Friday, December 30, 2016

War-bride


Our Uncle Eugene Parman went off to war to serve our Country during World War II.

 The war had been going on in Europe ,since some time in the late 30's.

And the war was threatening to spread from Europe to England,

American soldiers started arriving in Britain around 1942, as the U.S. got involved

Uncle Gene "as we all called him", was amongst the soldiers, stationed there .

While  being stationed in Britain, Uncle Gene met the love of his life,   Betty Smith.


You might say; first came love, then came marriage, then came life in a strange new land, for Betty.

To satisfy the love they had for each other.

 When it came time for Uncle Gene to end his duty there and come back to the States .

 Betty chose to say farewell to everything familiar in her life, and to start a new one with Uncle Gene in the U.S. 

They arrived in London, Kentucky Uncle Genes hometown in 1946.

I remember, Mother visiting with them, and how sweet  she thought Betty was.

And that was the consensus everyone else seemed to have of Betty after meeting her .

Betty spoke with a fluent British accent ,I could listen to her talk for hours and never once get bored.


After a short stay in Kentucky they decided on Indiana for a place to call home, they lived there until Uncle Genes retirement.
 
 When I think of the two of them today, I think of what an impact  they've had on so many lives .

They stuck together like glue , when you saw one of them you saw the both of them.

Mother told me, my middle name was chosen from Uncle Eugene's.

Uncle Gene  and his War-bride Betty were certainly
good  roll models, and  a great example for anyone to follow.

 Demonstrating it "for instance' by raising  a wonderful family that's picking up the torch after their deaths, and are busy carrying on their legacy . 

What a blessing it has been to have known Uncle Gene and Betty and their family, they touched my life... and many others... in so many ways .

Until Next Time.   God Bless.

My Meditations by,  Coleman


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