This story was told to Doris Elizabeth Faggart Gillon by her Grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Bernhardt Pense (5th child of John Crawford Bernhardt and Laura Elizabeth Davis) and her Mother Vera Elizabeth Pence. (Sarah was 10 years old when her mother, Laura Elizabeth Davis, died on the 22nd of March 1882).
When Sarah was a little girl her Mother was very sick. A large group of family and friends were gathered together in a downstairs family room. Suddenly a little girl dressed in a white gown and carrying a bowl of goldfish came down the stairs. She did not look or speak to anyone in the room, just walked through and on out the front door.
Some of the folks in the room got up and went out on the front porch looking for her but she had completely disappeared. Now this was in a remote area with nothing close by. When they couldn’t find her and went back in the house they found that Sarah’s Mother had just died.
My Grandmother and Mother always told us the little girl with the fish bowl was a token to the family that her Mother’s death was very near.