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A Year In Review

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FC: Memories from Grandma

1: Date of Birth: April 7, 1925 Place: Prince George County at home Parent's Name: Raymond and Estelle Titmus Siblings: Charles Edward (E-boy) John Carl Nickname: Tina, since I was a little girl | Christine Virginia Titmus Morgan

2: Where did you grow up? Our house was on Richmond Avenue off of Washington Street. It was Prince George County back then. What was it like growing up with all of those children? I never had a sister so Carl and I used to play together. We played with little cars. I had two cousins that were the same age so we played a lot. What were your parents like? Dad worked for Tubize Texile. The company moved to South America and he decided not to go. Then he worked for Titmus Optical. | My Childhood | Nana with Melba

3: MAKING MEMORIES | Do you have any special memories of your childhood? We use to ride the streetcar to church. When Charles and May were married, I stayed with them on the weekends so that I could go to church and be in the children's choir. Do you have any special traditions? My mom (Nana) made chicken and dumplings every Sunday after church. | You grew up during the Great Depression. What was that like? Anyone who talks about having a hard time, I tell them, "You didn't grow up in the depression like I did." I grew up during the depression. We were lucky that we had one food on the table at a time. Sometimes I remember eating potatos three times a day. My brother Charles was married and he would bring food to help out. My dad still worked but no one had food. It was a really hard time.

4: SCHOOL DAYS | What did you like most about school? I liked all of my teachers and I always wanted to go to school. Where did you go to High School? I went to Hopewell High School. Did you do any special activities? I was in the band. I played the cymbols. I was also in the school choir. Did you have a job? On the weekends, I worked at C & P as a switchboard operator. "Number please."

5: { | { | LOVE | Where did you first meet? Alvin was our milkman. He was about 16 years old. After his deliveries, we used to sit on the front porch and talk. Where did you go on your first date? He took me to Fort Lee. It was called Camp Lee at the time. My cousin Sue and her friend and Alvin and I rode our bicycles there. That is when I got my first kiss. Then we started dating. He was real nice and polite. Very handsome and sweet.

6: DATING

7: Where was your favorite place to go? We went to the movies a lot. That’s the only place we went because he went into the Navy so young. We wrote letters back and forth. He went to the New York Naval Training Station for boot camp. Then he went to San Francisco on the air craft carrier Hornet II. | "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worth while."

8: Our Wedding | When did he ask you to marry him? His ship was hit by a typhoon in California and they went on leave. He was able to come home. We were sitting on the porch in a swing when he asked me to marry him. About a month later we were married on August 15, 1945. He had to go back on the air craft carrier but he only stayed until November.

9: A Honeymoon in NYC | What was your wedding like? I got married at the home of a Methodist preacher. Just four people were there. We went to New York City for our honeymoon. Alvin had a friend from the ship that lived in New Jersey. We visited him while we were there.

10: Where did you first live? We lived with my mom for four years. At Camp Lee they were tearing down the camp barracks. Mr. Morgan and Alvin brought home all of the materials and built our house. It had four rooms and a bathroom. | What was your biggest cooking disaster? Oh, yeah. I had the frying pan going and forgot what I was doing. The pan caught on fire. I got excited and I took the pan to the door. Then I ran back and put it in the sink. It caught the curtains on fire. | William Henry Morgan, Jr. (Pa) and Lucye George Morris Morgan (LuLu)

11: What is a funny story about your first years of marriage? I learned to drive a car from Alvin. A 1948 Chevrolet. It had shift gears. He made me drive up and down Sycamore Street and stop on the Bank Street hill. He said “If you can do that, you can drive anywhere you want to.”

12: Our Children | Melba Jean

13: Ronald Alvin

14: Leah Ann

16: Our Grandchildren | Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share.

17: LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH

18: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

19: ~Advice on Life~ Stay well and do all of the things that you like to do. Remember that there are always people worse off than you are and try to help them. | My Favorite Song: Because He Lives. I was in the choir for 57 years.

20: A Grandma's love

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