People of beauty: A picture of a picture of sweet people
For today Tuesday:
Everyone has known a special person. Talented enough to be a star, but humble enough to follow their heart. Eileen Pinder was comfortable in Florida. Then she met a soldier just home from WWII. Love took over and she married Kenneth Conrad and happily moved from the conveniences of Florida to the Missouri farm with the wells and outhouses.
It was probably 1960 we met the Conrads’. I heard her angelic voice sing as if singing to thousands, “When they Ring Those Golden Bells” to an audience of 35 and was taken aback, my mind said, ‘She should be in Carnegie Hall.’ That range and power shook the walls of a little church in Moberly, Missouri.
When we got to know her, she seemed not to KNOW how talented she really was. I mentioned that to Glenda and she replied, “You should hear Vickie, she inherited mama’s voice!” We just got the news that Eileen passed away. She is singing with the angels now and Kenneth is smiling ear to ear. St. Peter may just make her the lead singer.
The sweet mother of 10, Harry, Glenda, Juanelle, Robert, Kenney, Mary, Irma, Vickie, David Luke and Lillian. Kenneth farmed and worked full time at ‘HB Chance’ to support his family. I know the children must have had their differences, but they always pulled together. They are a real family. People respect that Conrad name.
EVERY child has been successful in their own rite, making mom and dad proud. The last time I saw Eileen she did not know me, but when I told her I loved her; she was embarrassed put her hand over her mouth and looked around as to see if anyone had heard that ‘blatant’ remark to a married lady. (Big Smile) It was so sweet.
You could see the love when she talked about her ‘Sweet Kenneth.’ Until her death and with dementia, she would sing and never loose the words. The family (especially Juanelle) who remained in the area protected and took care of Mama until the end. The rest contributed as they could, but they remained family, all.
Fair winds and following seas Eileen, your sweet Kenneth is waiting with open arms along with Sister Irma Lee.
PS: Sherry and I had the privilege of meeting a famous musician, but unknown to the public. He drove a beautiful Black Mercedes RV. He had played Sax for Marvin Gay, Lou Rawls etc. He was very unassuming. He told us Marvin had been a childhood friend and gave him his first gig. From there on Marvin’s Singer friends called him. He said, “Lot of talent out there that ain’t never gonna be discovered ‘cause they don’t know the right person. Shame it is too!”
God gave Eileen her voice, let us borrow it, then he called her to sing in HIS Choir.