The Scrappin Genealogist

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fearless females: day #11

Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

I've had two ladies in my family that have passed away before their times. The first was my great great grandmother Alice Amelia Kirwin Folden and the second is my great aunt Veda Marie Fogle.

My great great grandmother Alice Amelia Kirwin Folden passed away at the age of 28 years old, leaving behind three children. Alice was born in Ohio on 11 August 1863 and died 18 July 1892. Her oldest child, who was my great grandmother, was only 11 years old. Her other children were nine and seven. I have never heard of any affects this had on the family, however, I can only imagine how tragic it would be to lose your mother at that young an age, especially when there were two daughters.

Here's a photo a Alice taken on her wedding day to my great great grandfather, Charles William Folden. They were married on 30 October 1880.

The other woman that passed away too early was my great aunt Veda Marie Fogle. Veda was only 19 years old when she passed away in a car accident. She was born 27 June 1922 and passed away 21 September 1941. Her passing was an awful time for my great grandparents. Veda was their first child to proceed them in death, and my great grandmother mourned her for the rest of her life. Veda was a beautiful young woman, and her tragic death is something that her parents and siblings never really got over.

Here is a photo of Veda, taken shortly before her death.

I am sad that these ladies had to die so soon. Their lives were just beginning. My great great grandmother never got to see her children grow up and have their own families, and I think that is terribly sad. My great aunt never got to fall in love or get married, and knowing that she passed away so young, and alone, makes me feel very sad. But, I am thankful to have them in my family, and to know that they are in a better place reunited with loved ones.


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