The drive was beautiful. I love the country here, rolling hills with the beautiful fall colors covering them. This area is famous for caves and caverns. This trip we plan to go into the Diamond Caverns.
Dad being a pastor moved on to the next church, leaving two sons married and raising families in Shelby. Odis Howard the elder and BF Jr. next. Jun (as the family always called him) married the beautiful Jessie Mozelle Bost. She was quick witted and could sometimes make a cutting statement.
The last time we visited her she was kidding about her condition (Alzheimer’s). I asked, “Well Mo, I mean Jessie, how is it going?”
“Well today I am here, they tell me sometime I am else where and don’t know it. So today here I am, but tomorrow I might not be here.”
Shirl said,” Well you have a birthday coming up soon.”
“Do I? I don’t even know how old I am.”
Sherry said, “You will be 83 soon.”
Quick as a whip she said, “But I don’t look it, do I?”
We all got a good laugh. Sherry and I remember one incident very well. WE lived in Missouri and my dad always wanted some wagon wheels to put on either side of his walkway and drive. He asked if I could find some in Missouri. I did find four at $5 each. I had a one wheel trailer and loaded it with the wheels and some other stuff. It looked pretty ragged on the back of our 1955 Nash Rambler.
Jun’s china shop was about forty miles from Dad and Mom’s but on our way. So we pulled in to the ‘Jerry-Jo China Shop’. Mo looked out the window and warned everyone to watch for thieves, a bunch of Gypsies just pulled into the parking lot. We got another laugh on that one.
They buried Jessie Mozelle Bost Darnell today. She has been part of our family for nearly seventy years. We did not visit often, but we knew she was there. I wrote to keep in contact and I have a couple letters still in a folder she wrote to us.
Of course the family will miss her, she leaves two outstanding sons with very good families. I was always proud of my brothers, Jr. & Odis. They are both gone. Now we lose Mo.
Sail safely Jessie Mozelle……
Life is a vapor, seen, felt and gone.