Lonely 90-Year-Old Woman Reaches out to Neighbor With Heartbreaking Note

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When you’re an adult, making friends can be really hard. But when you’re elderly, making friends is a lot more harder and often times, debilitating. 

But it doesn’t have to be. A woman on the west coast proved with the utmost compassion that we are able to help one another combat the isolation so many older people feel just by being there for them — or even befriending them.

FOX News affiliate, KTVU-TV reports that Marleen Brooks of California came home to a heartbreaking note from one of her neighbors and decided to do something about it.

The neighbor, a 90-year-old woman living down the street, wrote her a note saying how lonely she was and asked if the two could be friends. Brooks shared the note with the news agency’s reporter, Frank Somerville, who shared it on his Facebook.

“Would you consider to become my friend,” she wrote in the note. “I’m 90 years old- live alone. All my friends have passed away. I’m so lonesome and scared. Please I pray for someone.”

Brooks wrote a caption of her own that Somerville shared on the same message, writing, “Came home to this note from a lady that lives down the street from me. Makes my heart sad, but on the bright side it looks like I will be getting a new friend.”

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And she did exactly that. Going over to the elderly woman’s house in the evening to introduce herself with her cupcakes in hand, Brooks wrote to Somerville after the two met and described how it went.

“She’s such a sweet lady! And she was over the moon when we came over,” Brooks said of the 90-year-old named Wanda, who was hesitant on writing the letter.

Brooks shares that Wanda has three sons and one of them died last year of cancer. The two live far away from their mother, who is on oxygen, battling congestive heart failure, osteoporosis and other ailments.

Somerville shares that Brooks is working to set up a P.O. box so people can send Wanda cards and wrote to his followers, “Change happens one person at a time!”


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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.