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 Naldi Joyce Redifer

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Naldi Joyce Redifer

  • Birth 23 Jul 1923 Cottage Grove, Lane County, Oregon, USA
  • Death 14 Aug 1934 Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Myrtle Creek, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
  • Memorial ID 38117990

Joy was eleven years old when she wrote these letters.
Letters from the keepsake box. Copied as written.

Myrtle Creek, Oregon June 12, 1934

Dear Rollin:
I passed in school and will be in the 6th grade next year I only got 2 5's all year in Arithmetic and Phisiolgy but that was 2 to many. we picked blackberries yesterday and got two gallons and a half. Mama made blackberry pie. The old mother cat and one of her babies died because they ate a poison digger but the tom cat is just like a mother himself to the other three cats. we found them down in Uncle Walsons wheat field eating a digger but they haven't died yet. Parkers tom cat came home and talk about leap I bet he can leap 16ft, he sure is skinny, but he hasn't come to the house yet he is sleeping and staying in the barn. (Remember the most who scribbled this) Well good bye till next time Joy Redifer.
P.S. Jewell is sick this morning we think she coming down with the measles. can I have your white dice? Say so if you want them, we have found a new game with them (Cootie)
Myrtle Creek, Or
June 22, 1934

Dear Brother Rollin
We were certainly glad to hear from you. Hope you can get that job you were talking about in your last letter. I passed into the 6th grade easy Jewell has a big blood boil on her leg it sure is terrible. Aunt Beulah went down after Uncle Bud this morn at 3 o'clock, Ruth & Wanda have never seen the ocean this will be their chance. I wrote Lucile a letter this morning ( or rather I am sending it this morning. Mama has gotton 25 qts of wild blackberries canned. we picked yesterday, I picked one gallon up at Parkers, Uncle Vernon is helping Daddy with the mill. The hefers calf is sure big and talk about husky he is the huskiest little devil I ever did see. Well write soon. Lovingly your youngest sister Joy P.S. May I have your white dice? Kisses Hugs


Myrtle Creek , Or
June 22, 1934

Dearest Brother
I sure do like the Tennis Ball you sent me it sure is pretty. but I have gotton it dirty already. Thanks a million times for it and the nice firecrackers. Thanks for that little cap gun you found at school too. You sure did print my name pretty on that ball. Kenneth was up here this morning and I rode down with him and got the pkg. Glad you got the job. May I have your white dice? Aunt Madeline and Uncle Jack said that they would be down for the 4th. I went up and played with the little Bibly girl. Her name is Lara her birthday is March 27 and the little Boys is March 26. The little kids sure are cute esspieclly the little girl Barbara and the little boys name is Merl. Sure had a good time.Please write to me well goodbye till next time. your sister Joy I'll be glad when you come home. Jewell is calling her harp "The Migget".

Joy died a month and a half later. She loved playing "Cootie", I love how at eleven she was wrangling a way to get those White dice!!

Joy's appendix burst, she died the same evening.

My mother never got over losing her little sister Naldi Joyce "Joy", her eyes would tear up each time she spoke of her, she loved her so much, now they are together.

Naldi Joyce Redifer sister to Rollin Delroy Redifer (1914 -1968) and Jewell Maxine Redifer (1919- 1993).
Naldi was buried August 16, 1934.

Research, transcription ,bio by JMB


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