A Mother’s Final Letter to her Daughter

Mary Ann Beckley nee Waspe

A letter by Mary Ann Beckley nee Waspe to her daughter Elizabeth Daisy McCleland shortly before her death on 30th December 1931

 

                                                                                                                           Draaifontein

                                                                                                                            Tuesday

 

My Dear Daisy,

Just a line my dear one, to wish you & all your dear children a happy & prosperous New Year. Thank you & the girls for their Christmas Cards. Tell them from old Granny. Hands shake too much to write letters now but I can still pray to the good Lord to take care of them all.

Mary Ann Beckley nee Waspe

Mary Ann Beckley nee Waspe

I never go anywhere now. I am too old & shaky to go anywhere now. I am just waiting for my call to come & lie beside dear old Dad [Joseph James Beckley]. Do not grieve for me when that time comes. I have no more pleasures in life, only aches & pains.

Joseph James Beckley

Joseph James Beckley

All the people here are fairly well. I am glad to say I am afraid you are feeling this hot weather. It has been so dreadful lately.

Goodbye my dear one with all love of your old mother’s heart from you & your dear children

St Albans Church at Draaifontein where Elizabeth Daisy McCleland married Harry William McCleland on 11th May 1904

St Albans Church at Draaifontein where Elizabeth Daisy McCleland married Harry William McCleland on 11th May 1904

Ever your loving old

Mom

Letter by Mary Ann Beckley nee Waspe to her daughter Daisy McCleland

Letter by Mary Ann Beckley nee Waspe to her daughter Daisy McCleland


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