On the 24 of April, 1942, L.M. Montgomery died in her home in Toronto, "Journey's End." Soon after, she took one last ride across the country she loved to the Island she adored to be buried in Cavendish. Across the country, newspapers reported her death, remembering her contribution to Canadian literature, and the book that continues to be loved today, Anne of Green Gables.
As Reverend Mr. Sterling said at her funeral, "I thought it was better today to let you listen to Lucy Maud Montgomery." Sadly, there is no known recording of Montgomery, we can read her words, for that is the legacy she's left behind. * Sterling read from the story, "Each in His Own Tongue," from Montgomery's selection of short stories, Chronicles of Avonlea. It is hard to know why he chose this story to read, but I like the last line, which speaks to the truth of what Montgomery did through her writing and can continue to inspire us today. In the quote, it is referring to a violin, but this could be anything we are creating through: a pen, paintbrush, typewriter or camera.
"Speak to the world in your own tongue through it, with truth and sincerity; and all I have hoped for you will be abundantly fulfilled."
*Found in Benjamin Lefebvre's The L.M. Mongomery Reader: Volume One: A Life in Print.
Montgomery, L.M. Chronicles of Avonlea. Toronto: Bantam Books, 1987.