A note of mothers and daughters. Brenda's mother Ann has been an adult friend of ours now for years. She is a dear sweet lady, in her 80s. Seldom do you see a girl as sweet as her mother, but in this case, it would be a race to say who is the most tolerant, sweet and loving. They are two peas in a pod.
I was near 16 Mike was about 9, just a kid he was. Well in 1964 I had already spent a hitch in the USMC and the USAF. At the time thought I was a preacher and was pastoring a church.
My dad performed the wedding ceremony for Brenda and Mike. I am sure it was in 1964. They were a couple in love. There were rough spots as in all marriages, but they loved enough to work them out. Like us they raised two fine boys.
I was fairly successful as a preacher, but later I learned, I 'weren't really no preacher'. Then I came in one day and told my sweetie I had joined the USN.
We saw Mike and Brenda over the years. I left the USN and became a general contractor in the Belmont area. I enjoyed a lot of success. Mike called one day needing a Garage built. We reconnected and had a lot of talks. I remember telling him, "Mike, you are just about as lucky as I am, BUT I am amazed Brenda hangs around you."
We both laughed, "Yeah Jack, I wonder the same thing at times."
Now after fifty-two years of marriage, Brenda said her good bye last week. Mike has departed this life. Brenda had plenty of time to say goodbye, but no matter, it still must hurt worse than anything in the world.
It doesn't seem right for someone younger than you to depart the scene.
We will miss the 'young couple'. BUT Brenda, like her mama is a survivor. Her life will go on. She has kids, grand kids and it doesn't seem possible, but grandkids too.
I was looking for a good description of Brenda and her mama Ann. I just got it from 'Life101', those two girls are KIND! The kindest people I know. They would not hurt a skunks feelings, Imma thinking.
Fair winds and following seas to my young friend Vernon Michael Taylor (71 yrs young). (Funny, I never knew he was a Vernon, I thought it was only Mike!)
PS: Pictures taken from the net
Mike was born when these cars were new!