We’re home. I’m editing pictures. We had fun. Tired. Here’s one…Bethany and Anna Fay:
Anna Fay and Philip actually married in August 1957. But their 3 sons planned the celebration for today because one son lives in Boston, and he could not be here before this week.
Philip and my parents grew up together. Then when Philip dated and then married Anna Fay, they all became very good friends. (BTW Adam….both Philip and Anna Fay, along with Philip’s brother, Billy, went to Howard Payne University.)
Philip was a deacon in our church, and Anna Fay was our pianist and secretary. She also worked for the Pasadena School District. She retired in June 2003, and they moved to Athens, TX, where their youngest son and his family live.
Anna Fay always called Beth “Dearheart,” and frequently asked Beth, “Do you know how much I love you?” So when she retired Beth wrote her a poem called…Do You Know How Much I Love You? She framed it and gave it to Anna Fay at the going away party we had at church. It hangs right over Anna Fay’s piano. This is it:
Gene and Ann (in the middle) were also members of our church for many years. Gene was a deacon and head of the Properties Committee. Steve has both those jobs now.
Matt was the best friend of their middle son, Clayton. He was also one of the youth at our church, and is 2 years younger than me. He married Carrie in the late 1970’s:
On the left is Clayton. He has Multiple Sclerosis and is most often in a wheelchair. On the right is the youngest son, Dennis.
Standing next to Matt is Philip Mark, their oldest son. He just turned 49. Two years ago in November, the week after Thanksgiving, his wife died of pancreatic cancer. He still wears his wedding ring. I was closer to him than any of the other brothers. We sang together a lot. All of us were in choir. He’s had a rough life, but Pat (his wife) helped him recover from alcoholism. She loved him while he struggled with it.
This is (seated) my parents, who rode up with us today. Standing is Billy, Philip’s younger brother. He was also a member of our church, and….he was my 5th grade teacher at the elementary school right across the street from our church….Genoa Elementary. Anna Fay worked there and later at the administration building. Billy, Philip and my parents also went to school there at Genoa Elementary. They all graduated from Pasadena High School. We have a lifetime of history with this family.
Their family is a large one, and they were not all able to be at the reception. But here’s most of the ones who were:
And ok….since you insist….one more picture of Beth:
Brandon and Rachael were not able to go with us. Rachael had to work.