Welcome to my webpage. I hope you enjoy your visit today and will return often. Please take a moment to look around. My favorite hobbies include crafts, decorating, angels, looking at magazines. My passion is clothes, shoes and jewelry. I love fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans. My whole life is my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


The Romance of Lady Shirley & Jess

Jess and Shirley dated when he was 16 and she was 13 years old. Their dates usually consisted of playing ball at the ballfield or attending the local square dances. They usually double-dated with Shirley's sister, Pauline. They dated approximately 2 years.

Jess had been working and farming since he was 14 years old, when his mother died. He had wanted to join the Navy at the age of 16 years old, however, his father would not sign the enlistment papers. When he turned 18 years old he enlisted in the U. S. Army. He was stationed most of the time in Okinawa, Japan during World War II, where he began as a Mess Sargeant and ended up a Military Police. While he was in the Army he never wrote to Shirley. He was pretty much a loner. Nobody wrote him, except for once by his father. Shirley never knew where to contact him and didn't know where to write him. She thought he didn't want to continue their relationship. She met and married someone else. While Jess was away he always thought Shirley would wait for him and even had her picture painted by a Japanese on silk to bring back with him.

Upon his return Jess discovered that Shirley had married. He enrolled in school and eventually met and married another lady. Coincidently, he & his wife and Shirley & her husband were divorcing at the same time. Neither knew of the other's pending divorces. One day Jess went to visit his sister and learned that Shirley was divorcing and working at a Restaurant as a hostess. He went to see her and she wouldn't talk to him.

Eventually, after a while, Shirley consented to see him again. This was 11 years after they saw each as young teenagers. Jess had 2 children by his first wife and Shirley had 4 children by her first husband. They married on October 5, 1958; where they raised Shirley's 4 children. Jess had been a hard worker all of his life. At times, he worked three jobs to support his 2 families. Their children are all raised now and they are still best friends.

My oldest grandson, John Dion Ridenour-Marvel was killed in an accidental shooting. Please view the memorial my daughter made for him.

Shattered Dreams

Please look at my husband's web page. I think you will enjoy it. He has a very different site from this one, of course! I think you will enjoy it.

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