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Written by Claudia Worth   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
With the passing of another long time Wheat Ridge Historical Society member, I wanted to let you know about the necessity of having a will. Without an updated will on hand how will your family know your wishes for the disbursement of your property. I have seen families torn apart by the lack of a will and it is not a good thing to witness. What happens when you have no family and no will? The state handles your property sale and hires a service to sell your things.

Recently we were brought several boxes of old pictures from the estate of Edward & Eloise (Leech) Kessinger, the estate sale manager just could not bring herself to put these pictures into the trash so she brought them to the Historical Society last week. The Kessinger home was at 4055 Kendall St. the estate manager was told there were no relatives to claim the inheritance. So if you know anyone with a connection to Edward Kessinger and / or Eloise Leech – Kessinger of Wheat Ridge please let them know to contact the Wheat Ridge Historical Society soon. If you knew Edward or Eloise perhaps you could help to identify some of the people in the pictures. The pictures were dated but had no names.

This brings me to my winter project, this summer my brother died unexpectedly and I was looking thru my photo albums to find some pictures to share. I have some pictures of high school friends and while I know the name of many there are a few who I have no idea what their name might be. Guess I will have to do some research when I go to organizing my photos. I think I might use mailing label stickers on the back when I put the name and date on these pictures so future generations can see who was who.  Labeling the people in your photo albums could be a great family project this upcoming holiday season.

My other winter project will be to go thru our home and make note of the items I want given to friends and family upon my death. I have a will but the items inside the home are not listed. Who would know that I want Grandma Bradford’s pearls to go to the youngest Bradford girl when I die.  If it is not written down who will end up with this family heirloom?  Perhaps those mailing labels will come in handy again. I can put who I want it to go to right on the item.

So take time this winter to make things easier on your family and friends, make a will, list those items you want to give to friends and family. Also label those pictures for future generations!   Remember, Antique items, old Wheat Ridge Area photographs, year books and other memorabilia can be preserved for the future by donating them to the Historic Society. 

The WRHS lost a longtime member on September 9th when Doris Ibbison died. She was on the city council of Wheat Ridge in the past; she was very active with the WR Senior Center now the Adult Active Center and was a member of women’s clubs in the area. Funeral services for Doris will be September 29, 2017 at 10 am at the Wheat Ridge Methodist Church.

Janet “White” Bradford

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