My cousin Mary has been my genealogy partner in crime for many years. She recently moved into a smaller place and had to downsize a bit. Yesterday I received a surprise package in the mail.
These are the nursing diplomas of two of my 2nd great-aunts, sisters Ida Leora and Dona Olive Perry. They graduated from the Charity Hospital School of Nursing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1903 and 1907 respectively. My cousin Mary knows that I have a special connection to these two and to their older sister Mary Susan who was also a nurse. My aunt Carolyn gave me a photo of Ida and Dona when I graduated nursing school in 1982. Here they are:
Cousin Mary has this photograph of Ida and Dona.
Ida was always quite the mystery. Cousin Mary and I worked very hard to unravel her story. Here is The Story of Ida Perry.
Here is me at my pinning ceremony in 1982. I hope Mary, Ida, and Dona would have been as proud of me as I am of them. Thank you so much, cousin Mary. I love you dearly and I will treasure these as much as I know you have.