Anna Louise Heidke, 1920

A photo of Anna Louise Heidke at age 20 in 1928.
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A photo of Anna at age 20. Love her style!
Mar 29, 2019 · Reply
Billie James
shes a beauty
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Rebecca Hill Higgins
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Suzanne Tate
She was so stylish.
Mar 29, 2019 · Reply
Nelda Rodriguez
Janis Perez Dunlap I think you look a little bit like her!!?? You're an ol soul! That's a good thing :)
Mar 29, 2019 · Reply
Sarah Meier
That's a sad story.
I wonder why she had to die with only 25 years old 😢
Mar 29, 2019 · Reply
I know - although perhaps that wasn't uncommon? I may relate to this story because my own grandmother died in her 20's - around the same time - with 4 young children left behind. Hollis Kroetch Family, Aberdeen, WA
Mar 29, 2019 ·
Sarah Meier
I'm sorry to read that.
Must have been tough for the family.
And maybe you're right... late 20s and early 30s weren't easy times to live in.
Btw: Thank you for your great work! I truly love your page ❤
Mar 29, 2019 ·
Anna Boyer
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AncientFaces My grandmother died at 23 when my mom was 3. She had a severe nose bleed and they gave her the wrong type blood transfusion. So sad.
Mar 29, 2019 ·
Sarah Meier
Omg... can't be true! 😢
I'm so sorry, Anna.
Mar 29, 2019 ·
Pat Rowland Carothers
Her death certificate lists the cause of death as 1-Pulmonary edema, and 2-chronic interstitial nephritis. I'm not medically trained, but the descriptions listed possibly a-congestive heart failure, and b-kidney disease. Maybe linked to some other illness? She sounds like she was pretty sick.
Mar 29, 2019 ·
Marilynn Marlow
Could have been many reasons that she passed away young...accident, an epidemic, child birth, medical treatment not the same as today.
So sorry to hear about your grandmother Ancientfaces...that must have been some nose bleed for them to think she needed a transfusion:(
Mar 29, 2019 ·
Pat Rowland Carothers
Marilynn Marlow I got that information directly from her death certificate.
Mar 29, 2019 ·
Carolyn Hoyt
Lovely photograph.
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Becky Kelly
Love these old pictures.
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Jessica Guinan
My favorite! Too bad there isn't more information available about her life.
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Anne Stokes
she is beautiful, love her hair
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Linda Hempel Lehmann Hay
Anne Stokes I do too. Wish I had curly hair!!
Mar 30, 2019 ·
Maureen Freeson
My Mom,s hair was just like that,she was beautiful.MO.
Mar 30, 2019 · Reply
Ree Young
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Pat, from what I've seen, both pulmonary edema and chronic interstitial nephritis have underlying causes, and there can be a connection. There are non-cardiac causes of pulmonary edema, one of which is kidney disease. The chronic nephritis usually occurs after acute nephritis, and it can be the result of an injury or damage to the kidneys.

I didn't see any months listed for her death or the birth of her last child, but the last baby was born in 1932 and Anna died in 1933. The cause of the two conditions could have been connected to childbirth, especially since eclampsia during pregnancy can cause the interstitial nephritis, or there could have been an injury to her kidneys during childbirth.

Many mothers died during pregnancy or after giving birth...the numbers are still too high, considering the improvement in care, but back then, it was not at all uncommon for a mother to die.

My late husband and I and our boys used to take Sunday drives and look for old graveyards. So many young women died, often with their babies buried with or next to them, and the surviving husband is buried nearby with a second wife. We even saw headstones that showed a third wife after the second also died young. Heart-breaking how hard and short life was back then.
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Bruce Grage
Hey, her son is NOT "deceased himself". My Uncle Harold is still alive and kicking and a great-grandfather.
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