Yesterday afternoon I learned that Elvera had died at the age of 85, so, naturally, she has been on my mind. I believe this is her high school graduation picture. She was the daughter of Dad's Uncle Leslie Duncan and his wife, Ethel Harris Duncan. Born March 28, 1926, she was almost nine years younger than my Dad, but the two families were always close.
My Aunt Leona and Elvera were classmates as well as cousins. In this photo, taken in April, 1941, the girls were fifteen years old. There was almost as much 'sibling rivalry' between these two as if they were sisters - close most of the time, but jealous of one another at other times. In the 1960's after Aunt Leona's family had moved to Phoenix, Elvera was very close to my Grandma Bessie (her aunt) which may be part of the reason my folks and Elvera and her family remained close. Dad and Elvera's husband, Frederick, both loved to fish. The two families trekked to Glenwood, MN a couple of times on summer vacation fishing trips.
Tomorrow evening I will attend visitation for Elvera. I will take these pictures along to give to her children. We will talk and remember when we were young. I'll tell them how much I always liked their mother. And perhaps we'll mention how few there are left of the Duncan cousins - just as we always do when there is a death in the family.