The Wallingfords in Mourning
Miss Katherine's Untimely Demise
The Wallingford family is saddened to report the unexpected death of one of their members. Miss Katherine A. Wallingford, age 24, youngest sister of the current Assistant Head of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes Garrett Wallingford, passed away on Saturday, the 31st of December, at St. Mungo’s Hospital in London. It’s said that Miss Wallingford had been visiting a friend -- the sister of a potential suitor, sources claim, though the family requests to remain anonymous -- when an innocent stroll through the greenhouse turned disastrous after an improperly tended to Venomous Tentacula proceeded attacked the two women, leading to their rushed admittance to St. Mungo’s on the afternoon of the 28th. While fortune had favored one debutante, Miss Wallingford hadn’t been so lucky, and despite the best efforts of the St. Mungo’s staff to fight off the plant's fatal poison, she had died in the late hours of New Year’s Eve.
When asked of his feelings on the matter, Mr. Wallingford offered only that he and his family were still shocked and devastated by the loss, but that they were coming to terms with it as best as they could. He did confirm, however, that the funeral had been held on the 3rd of this month (due to inclement weather, the Daily Prophet was unable to report this), in a cemetery in London. “It’s where both of our parents are buried,” he explained. "I felt that it was only right that she should be there beside them.”
Miss Wallingford was the youngest child of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Wallingford of London. She is survived by her brother, Mr. Garrett Wallingford of Wellingtonshire, age 35; her sister, Mrs. Isabella Armstrong (née Wallingford) of America, age 31, and her two nieces and nephews; her sister-in-law, Mrs. Aurelia Wallingford (née Herondale), age 22; and her two muggle relations, a spinster aunt and her grandmother, for whom she was named, the widowed Mrs. Katherine Wallingford.
AUTHOR: Fidelia Spiller