Cedar City woman wonders if postcard delivered 53 years after postmark was a sign from her late mother

Betsy Bender looks over an old postcard and photographs of her mother and grandmother during an interview in her home, Cedar City Thursday.

Betsy Bender looks over an old postcard and photographs of her mother and grandmother during an interview in her home, Cedar City Thursday. (Jeff Richards, St. George News, Cedar City News)



CEDAR CITY — A Cedar City woman recently received a postcard in the mail from London, England, which wouldn't normally be exceptional, but in this case, the card arrived more than 50 years after it was originally mailed.

The postcard, which reads "Greetings from London" alongside photos of Trafalgar Square and other famous landmarks on its picture side, bears a message addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Bud Baccus of Los Alamitos, California, on the reverse. It's postmarked Aug. 26, 1968.

"Where has it been for 53 years?" Betsy Bender, the Baccuses' daughter, wondered aloud as she recounted how she mysteriously received the long-lost card in the mail at her Cedar City address earlier this week.

Bender explained that when her mother, Verna Baccus, had died at age 91 a couple months ago in July, she'd arranged for her mother's mail to be forwarded to her in Cedar City.

She told Cedar City News that she recalled thinking, "Mom, I don't even know if this is possible, but I hear people say this all the time: 'Send me a sign if you're OK.' You know, whatever. And then that card showed up."

Read the full article at St. George News.

Jeff Richards

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