“Happy Birthday Sister Mary Emeline!”
Almost twenty years ago, one of my very best friends went to her Heavenly reward , ” Sister Mary Emeline Gander” of the order – “Sisters of Christian Charity” – in Wilmette, Illinois. Sister Emeline’s whole life was a continual prayer. Everything she did – was with “LOVE!”
I first met “Sister Emeline”, while living at the “Orphan’s Home” and was assigned to work for her , in the “BOY’s” dining room. This was in the mid 1940’s – and each of our job assignments lasted six months. Also – -another assigned tour at a year or two right before I was to graduate from the 8th grade… I always enjoyed working for Sister Emeline, six (6) months – and even longer… if allowed.
Sister Emeline became a good friend right away, because she was so nice to talk with, and seem to understand what ever I wanted to say and do – more important she would talk to me as if I was a friend and what ever I had to say – made some kind of sense? She was more friendly than most of the “Nuns” – and that is what I needed – since I missed my own family!
Also, Sister Emeline was one of four (4) sisters and two brothers, who were placed in the same “Orphan Hone ” when her mother died and she was only three (3) years old. All four sisters – joined the Sisters of Christian Charity, her youngest sister, “Sister Mary Alvira”, was my 5th and 6th grade teacher and also became another very good friend – that I kept in touch with until she also went to Heaven.
I miss not having such a good friend – we were always writing and sending stuff back and forth – always the best of communications and up-lifting words – still have every card and letter. So hard to forget your really “good friends” – no matter how long they are gone – but never ever forgotten!
Sister Mary Emeline – “Happy Birthday!” You will always be “Family” to me! D.V.
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