Funeral Arrangements (Gladys)

1943-10-16 (GRY)Letter transcription:


Dear Daddy – No letters today but two yesterday. I had to go to Hufty’s to complete arrangements & Bob showed me the death certificate. It gave carcinoma of Pancreas as cause. I haven’t rec’d the autopsy report yet. Will write you details when I get them. I looked up pancreas & after reading description can understand the case better. No doubt the thing was too far advanced for help when Dr. Cole started on the case. Your mother is here and plans to remain until next week then I want to take her home. J. & M. won’t have school after Wed. (Teacher’s convention). I don’t know who is coming. I wired everyone I thought should have the word. Jim is coming to Laf. tomorrow & Mayrose are going to meet J. & T. at the train & bring them on up here – I was thinking about what you said regarding the prescription I didn’t have filled for John – Well, I know what bromides are and to my way of thinking wouldn’t do John any good. The headaches are gone and the nervousness he displayed for Dr. V. is only under such circumstances – I really got a “kick” out of what you said. I read your recommendations to John about his face treatment & chocolateless diet – He didn’t care for either. His face is some better but don’t worry about squeezing anything on his face – you should know better.
Love Mother

Foster, Emma H. (Laughead) - Death, 1943

Indiana death certificate for Emma Foster, October 1943

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3 thoughts on “Funeral Arrangements (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Oy. In one of the G&S operettas there is the line, “A policeman’s lot is not a happy one.” I guess the same goes for genealogists!

  2. davidmadison1942

    This letter is typical of my parents. There is nothing here about her feelings. Very matter of fact, practical, getting things done that have to be done.

    Here is the documentation I have been wondering about: pancreatic cancer.

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I wish I could get a copy of the autopsy but I fear there would be too much red tape with HIPAA and Indiana’s privacy laws. Let alone figuring out which agency might have a copy!


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