The Tacoma Times 26 Dec. 1911
BRAVE MOTHER GIVES XMAS GREETING TO CHILDREN-DIES
     San Francisco, Dec. 26-Mrs. Alva Mervy, mother of children 6 and 9 years old, called her husband to her bedside and requested that the Christmas tree be decorated as planned, and that no word of her death be given the children until after the holiday fun was over. Then the children were called into the room in which their mother lay.
     ‘Merry Christmas, my darlings,’ she said, kissing them.
     Mrs. Mervy died within a few minutes.”
DIED ON CHRISTMAS WITH SMILE ON FACE.
     LOS ANGELES, Cal., Dec. 26-With a smile on his face and the prophesy of years realized, Thomas Wilcox, a fatalist, is dead here today. The fact that he had been born on Christmas day seemed to exercise an influence over his whole career, say relatives, and he was possessed with he idea that the was fated to die on Christmas. When a friend of Wilcox entered his room yesterday the prediction was found true.”  
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