My mother loved God, family, and music and in that order. She spent her life serving God in any manner possible. She loved family and listening to the stories they told and she loved music. She endured hardships with faith and persevered difficulties with patience and left a legacy of love. I am patiently waiting the time that I can stroll over heaven with her.
The Pettey kids: 4 girls and 2 Boys
Papaw Pettey preached, pastored, and held street meeting and the girls provided the music.
Momma was always a simple country girl at heart.
1939 Commerce, Texas: Sitting in Papaw's brand new 1940 Chevrolet
1939 Roy and Doris Kindred
1939, The young family moved around looking for work, Vernon was born in Sulfer Springs, Texas
In 1941 Roy found work at the Pan-Tex facility in Amarillo Texas.
Roy worked the 4 - 12 shift in Electrical Maintainence. Pan-Tex was later learned to be a part of the secreative Manhattan Project.
At Palo Dura Canyon Circa 1941
1942 Doris and Vernon Edward
Life was happy, Roy had a good job, they had a house, a family.
Returning from work early on the morning of October first Roy was killed in a head-on collision.
Now alone mamma moved with kids to Bruni, Texas and stayed with Mamaw and Papaw Pettey.
With the life insurance money, momma bought a house in Houston and made ends meet renting out rooms.
The touch of loneliness is felt most when a tear kisses the lips of a smile.
Mom as a bridesmaid at her sister Pat's wedding.
In the 40s times were hard for a young widow with two children.
Smile though your heart is aching, with your fear and sorrow, smile and maybe tomorrow, You'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you only smile - Charlie Chaplin
1950 Bearden Arkansas, After visiting friends and helping in a revival, mom stopped at East Mountain to help "Aunt Kate" with a revival.
At a revival at Oak Grove Church Mom met Dad.
Love returned to mammas life.
Daddy was 33, had never married, served in WW II and was ready to settle down.
Mom and Daddy's sister in law, Barbara Davidson Medlin.
1950 in the car daddy said that you "needed a flashlight to see if the lights were on."
At parsonage of Norhill A/G church, King Street, Houston, Texas
It's the Medlin Bunch: Doris Gay, Landis Edward, Ellen Joy Kindred, Landis Jr (Lanny), Vernon Edward Kindred, and Doris Pettey / Kindred / Medlin
Mama with Vernon's Angela and Daniel.
On AMTRAC heading for California with Lanny's Keith.
At grave of W.H. Power in Alabama
I am astounded at the thousands of pages of family history mama collected.
Momma and daddy, I can't wait to see you again and "Stroll over heaven with you."