|Harriette Mary (Hattie Mai) Shumate|
abt 1881 - 1956
Postmarked January 15, 1957
333 Ivanhoe St., Jan. 15
Dear Virginia and Family:
Thank you for you kind letter of sympthy (sic). We were under the impression that Sittie (We haven't identified which person is Sittie but her name appears in several letters.) would notify promptly all concerned in the Memphis are.
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Not long after that Hattie Mai called her, with her little bedside bell, and said "earlene let's change my gown and freshen up the bed". As soon as that was finished, she patted Earlene on the cheek and said "you have been so good to me" and slumped over. Earlene called me "Come quickly", and Harriette and Allison (These are Hattie Mai's two children from her first marriage to a man with the last name of Tyler. Allison is a boy.) and Martha Belle (Martha Belle Shumate Baum is her sister and has a story of her own. We are still trying to find out when she passed away and where.), and I called her Doctor (Buchanan). We all got here at about the same time (15 minutes or so), but it was too late.
|Hattie Mai Shumate and|
Charles Bowdon Kingry
She was beautiful in her favorite dress, a powder blue lace, with pearl beads necklace and ear rings and a white orchid, and her hair-do was just perfect. We invited about fifty close friends and twelve honorary pall bearers (mostly Doctors). An eloquently beautiful and most comforting Service. "Life is eternal. There is no death of the Divine Spirit. No beginning. No end, insofar as real values are concerned." We asked that no flowers be sent, but in lieu thereof, that donations could be sent to the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation, Colo. National Bank Bldg., as a memorial to her. But, many beautiful flowers were sent. We placed and arrangement of many red roses (her favorite Happiness rose, something like American Beauty) at either end of the casket, and a blanket of 120 such rosebuds and Lilies of the Valley.
After a brief service at the Chapel in beautiful Fairmount Cemetery, with just the family, her mortal remains were cremated, and the following Saturday afternoon we had a sweet, but brief interment of her remains in a beautiful bronze Grecian urn, placed in a family niche, with glass front and bronze frame and fittings, the floor of the niche draped in her favorite bright red velvet. She did not want her date of birth or age stated in any of the records, bless her proud soul, -- so the old English style of engraving on the urn
HARRIETTE MARY KINGRY
Died Nov. 20, 1956
Wife of Dr. Chas. B. Kingry
Mother of Harriette and Allison Tyler
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I go to the Mausoleum -- a large beautiful Greek Temple on a gently hill overlooking the Cemetery and toward the Rocky Mountains -- Beautiful White marble interior -- Sundays after Church, and replace the flowers, usually red carnations, and commune with her "Blithe Spirit" which has always been my conception of her, and especially sice she has been released from the cares, suffering and disability of this earthly existence.
We have sold the other house, just recently, and have this house up for sale. Don't know just what living arrangements I shall make, apartment, at the Club or something -- It doesn't see so important now.
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Harriette divorced Albert Crumbaugh after a long and unsuccessful effort to make a success of their marriage. Had adopted Dorris, (9), and Charles Michael, (5), now, I mean. Both wonderful children. She married James Samuel Gutshall last June. They are very happy. He and his brother own a good Tent & Awning business here.
My work keeps me busy, and I try to seize whatever opportunities the Lord reveals to me to be of service to those who need it, over and above purely medical matters.
Macki (Macki is her sister Frances McLean Shumate MacPherson) was here with us for the Services. She owns a nice little home in a very scenic location in Banning, Calif., and has enough from Gov't. Insurance and Pension to live on.
Martha Belle has a apartment and has one of her widow friends to share it with her. Address 1225 E. 9th Ave., Apt. 10.
Hattie Mai loved you, in return, and great respect for you and Louise and Maybell.
She was the greatest person I ever knew -- the main works in this organization, Kingry & Co., and all I could possibly be and do were far less than she deserved. My loss of her physical presence is difficult to bear, but I am resigned to God's will in terminating her illness and disability before it became too much for her to tolerate cheerfully and bravely. She never gave up. Her Bible marker, I find, was at the 3rd chapter of The Acts.
|Hattie Mai Shumate|
I am enclosing some color prints which show how we looked in our home before she began to have the disabling effects of arthritis. I would like you to keep whichever one of her you like best and return the others. She means so much to me that I want all who lover her to know of her as she was, and to have some picture or memento of her.
I do hope to have the pleasure of seeing and getting to know you and all your fine family, and you certainly have my cordial invitation to visit us here if you ever come this way.
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You probably remember Annie Laura (Pretty) Campbell of Dyersburg. She has lived here for years. Lost her husband, John, a year ago. She and Hattie Mai were great friends and she was very kind and attentive during her illness, and has been a great help during these trying times.
Bertha Minning of Dyersburg (Mrs. Nat Green, 4350 Middlesex, San Diego, Calif.) kept in touch with Hattie Mai in recent years. She lost her husband several months ago.
Harriette and Allison send their love. She appreciated your letter greatly and will write you soon. Her address is 2300 Poplar St.
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|Memorial pamphlet from Hattie Mai Shumate Kingry's funeral.|