To The Daily Sun,
Our sincerest thanks to the towns of Bristol and Alexandria New Hampshire.
It's not every day you must thank entire towns but, given the way in which my sister and I were treated by everyone, thank you is the least we can say.
My name is Kendra Trujillo Bradberry and my sister Deedra Eckhoff, wish to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our parents, Nancy and Ken Trujillo retired to Bristol/Alexandria in 2001. As a native New Englander, our mother hungered to return home. So when retirement approached, New Hampshire became their final stop after a Navy lifetime of moving and travel. Mom and Dad had 14 wonderful years in your lovely community but on Dec. 25, 2014, Ken Trujillo died at 77. Only five months and five days later, our Nancy died at 66.
As you can imagine, the stress of losing both parents so closely together was nearly crippling. Because we both live so far from New Hampshire (Utah and Arizona respectively), we had to rally and take care of our parent's affairs in less than a week.
This letter is to express our profound gratitude to all those who helped us through this incredibly difficult time. And, to share the angels that live among you in the wonderful towns of Bristol and Alexandria. Although there were countless folks who were kind, below are those that truly saved our sanity. If you ever need any of these services, I implore you to go nowhere else.
Thank you to...
— Emmons Funeral Home: Cindy at the Emmons Funeral Home was a genuine guardian angel. Last year she spent Christmas Day taking care of our father and five months later, mother. We cannot thank her enough for her patience, commitment but most importantly the loving attention she provided me and my sister. We will be forever grateful.
— Henry Whipple house: Each time in Bristol I had the pleasure of staying at the Henry Whipple House. Sandra has always treated me like an honored guest. Her Bed & Breakfast must be ranked of one of the best in New England. Once she learned of our parents, she was quick to offer help by way of calling about recycling and offering to let us use painting materials. She was truly a comfort in a difficult time.
— Baker Valley Floors: We met the owner, Karen, and explained our extreme timelines. Given we were out of state and had to get our parent's house ready for sale, Baker Valley Floors bent over backward to help us get the materials we needed in less than 24 hours, including the installation crew. Special thanks to Jason and Tom for working so hard for three days straight.
— Kenny's Kennels: Mom and Dad were avid dog lovers. They found a home away from home with Kenny's Kennels. We donated a dog bed and the owner personally thanked us and offered condolences. They knew my parents well and spoke very kindly of both Mom and Dad.
— Bristol Diner: It's shameful to say we didn't learn anyone's name, but they must be mentioned as they knew just how my sister loved her home fries with onions and peppers. The coffee was flowing and they were respectful of our daily planning sessions. Keeping us fed with wonderful food gave us the energy we needed!
— Minot Sleeper Library: My mother's connection to every town was the local library. Special thanks to Cindy who attended both services. But, her life-saving contribution was taking my mother's books for a local event. Mom would have been ecstatic to know her books went to the library.
— Diane and Phil: We had the pleasure of meeting the neighbors on our last visit. Our parents were not much in way of visitors as they had so much family; which is a true shame because Diane and Phil are amazing people. Within hours of learning our situation, they rallied 18 kids from their church youth group who swept in and packed, cleaned and organized the whole house in less than two hours. They are even looking after the house during the sale. We cannot thank them enough for all their help.
— Henry: We also want to mention Henry. He was not only the helper with odd home improvement jobs but a friend to the family. Henry found time to attend both services. That meant a lot to us.
Kendra Bradberry & Deedra Eckhoff
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