What happens to Buddy's friend and to Queenie when Buddy goes to military school?

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When Buddy goes off to military school, his friend writes him letters, updating him on what is happening in her life. One day she writes about Queenie dying; she was apparently kicked by a horse and died as a result. Buddy’s friend lays her to rest in a pasture where Queenie had buried bones. Buddy’s friend survives a few more years. Buddy is able to see her downfall through the letters that become harder to understand due to her deteriorating mental state. She ends up passing away, as well, and Buddy relates that he jus t knows when it happens.