After graduation, I attended Enid Business College and graduated in June, 1961 with a Secretarial Degree. I worked as an office secretary for many years until deciding to be a stay at home Mom.
Gary and I were married in October of 1961 and were blessed with two wonderful sons, Timothy in 1964 and Michael in 1968. As parents, we did the typical things during their growing up years, baseball, music lessons, cub scouts, band parents, etc. Since we never left Enid, both sons graduated from EHS. Our oldest, Timothy, is currently working in Civil Service and has completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Science. He is the father of our two grandsons and grandfather of our 3 precious great -grandchildren. Our youngest, Michael, completed his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1991, Masters of Music degree in 1993 and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2001. In 2009 he completed his Associates degree in Applied Science with a Network Engineering option and is currently working in the IT field. He is still loving his music and performing as Principal Horn for the Enid Symphony.
After 32 years as Director of Materiels Management at Integris Bass Memorial Baptist Hospital, Gary retired in 2002. He has enjoyed being home and working in the yard. We also decided to take Country and Western dance lessons and eventually did some teaching. As for me, I have enjoyed participating in my church activities over the years, teaching children’s choirs, singing in the Praisinger’s Sanctuary Choir, playing in the Praisringer’s Handbell Choir and helping coordinate our annual Christmas pageant.
Gary and I will be married 62 years in October, 2023. The years have gone by so quickly but I am grateful to the Lord for his blessing on my life. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our 63rd reunion and renewing old friendships. See you in September.