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Letter from Kate Read to Margaret Milne
Letter from Kate Read to Margaret Milne
TitleLetter from Kate Read to Margaret Milne
DescriptionTypewritten letter from Kate Read to Margaret Milne detailing the death, funeral, and burial of Kate's mother, Ophelia Read. One page, single-sided
Transcript You have doubtless got the note telling of our precious Mother and Grandma's passing over the river, where she is waiting and watching for us, and where she is with her Saviour whom she loved and trusted, and with her dear parents, sisters and little son and many others whom she longed to see. Our loss is overwhelming; but we are trying to think only of her wonderful joy and happiness and release from all suffering and sadness.
She was as well as usual the day before; but about 11oc' at night she was taken very ill with dreadful pain all over her; they sent for the Dr. but on account of the bitter night and the Dr. age and lameness, she could not go to them but she told the over the telephone what to do and the remedies relieved her; She said, "Oh, I am better, I feel relieved", and urged Auntie Minnie and Grandpa to go and lie down; but they said, "No". Almost immediately she said "Oh, I feel so dizzy" and a little gurgling sound in her throat and she was gone. They could not belive it worked over her for an hour before they could be convinced that it was really so.
At four o'clock they telephones to us and to Mabel, and we both went to them on the first trains we could get. Grank went with me.
Uncle Herbert, Frank and Bertie selected a nice casket of gray and we selected her black silk dress and a pretty chiffon collar and vest. She looked beautiful, beautiful. We fixed her hair as she always arranged it and she had a lovely peaceful smile on her lips. Everybody said how lovely she looked.
Sunday afternoon, Aunt Ada, Cousins Georgie and Sam Baker, Will and Lizzie Read, Ben and Jessie Read and many friends and neighbors of Auntie Minnie's called and Aunt Mable's children came to see her.
Monday they had a short service at 10 o'clock and we went in automobiles to the Santa Fe train to bring her precious body to its last resting place.
Papa, Dwight, Flora, Frank, Irene, Agnes, Dorothy, Uncle Jim, Uncle Walter, Uncle Herbert Belle, and Clarence, all met us at the depot in Lockport and at the Chicago or Dearborn St. depot, Aunt Margaret, Uncle Chas., Aunt Agnes, Albert, Gertrude and Gordon Rice met us. Cousin Sam Baker came early to Aunt Minnie's and with us all the way.
We came in hacks and carriages to the church, Mr. King and Mr. Frame conducted the service and Mrs. Hughes sang three beautiful songs – "Face to Face" and "Abide with Me", and another from the hymnal that was lovely too; but I do not know the name. Then we went from the church to the cemetery, where we laid her in the lot Grandpa bought last summer.
The pall-bearers were Papa, Uncle Herbert, Uncle Herbert Bell, Uncle George, Elmer, and Dwight.
The flowers were beautiful, and many. Then we came home where Mrs. Senna and the girls had prepared a good meal. Every body was hungry as we had had no opportunity for any thing to eat except a little lunch on the train.
All of the Chicago folks went back on the Santa Fe train at 5-45.
Grandpa stayed and Uncle Jim and Uncle Walter went the next day and Flora went with them for a visit.
She had expected to go sometime in Feb. and we all urged her to go with her father. Irene has been and is so good. She told Flora if she would go now she would help here.
Grandpa did not come prepared, with change of clothes, to stay very long and plans to go back to Aunt Minnie's tomorrow. I don't know how long he will be there; but I think he will be back here before very long. We hope so, for we want him.
Aunt Maud was too sick to go to the funeral. She has pneumonia and is very ill.
SubjectRead, Ophelia; Read, Kate; Milne, Margaret
Dimensions8 in. x 10 1/2 in.
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University 2013
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5579 or 815-836-5665.
CollectionRobert Hawley Milne Papers (Lewis University)
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