W6680 TO THOMAS BAKER MCQUESTEN from a friend Helen E.R. Locke
Apr 12 1911
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario
From: Pine Tree Inn, The Inn in the Pines, Lakehurst, N.J.
I heard from Mother this evening--and of your loss.1 I knew it must come soon and yet I cannot realize it.
I did not know how much I loved her till that day last Fall when I said good bye and felt it really was good bye. I cannot tell you and I am sure I need not try for you must know how I sympathize with you. There is only One we can go to and He understands it all without our even telling Him--and she is at rest and free from all pain. And what a comfort it must be to know how happy she was being at home and seeing all so often. She spoke of it to me and said, "And Dear Old Tom comes up every day if it is only for a few minutes." You don't mind me repeating that now?
And still I can't believe I am writing about Ruby. I can't write these letters, Tom. I can't put it into words what I feel. But I want to send you the very deepest sympathy.
From your sincere friend,
Helen E.R. Locke
1 Tom's sister, Ruby Baker McQuesten died of Tuberculosis on April 09, 1911 in a small cottage on the Hamilton Mountain. She had been a great help to Tom in working as a teacher to put him through university. For more on Ruby see W6135. Also for a brief Bio of Ruby or of Tom, go to the Home Page, click on Family and then click on Ruby's or Tom's picture.