July 24, 2018

Lonely elderly woman sends neighbor touching letter asking for her friendship

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When 37-year-old Marleen Brooks received a letter one day from a house across the street, which she had assumed to be empty, her life changed.

A lonely 90-year-old needed company and decided to write the letter to her neighbor, according to CBS Sunday Morning.

Brooks, a property manager from Park Hills, Missouri, came back home to find a letter waiting for her. When she opened it, it broke her heart and it had such an impact that she carried it wherever she went.

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The 37-year-old woman was devastated reading the letter and it certainly changed her life.

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She said that she had just come back home one April evening and had not expected that the letter would bring in so many changes.

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The letter read, 'Mrs. ?, Would you consider to become my friend? I'm 90 years old - live alone and all my friends have passed away. I am so lonesome and scared. Please - I pray for someone.'

The letter was written by a lonely 90-year-old Wanda Mills. Brooks noticed that the return address was from a house across the street, a house she had assumed was empty.

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The woman was touched by Mills' outreach and decided to visit her the very next day. The elderly lady was shocked at seeing Brooks over at her home. She then even bought some pancakes for her new friend.

It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that even continued when Mills was transferred to a nursing home. Brooks would visit her at least four times a week, bringing along her husband and her children.

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The letter did not just change Brooks’ life, but also Mills, who said that her visits helped her. She said, "Well, it helps. Somebody sent her. God sent her."

The experience felt like redemption for Brooks as she had always regretted not spending time with her grandmother. 

The property manager did not stop there. She went on to help other seniors by starting a group called Pen Pals for Seniors.

She felt that it could be anybody in Mills' situation. She strongly believes that nobody should ever feel lonely in their closing years. 

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