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“SARAH ELSIE MAYER” by JTK.CA ::: Newspaper portion by SENIORS TODAY + my story of how she lived with us for five years, late in her life.


The image above is an article about Sarah Elsie Mayer, from a small newspaper called SENIORS TODAY, based in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. The article above is not written by me, but everything below is.

Miss Sarah Elsie Mayer was an elderly retired nurse who lived with us in Coxheath (Sydney), Nova Scotia, Canada, for five years (circa 1976-1981), when I was a kid. Dad was pastoring a church in Sydney.

When Miss Mayer was still a nurse, she had a dream one night about a very specific and rare complication in childbirth. She woke up, looked for and found medical literature on the problem. Later on, while she was helping a woman give birth, this exact complication took place, and she knew exactly what to do, saving both the baby and mother.

Miss Mayer delivered around one thousand babies and never lost one. She worked in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in Newfoundland.

For more than the last decade and a half of their lives, my parents lived in a condo tower in Guelph (pronounced “Gwelf”), Ontario, Canada. In their building, Dad once talked to a couple who used to live in Newfoundland. He mentioned Miss Mayer, and they responded, “Oh, yeah! She’s famous!”


We were in the car when Dad parked in a Fire Zone at the Hospital. I remember scolding him; “Dad you can’t park here! There could be a fire, so it’s reserved for emergency vehicles!” Then came Miss Mayer’s classic scold to me, “He’s the pastor. He can park anywhere he likes.

A few years later, when we had moved on to upstate New York, for Dad’s next pastorate, I remember us getting a letter from Miss Mayer. I loved her complimentary close, “My love to everyone, especially Jonathan — Sarah Elsie Mayer.

I write even more about her, including something she wrote about me
in this TUMBLR blog post:



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Guelph (pronounced “Gwelf”), Ontario, Canada, eh?

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