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All those questions…

I was born when my parents were forty-one years old…the last of four daughters. Daddy was the youngest of seven children, born when his parents were older. I never knew my Daddy’s parents. They both died before I was born. My mother’s parents died when I was very young, so I really never knew them. I was almost twenty-one when I married. Life was busy as we had children and our family grew. Searching my family’s history was the last thing on my mind at that time. I was simply busy with life. By the time my sister Dot and …

The Heart Remembers…

It was August of 1994 and I had just lost my Mother at the age of 90. It was a deeply sad time for me and my three sisters and our families. I was working full-time and still had an eighth grader at home, so I did my best to keep life steady and “normal”. I had lost my Dad four years before. I was only 48 and had lost both my parents. Years later, my children would be 36, 35 and 25 when they lost their father. I would drive the short drive home from work every day and …

A Saturday in Memphis…with Elvis

It was February 25, 1961 – a bitter cold Saturday in Memphis – and one I’ll never forget. It was the day of the “Special Matinee Memphis Charity Show, starring Elvis Presley”! I had just turned 15 in December and, like every other teenage girl in America, I loved Elvis and his music! My 15 year old best friend Kathy, my 12 year old niece Sharon and I were going to the concert, and I’m sure we’d talked about nothing else for days. Thankfully, Kathy and Sharon still had their ticket stubs, so we’re sure of the exact dates. Between …