At the bottom of Gena Branscombe's letter she wrote, “My loving thoughts go out to you –I never forget you. Noone should mind being older, life is just better and better.” The letter’s envelope is post marked May 23, 1968, has 6 cents of stamps on it and is addressed to Mrs. Marie Zieres.
In June 2008 Dan and I drove to Jamestown, NY to meet Marie Zieres, a former Branscombe Choral member. Just weeks before our visit with Mrs. Zieres, the Branscombe Choral scrapbooks had come into my possession. In their protective boxes, the scrapbooks also made the trip to meet Mrs. Zieres. Before our arrival she had brought out her remembrances of being a Choral member – her red choral folder, 45 rpm records and programs of the concerts as well as letters from Miss Branscombe. What a heart-warming visit where I learned a great deal about Gena and her Choral.
Four years ago Mrs. Zieres’s grandson Mark gifted me his grandmother’s red Branscombe Choral folder. Inside were concert programs and a receipt for her membership fee.
A few weeks ago the 1968 letter appeared, again, sent to me from Mark.
And, remember, “Noone should mind being older, life is just better and better.”