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Long-lost letters reveal 7 sisters’ childhood

When I was 76, I still had six older sisters. I felt so lucky!

But in 2014, I started losing them one by one until I had only Betty left. She had moved from her home in Florence to assisted living in Springfield to be closer to her kids after her husband, Lloyd, died.

I loved to visit her because she was the only one in the world who could answer questions about my childhood. On Aug. 1, we sadly lost her. She would have been 97 on Oct. 28.

After her service, her son asked me if I'd like a box of letters from her apartment. What a treasure trove!

I have spent the past few weeks reading family letters Betty had saved since 1974. Most were from our mom who moved around the country from Kansas, where my dad died in 1965, to California, Arkansas and Texas.

The letters recalled so many family dinner events and commiserated about the high cost of gas and long gas lines and how crazy the world had become. It made me realize that things never change much as the decades go by.

It has been such a treat to read these letters!

Pat Ireland lives in Medford.