It is very odd that many of the events in WMB's life story do not match, and some of the discrepancies can easily be attributed to poor memory of old events.
This one, however, raises a few eyebrows. This was the single-most traumatic event in each of his life stories. To lose one's wife is no small event in one's life -- it would have been so devastating to him that he would have ran the events surrounding her death through his mind over and over for years and years.
Each detail of that horrible time would become so stamped in his mind that it would form a mental image that could not be altered with the passing of time.
Here's the problem:
Rather than simply saying "I don't remember her name", he gives four different names for the nurse that his wife spoke to when she gave him such a good compliment.
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And she said, "Evelyn," she knew her, a schoolmate. Said, "If you ever get married, I hope you have a husband like mine."
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She called the nurse, Miss Cook. She said, "Come here." She said, "Set down just a minute. I've just got a few minutes left."
And she was Hope's friend. And she was biting her lip.
She said, "When you get married, I hope you get a husband like mine."
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And she said, "Come here, Hilda," it was a friend of hers. And here's what made me feel. She said, "I hope when you get married you have a husband like mine.
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I said, "Just a minute, nurse." We knew her real well.
My wife called her over. She said, "Juanita," said, "I hope when you get married you have a husband like mine." Said, "He's been so good to me," and she had her arm around me.
So this raises several questions:
1) Why would he forget the name of the nurse?
2) Why would he put the emphasis on this compliment, when she was on her death bed?
3) She evidently died in a hospital. Why can nobody find a death certificate?