A great-grandmother’s letter

I have started researching my genealogy and have become quite intrigued by it. My grandmother had saved this letter from her mother, my Nana. I find it very heart-warming.

 

Dear Children,

I’ve had a lovely life with you all. You’ve been all good to me and I loved you all. Please pray for me and if it’s possible, please have my funeral in my old church, “Lady of the Lakes”, where I was baptized, made my first communion and where I used to sing in the choir. I’ll probably see the pastor there and ask him if I get the chance.

Take each what you want of my worldly goods. Give Gail and Lisa my sewing machine and my small radio and when they play it tell them to think of me. Divide my canned goods among you. My clothes, use what you can and give the rest to Legion Aug. for rummage. Give my afghan to Elsie, the one I won. Give my young friends each something from Blair. Sally, write to Blair and tell them I’ve retired. Don’t forget. Tell Sonny I’m sorry things turned out as they did. I thought a lot of Sonny and wish him luck and good health. Give John my record player and records if he wants them. It needs a new needle, ha! Give Elsie my little gadgets on the fridge. Sally, you can have your washing machine back, it’s still going good.

Will you put my poppy dress on me with the red poppies on it? Put the lace top under it so they can’t see my skinny arms. Ha! Take whichever you can use and give the rest to the Salvation Army. I have so much junk to leave you, use what you can. I guess that’s all I can tell you.

Good bye my children and grandchildren. Be good kids and visit me when ever you can. I loved you all. Have each a good life and be happy.

All my love, Mom and Nana.

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