A bio – the last fifty years rolled up into as few a words as possible. I’d say impossible.
I was very fortunate to be a stay at home, carpooling, tennis traveling, volunteer mom. I have two beautiful daughters and five grandsons. I could regale you with so many volunteer stories, but most of you have “been there and done that”. Look through the bios, surely someone listed all the stories. You and I can sit back and say, “I did that too” “me too“ and “O me too”.
Gaylon Brown and I were married for more than 30 years. Sadly he died 10 years ago. We were able to travel a good deal, while he was healthy. We climbed the “Alps“ ( by auto ), sailed the Danube, viewed the Tulips in Holland in the spring and raised a glass of Bier in several Hauf Brau Houses. Fun days those were.
Three years ago while taking a religion class at Trinity Episcopal Church in Van Buren I met Bob. We got married October 14, 2005. Bob hails originally from the land “Down Under “. He has been in the US for over 30 years, but still maintains his “Aussie “ accent. We took an extended trip to Australia. We spent five weeks driving through the “outback “. What a primitive , beautiful country. Petting Kangaroos and Koalas. Watching wild camels and emus, wandering through the bush not aware of humans around them. What a marvelous and mysterious country, and the people, what's not to love ?. They are laid back, fun loving and they are fantastic hosts.
Classmates, just like you my life has had ups and downs. I prefer to dwell on the “ ups “.
No face lifts or Botox for me dear friends. Okay so maybe my hair color gets help from time to time. Some of my wrinkles may have wrinkles, after all I’m not 20 or 30 or 40 years old. I am 68 and so are most of you.
I invite you to come along with me. Celebrate every day. Smile, contact a friend, sing in the shower, and hug a child. Make every day a time of celebration and “be happy”.
Marilyn "Morris" Perry - 2008