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Mary Edith Frost History

by Evelyn Frost Rush

Mary Edith was a lovely, warm, gentle, and intelligent person. In high school she was the captain of the women's basketball team. She entered college at Hillsdale, Michigan and chose psychology as her major. During summer vacation she returned to her hometown, Warren, Pa. and took a summer job working at the Mental Hospital at North Warren as a means of further studying abnormal psychology. This was apparently where she was exposed to tuberculosis. She became ill with tuberculosis in her third year of college. In those times, it was necessary for TB patients to be isolated in sanitariums to avoid spread of this dreaded disease. Mary spent the rest of her short life in tuberculosis sanitariums until her death in 1945 at the age of thirty-nine.

Mary Edith had a delightful sense of humor which is probably what enabled her to bear her illness so graciously. Tom Moran was a close and favorite cousin of Mary's and they enjoyed corresponding. She never complained of loneliness or boredom but contented herself with improving her mind by reading a great ideal, corresponding regularly, and maintaining friendships with fellow patients and by helping the hospital doctors with clerical tasks. She was the most cheerful person around, both at family gatherings and in the hospital where she resided.

Mary nearly recovered from her illness several times but then always had a relapse. In her final illness she was lovingly cared for by her mother and her Aunt Corinne Vitt who was a registered nurse.

One Sunday morning as she awoke, Mary Edith told her mother she had just had a dream in which someone told her that by next Sunday she would not need any more morphine. She died the following Sunday morning. Shortly after Mary Edith's death, the cure for TB was found and the disease was almost eliminated until an even more deadly form of the disease began to surface in the 1990's.

The letter from Mary Edith to her Grandmother Frost upon learning of the death of her Grandfather Frost provides a glimpse of her life for those who didn't have the privilege of knowing her.

Owner/SourceEvelyn Frost Rush
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