Thanks to some kind readers pointing me in the right direction, I now have Thelma’s death certificate.
I had looked at My Heritage, FamilySearch, NEHGS, etc., but I hadn’t checked Ancestry. I don’t have an personal account, so I went to my local library and used the Library Edition. And, that’s where it was.
Thelma passed away on September 3, 1911, of typhoid fever, just one day after the last postcard we have from Charlie about her:
9/2/1911, from New Bedford, MA: Dear Mother. I telephone to Thelma every night and she is still about the same except last night she had a slight hemorrhage but has not bled any more since. We are still hoping for the best. I will see you next week some time. Charlie
She was gone the next day, only three days short of her 19th birthday.
And, while death certificate does give me more information, it also raises even more puzzling questions.
Thelma’s name is given on the DC as “Berthelma H.” Her maiden name is “Page.” Neither of which are on the marriage license dated February 10, 1910. The bride’s name there is “Anna L. Backus.”
Is it possible that there was another Charles L. Keene from Massachusetts, who married this Anna, in St. Joesph, MO at the same time that my Grandpy and Thelma were also in St. Joseph?
Or, did she give a fake name, as she was underage? And, then, who was “Mrs. Mary Handley/Haudley” who signed permission as Anna’s mother? It’s interesting that on Thelma’s DC, the information for her mother and father are marked as “unknown.”
Thelma was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, MA, where many more members of my family are buried.
I need to go visit her.