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Alice Millicent Jurgensen Forbes
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Birth: Jun. 2, 1896
Stark County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 11, 1954
Saratoga Center
Marshall County
Illinois, USA

Mortuary Record Cox Funeral Home

The family secret we never talk about.
Alice Forbes was my Grandmother, she committed suicide.
My Mother was 25 years old with a 11 month old baby at home, recovering from an emergency cesarean (my birth 4/26). Your newborn is 3lb 9oz premature baby still an incubator at the hospital. In 1954 the survival rate was not good. Your mother is 2,033 miles away and commits suicide.
No wonder Mom didn't want to talk about her Mother. What pain it must have been for her.
Now why did Grandma commit suicide. The information below is from family letters.

1954: Grandma Forbes suffered from severe pain caused by a "floating kidney and bowel misery" her words (letter dated 4/27/1954). Her Autopsy showed adhesion in her abdomen. Grandpa had taken her to see over 25 different doctors and had spent thousands of dollar trying to help her. They were doing electric shock therapy. The doctors wanted to commit her into a mental institution, they couldn't find the cause of her severe pain,they said "it must be in her head." (Explained in a letter from her daughter Darlene)

1979: My best friend was told by doctors her sickness "must be in your head"then they discovered she had Lupus. I can't help but wonder what they might have found with Grandma with all the medical discoveries since 1954.

If you are a family member and want copies of these letters please feel free to contact me. I have a letter from Grandma to Rev. Cole asking them to watch over my mom, and from Grandpa and Aunt Darlene discussing the funeral and Grandma leading up to her death.

I have worked hard linking family on Find A Grave. If you use this information, Please put Find A Grave as your source. I have seen researchers take down their sites because people claiming their work. I Appreciate Find A Grave for having this forum available to the public, but please give credit where credit is due. Thank You 
Family links: 
  Barney Jurgensen (1861 - 1901)
  Emma Peterson Jurgensen (1861 - 1947)
  Walter Willard Forbes (1893 - 1960)*
  Alice Darlene Forbes Zeglen (1920 - 1980)*
  Walter Leonard Forbes (1921 - 1979)*
  Dorothy Forbes Stringer (1923 - 2006)*
  Mary Jean Forbes Whatley (1928 - 1986)*
  John Richard Jurgensen (1888 - 1942)*
  Harry Mathis Jurgensen (1892 - 1966)*
  Alice Millicent Jurgensen Forbes (1896 - 1954)
  Selina M Jurgensen Ryan (1898 - 1966)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Memorial Gardens
Henry County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Carol
Record added: Feb 02, 2013
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Alice Millicent <i>Jurgensen</i> Forbes
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Grandma-Rest In Peace
- Carol
 Added: Sep. 8, 2013

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