Personal history living in Missouri.
Being the son of a preacher, my life was church. The denomination, Church of God. I strayed for many years. I realized I loved to entertain and teach kids. I met some wonderful Christian folks while in the USAF and decided I would study, and if I could qualify, become a minister. When we arrived in Missouri, I was studying for the ministry.
We met Kenneth and Eileen Conrad. He soon became my hero. They were country folk.
(This was two years before we met. I stole it off Glenda's FB, I have lost so many pictures because of ignorance. Photobucket deletes the photos on my system when I delete on Photo bucket.) Photo missing Robert, David Luke and Vickie.
Kenneth returned from serving in WWII. He was in Florida finishing his tour when he met the beautiful Eileen, a dark skinned beauty with family history in the Caribbean Islands. They married and he took Eileen from the comforts of modern ‘plumbing’ to the country of Missouri where she soon remembered what an outhouse was.
Their enduring love produced 10 children. All beautiful and to the last, good people. There was: Harry, Glenda, Juanelle, Robert, Irma, Kenny, Lill, Mary, Vickie and David Luke (not in order I am sure). Harry was the oldest boy (a hero of mine in VietNam.) Glenda the oldest girl holds a special place in our lives.
I had to be away (to Kansas City) for discharge, and Sherry asked Glenda to spend the week with her. I remember we sang “Ahab the Arab” all the way home. I left them all in Kirksville, Sherry, Jack Jr, Baby Mark, and visitor Glenda. I headed for KC for discharge.
That week turned out to not be a vacation for Glenda. Sherry became very sick and Glenda at 12 yrs old took care of the boys and assisted in feeding them all. We have never forgotten that.
Glenda comments here on the Blog. She became a Super-duper in investing and finance. She was a troubleshooter with a large international company and traveled the world. She is now retired in Florida. Not long ago she drove over a hundred miles to bring Sherry her favorite flower as a mature plant, the gardenia.
She also brought a beautiful arrangement for Sherry. A little while before that.
(Two visitors, Jack Jr. down from NC and Glenda came up to bring Sherry her flower.) Hard to believe she used to baby sit Jack now she is approaching SS time and he isn't far behind! WOW.
As I said, that entire family is special. Eileen had a voice that qualified for Carnegie Hall .Every child in that family has been successful. They are all wonderful. Kenneth was a lucky soldier to find Eileen Pinder. We were fortunate to know the entire clan. We were actually their pastors for a few months.
I think everyone in this family can sing. Glenda cannot praise Vickie enough, saying she has even more power and range than mama’.
More tomorrow, sorry to be so long, but this family IS Missouri to me.