Pauline Lay Coldeway was my maternal grandfather's sister. She met a tragic demise. She was born in New York City on July 10, 1890. My mother and her brother called her "Auntie Pearl". She married August Coldeway, who by all reports was an abusive spouse. She disappeared in December 1935, and on January 4, 1936, my grandfather received a note from her. The note read: "Dear Ted, Sorry for my act. Please forgive me also your dear family. I hope he is satisfied now."
My grandfather filed a missing persons report, but the police never found her or her body, and the case was closed. It was presumed by all that she probably jumped off one of the New York City bridges and drowned.
My grandfather acquired Auntie Pearl's engagement ring which was a small diamond. When my parents got engaged, he gave the diamond to my mother to use for her engagement ring. My mother wore that ring until she died in 1994. She left Auntie Pearl's ring to me. My mother had it in a white gold setting which was a bit out of date, so I had it reset in yellow gold with two small sapphires on each side. Although I never knew Auntie Pearl, I always felt a bit of a connection to her.
This is a dark page, because it's about a dark subject. I only had a poor copy of the picture, so I did the best I could with it, leaving it small and only showing a part of it. I made an envelope and tucked it behind the doily. I then put a copy of Auntie Pearl's note, along with her story in the envelope. The beautiful metal bird charm in the upper left, and the lovely flower square in the lower right, were sent to me, along with some other goodies, by one of dear Aussie friends, "asophios". Big hugs to Angela.
I've been under the radar on this site for a number of weeks, and will probably be for some more. I've been busy working with a new computer with Windows 8 and I'm finding that there's quite a learning curve. I'm also spending a lot of time with my new Rosetta Stone program trying to re-learn Spanish. I'm sorry if I haven't commented on your latest layouts and cards, or if I don't leave a comment on a future layout. There are only so many hours in the day. I'll continue to follow your work and leave comments to the extent I can and will post when I can too. Scrapbooking is too much of a priority for me to let it fall off the radar indefinitely.