, as with the first letter, but this time it was Ken and Edie packing and moving to Omaha.
Other news including the story about Eleanor’s daughter Bernice’s wedding of 31 July 1970, and the role Anna’s children would play in that wedding.
This picture was taken in Ocean City, New Jersey, of Anna and Eleanor, so the sisters were close even back then.
The major part of the letter was about their mother, my Grandmother. When Anna and her husband returned to West Chester, they had a phone call from their brother Bob, letting Anna know that Mother hadn’t been feeling well and “the Dr. ordered her to the hospital”. The saddest part was “Mother’s eyes are so dim so, I doubt if she will be able to write much more – if at all”.
I am sure that the rest of the letters will be the letters that my Grandmother had been sending to Jody and Mary, and Anna was letting them know that there probably wouldn’t be many more.
My Grandmother would die 3 month’s later.
She closes the letter telling the Texas Cousins that Ken and Edie had found a trailer to live in, very close to the Air Force base and that Ken has a job lined up at a Honda Shop. That job would cost him his life in 1972.