His betrothed, Lorraine, had the day off from her waitress job a Sweet Shop of Lakewood, CA.
They were married at 6 PM that evening. It was a small ceremony at his parents' house on Artesia Street. His sister and brother stood up for them.
|Pops and Grandma's Wedding Photo.|
(As soon as I figure my scanner out, I'll change it to the real photo.)
They left for their honeymoon in San Francisco that evening, but once they arrived, they didn't even get out of the car. They just turned around and drove back home. Though they cannot recall why, they speculate they were too scared to get out of the car in San Francisco.
|Pops and Grandma with Dale|
|Pops and Grandma's children from left to right:|
Glenda (my aunt), Pam (my mom), and Dale (my uncle).
|Jace and I were best friends as kids. Really. I promise.|
|30ish years later.|
Even though he doesn't remember our bug collections or spy games, I still love him.
Sunday morning came much too quickly. We filled the back pews of Rosewood Church where Pops and Grandma have attended since my mom was a child. After a cake reception at church, we enjoyed lunch at Claim Jumpers. From there, most of us headed to the airport to catch our flights to various places across the US.
|Jeff, Mari, and Audrey.|
|With my favorite niece. Think we both have the head tilt mastered?|
|Love my parents.|
|My sweet husband. I love that he loves my family.|
|Taking care of Grandma, our daughter's namesake. |
This picture will be framed in Lainey's room.
|The whole family.|
There is nothing like family. And I feel so fortunate and blessed to have Pops and Grandma to look up to. They are the first to say that marriage is hard work. They made it because they are committed to each other, to their marriage, and to God. Not to mention, they each have a sense of humor. Pops will tell you how proud he is that Grandma "kept the weight off all these years." And Grandma will tell you after 70 years their marriage is finally falling apart because Pops needs the heater on all the time. They've experienced the ups and downs of life together. Pops worked hard to provide for Grandma, and theirs' is a rags to riches story. They've traveled the world together. They've suffered the death of their only son together. Through it all, they have never let the words separate or divorce enter their conversations.
Pops and Grandma are a testament of devotion, hard work, and love.