Letters from Sadie

Letters from Sadie

Letters Written by Sadie Claire (Marcum) Montgomery from the Norton, Kansas, Tuberculosis Sanatorium (1932–1933)

Darla Hedrick Quinn


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Darla Hedrick Quinn served as primary caregiver and advocate for her mother, Mary (Montgomery) Hedrick, for eleven and a half years while her mother was a resident at assisted living facilities in Parsons, Kansas, and San Antonio, Texas. After her mother’s passing in April 2020, Quinn discovered letters written by her grandmother, Sadie (Marcum) Montgomery, to her husband, sister, and five children while she was in residence at the Norton State Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Norton, Kansas.
Written in the depths of the Great Depression from 1932 to 1933, these letters home to family record the faith, fears, hope, and love of a wife and mother while suffering from a debilitating illness that would eventually take her life. The accompanying photographs further demonstrate the life and times of her family.
In Letters from Sadie, Quinn shares this collection of letters and photographs along with a caregivers guide to offer insight for other families, telling what life is like when moving to and residing in an assisted living facility. It chronicles part of one woman’s life story, demonstrating a strong love for family and shows opportunities for advocating for a loved one living in a facility.


Darla Hedrick Quinn:

Darla Hedrick Quinn, (shown here with her mother, Mary (Montgomery) Hedrick, Sadie’s only daughter) earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, and her executive MBA from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. She retired in 2008 as executive director, project management at AT&T after a thirty-one year-career. She is an avid book reader and photographer who has traveled extensively and enjoys hiking and golf. Quinn lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Francis, and their toy schnauzers, Turner and Hooch.