S: My Family, My Life!
BC: Assembled by, Dolores May Jarnagin 2012
FC: My Family ! My Life ! | Dolores May Jarnagin
1: This book was assembled so my children, grandchildren and future generations would know their heritage and some of my personal history. Please enjoy this book as you get acquainted with the years God gave me here on earth. When the Lord decided it was time for me to enter this world it was on Wednesday, July 22, 1942. I was born in Detroit, Michigan. My parents, Dorothy May and Hans Nicolaus, gave me the name Dolores May Hansen. Daddy named me after the Mexican film actress Dolores del Rio, and of course May was my mothers middle name. At the age of five my parents bought me a Dolores del Rio doll during a hospital stay, having my tonsils out. Unfortunately at the age of six my Father suddenly died (March 25, 1949), leaving my Mother pregnant and with five children all under the age of nine. I was the second oldest and was raised with three sisters and two brothers. I have good memories of my younger years. Mama worked very hard and did a splendid job raising all six of her children.
2: Shortly after Daddy's death Mama lost contact with our relatives in Germany. I do wish I had more information to share with you about my grandparents and other family members in Germany. Only thing I do remember is my grandparents owned a store and Daddy had five siblings. One of Daddy's brothers was held prisoner here in the United States during World War 2.
3: Grandparents | Parents | Hans Nicolaus Hansen | Dorothy May Hansen Jenkins | Elizabeth Richardson Ward | Randolph Joseph Ward | Nicoline Schmidt Hansen | Peter Hansen
4: Mother | Grandfather | Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandfather | Great Grandfather | Dorothy May Jenkins Jan. 13, 1917 - Aug.11, 2005 Detroit, Michigan | Elizabeth Richardson Ward March 21, 1891 Northern Ireland November 28,1974 | Randolph Joseph Ward March 30, 1889 Wigan, England June 14, 1959 | Joseph Ward January 6, 1863 Astley, England June 9, 1942 | Ester Higginbottom 1866 England May 28, 1898 | George Richardson | Elizabeth Burns
5: Father | Grandfather | Grandmother | Our Ancestors | Doro | Mama & Daddy met while cherry picking. Daddy was high on a ladder when he catch a glimpse of Mama | Hans Nicolaus Hansen Mar. 19, 1899 - Mar. 25, 1949 Flensburg, Germany | Peter Hansen | Nicoline O. Schimidt
6: Posing for the camera! | I know you love me! | A Gift of Life A baby is a gift of life born of "the wonder of love." A little bit of eternity sent from the Father above. Giving a new dimension To the love between husband & wife. And putting an added new meaning to the wonderful & mystery of life! Helen S. Rice
7: Happy time, showing off my tongue. | With big sister, Dorothea! | With my grandpa R. Ward! | At the beach with Mama!
8: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | My home for18 years. ! | Grandpa Ward ! | Bath Time !
9: At the park with my sister & mother | Special picture with Dad ! | I've got something for Mama! | Dorothea, me, & Mama! 1944
10: My Aunt Vivian told me one day that Daddy adored his daughters. We were the apples of his eye. He was so protective of us that he didn't look forward to the day we would be dating. Auntie said, in a teasing way, he probably would not have let us date until we were twenty-one. | "Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.” | Oh, how I wish I could remember these precious times with my Dad.
11: Behold, children are a gift of the Lord. | We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us. | Three sisters - Dorothea, Carole, & Dolores
12: With my little brother, Stephen | Sisters Carole & Dorothea with Daddy and me. (I don't look too happy.) | Holding hands with Dorothea. | There was never a dull moment with three sisters and two brothers. Yes, we fought, isn't that normal? Nevertheless we held a special love for each other.
13: The doll I am holding in these two pictures I still have, and it has a place of honor in our home in Tavares, Florida. | 1948 Top: Heidi, Stephen, Carole Bottom: Dorothea, Dolores | Carole with Grandma Ward holding our baby brother, Mark. I'm standing hold my doll.
14: < My Family My grandpa Ward is holding me during this 1946 family picture on the left. In the picture is Aunt Vivian & Uncle Joe, Mama & Daddy, grandma Ward and of course four of my siblings and two cousins (Joseph Jr. & Frances). Daddy looks proud and Mama looks happy, holding their fifth child, Stephen. | L to R - Sisters Heidi & Dorothea, cousins Joe & Frances, me and sister Carole. | Carole, cousin Frances & me
15: The Hansen Family. Mama did a great job raising us.. | Family
16: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. | Family trips to East Tawas, Michigan was always enjoyed by all of us. Water, fun and lots of sun! Our fondest memories.
