JOHANNA DUFFUS SHORT - AGE 105
Joey 105 years old.
LETTER FROM MABLE HEATHER
4th April 1965
You will be surprised to hear that Mamma passed away on the 25th March and was cremated at eastbourne after a service at our English church on 30th March.
My four children with one wife & husband, a nephew & his wife came so it was quite a crowd of us to be there. We were not sad, as she was wanting to go & lately her breathing became difficult. It turned out to be bronchitis & then pneumonia, the last couple of days & she gradually went. Fortunately the nurse, who helped us, was able to came in for extra time the last 4 days, so I was bale to lie down for extra rest.
The doctors thought she was in very good condition. One said he was honored to have attended one so old. Everyone had a good word to say of her. About 20 friends came to the Church service. My eldest daughter, Claire, has stayed to help me spring clean the little bedroom.
Her son & his friend had been walking in France & they have dropped in here on the way back. They are university students. Claire is going home today & the boys tomorrow. It has tided over the sudden being only two of us.
We miss her a lot, but now will be able to get out together & plan a holiday on the Continent in late September.
Mamma still kept her 3 working books from school when they wrote "copperplate." I thought you might like one -- I will send it later.
Your letter came after Mamma died. I'm sorry you haven't been well, but hope you are better again.
Thank you for your enclosures. I expect you will enjoy your sunrise service. I hope the sun is there to welcome you. I shall think of you then. Shall look forward to your letters now & then.
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