Thomas a Mathews (1917) - letter to his family after the death of his wife

I guess that I have to break down and write if this family letter is to function.

I have had a cold ever since the funeral. I just hold on to make me feel miserable.

Thanks to all of you for coming to say goodbye to your mother. It made it easier for us all to endure the sorrow and we can now have some remembrance of each other.

I love you mother very much. It seems that half of me isn’t here anymore. It was her doings that you all were able to go to college, etc. When Tom was called on his mission, she willingly gave up the things she enjoyed doing to leave the home and work to help give you kids the things that you wanted but I could not afford to give you. She kept sacrificing for her children and her grandchildren until her death.

I think the greatest tribute we can pay to her is to live such lives that we will be able to go to her in the Celestial Kingdom; for that is where she is going to be.

I guess Ann and Craig are well along in their wedding plans. Carl and Susan have been in a …. (can’t read). They did go to Baltimore yesterday to take furniture and a hot water heater. I hope they make a nest where they can be happy.

I hope each of you can face the problems that come up and overcome them.

I do love each of you.

Dad