Only One Left


My mother was born October 8, 1908; my father was born November 22, 1907. They married in 1933. My sister Ava Carol and twin, Arda Beth, were born premature on February 5, 1943. Both weighed about 2 ½ pounds. Arda Beth died after 8 short weeks.

My younger brother, Lyle, was born on March 14, 1949 and he died of hemophilia on November 9, 1966 at the age of 17 ½. He basically bled to death internally and at the time, there was nothing that could be done to save him.

My father passed away of a heart attack on July 30, 1981. He was 73 and was teaching school at Huron College the day he died. He taught school for 52 years.

Mother lived to be almost 93. She passed away July 30, 2001 – 20 years to the day that my father died. She had a difficult and often painful life losing two children, enduring several miscarriages and losing her husband in her early 70’s. However, she always maintained a wonderful spirit and lived a life of goodness and grace.

My older sister, Carol, lived to be 68. She died of ovarian cancer on May 6, 2011.

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