Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Abigail Van Buren

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Abigail Van Buren

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Dear Abby: Regarding the letter from the widower who contemplated keeping one of his wife's rings to give to a "Miss Perfect" should he meet her:

My parents were divorced when I was 2 years old. I was reared by my father and my aunt. Mother died of cancer at age 48. I had lunch with several of her friends before the funeral, and they told me that Mom wanted me to have her pearl earrings. The fact that she had thought of me was overwhelming in my time of grief. I spoke to my stepfather about the earrings, and he said: "No one touches her jewelry. You can't have them."

When my older brother sent some photographs of my stepfather and his new bride, I noticed she was wearing my mother's earrings. No one can put a price on how much those earrings would have meant to me. HER ONLY DAUGHTER

My condolences to you on the loss of your beloved mother. Your stepfather's insensitivity was inexcusable. …

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