Shared Photo: Helen Fry with son Billy West Keay

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I wanted to share this family photo of Helen Fry with the community. Helen was my grandmother. In this photo she is posing with her son (and my mom's brother) Billy West Keay. Sadly, Billy died of Tubercular Meningitis at age 11, just a few years after this photo was taken.

Location: Everett Washington. Date: 1929.
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Your mom in law and Billy look like awesome family, sorry to hear he died  under those circumstances, very sad, but a thing of those times!

I also lost a lot of family in that time, so sad but those times were hard for everyone.
by Shaun Doust G2G6 Pilot (345k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
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What a gorgeous photo Bart of your wife’s mother and son Bill, the photo are really cute of them both

Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo
by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.9m points)
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What a sad story. Reminds me of how fragile life was and is. Bart, I think it’s great you have a photo of Billy.  Nobody should be forgotten.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
Thanks for your poignant comments Pip. About once a year my wife and I visit the graves of family members who came before us. Billy is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Everett Washington. His grave is under an ancient flowering cherry tree. Very fitting for a young boy taken too soon.
I do the same, Bart. My grandfather, the ninth child, has a brother, the tenth, who was who died at 2 1/2. My grandfather was five at the time. I only saw my grandfather cry twice in my life, and one of those was when he shared that memory burned into him of his brother’s death. Little Bracken is buried in a small cemetery with no other relative nearby. On those trips I take to visit with my ancestors, I make sure Bracken’s grave is one that I see. He died in 1895.

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