17: Many faces of Dolores
19: Great Grandparents | 2010 Sibling Reunion | 1990 | Our dear sister Heidi died in1998 | With our spouses | 2007 Sibling Reunion | The Hansen Siblings
20: My dreams came true when I gave birth to my children. I guess motherhood was in my blood. I was so fortunate to be able to be a full time mother while raising my two children – Brian Scott and Deborah May. As a young child I missed not having my mother at home when I walked in from school, because she had to work. Missed the smell of cookies baking in the oven. I didn't want my children to be raised that way. I tried to be a conscientious person and did my very best to raise my children to have integrity and a love for the Lord. | A handful of happiness, a heart full of love! | A wee bit of heaven drifted down from above.
21: My Children! My Pride & Joy ! | A reward from God. | A woman has a gift divine, and in this world there is no greater honored, as being a mother.
22: In Memphis, Tennessee during my training for mission work, this handsome man, Wayne Jarnagin, came into the classroom to talking about his work in Africa. We hit it off immediately. Fell in love and married six months later, on April 28, 1990. Four months later we were in Malawi, Africa to start the Lords work. It was during these years my spiritual life grew significantly. The only thing my heart struggled with during all those years overseas was being so far from my dear children and grandchildren. | Love | Love that is shared is a beautiful thing, for it soothe the soul and makes the heart sing !
23: My dear children & grandchildren, what did my time in Africa do for me? I know, it took me away from you and that is one thing I had to struggle with daily, and it wasn't easy. However, I want you to always remember I had the opportunity to serve God. Our Father calls us daily to do His will. To follow Him, wherever that may be. Africa is where He took me. If we wish to have heaven as our home we have to be submissive children. Please remember that. So to answer the question – What did serving in Africa do for me, let me tell you. For thirteen years I was able to teach Bible to the children, teenagers and the ladies of Malawi. I was there to encourage, to lift up and to serve the people. Everyday I studied the Bible, prayed, and grew stronger in my faith. You can't know God and His will, if you don't study His book. God strengthened me and made me a better person. He showed me that I could do all things with His help. God can do all this for you too, if you let Him. | "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me." Phil 4:13
24: Grandchildren are another wonderful blessing from God. All that a grandparent needs to do is to enjoy them and spoil them if they wish. Throughout the years I've prayed daily for my grandchildren. Praying that God would keep them safe, healthy, and spiritual well. Just hope they always will know that I loved them even though we were miles apart. | What a joy it is to be a Grandma!
25: Audrey & son Pierce | With my granddaughters - Meagan, Julia, Leah, Audrey & Ashley | Thank you Lord for the blessings of grandchildren. | Loving our grandchildren. 1992 | Derek & Meagan Annabella Pierce & Alex | Five of Deborah's children | Allen hugging his sisters. | Julia
26: Great sadness came upon me when I lost my beloved mother in 2005, after being her caregiver for about 20 months. God had brought us home from Africa so I could be with her. Shortly after her death I had a bout with breast cancer. I then realized that life is too short and I must fill my final days with special times. I wanted to do things that were important to me, like making lamps for my daughter & son, and special gifts for my grandchildren. Assembling this album for you became very important—it is my legacy to leave behind. Most essential is making my life right with God.
27: Now, for my final words from a mother and grandma who enjoyed the time it took to assemble this book of my life for you. Yes, my life has been truly a full life. I thank God for the wonderful years He’s given me so far here on earth. I can look back and see God has been with me and has directed by path daily. God is good—all the time. I have had the enjoyment of serving my Lord in a foreign country and in the States. I've truly enjoyed being a Mother & Grandma. I had the pleasure of dabbling in many hobbies, such as: cake decorating, pottery, ceramics, making porcelain dolls, stenciling, quilting, scrape booking, and my most loved pastime stained glass. What words would I like to leave with you now? Live you life knowing your time on earth is only temporary, and know we could have a future home with God in heaven eternally. However, that decision is up to each of us. Study the Bible and learn about Jesus and His church. Pray for God’s guidance daily. Make your Sundays a day to spent with God in worship. Don’t let anything on this earth keep you from putting God first in your daily life. I love you all so very much and I will continue to pray for you each day. Thank you for spending this time getting to know me a little better. May God bless you each and every day. | June 30, 2012 Picture taken at the Hansen Family Reunion. I had the whole family there except for Ashley & great grandson, Pierce. Sitting on the couch is Deborah, me, Wayne & Brian. Standing behind is Allen, Brian (Deborah's husband), Sandy (Brian's wife) & Derek. On the floor is Annabella, Leah, Julia, Alex, Meagan & Audrey. | Hansen Family Reunion My sister, Carole & my brother, Mark and their families were missing