S: The Combs - Dean Family
FC: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. | The Combs - Dean Family
1: The Combs - Dean Family Fay Everett Combs (3/2/33) and Nancy Kay Dean (6/25/37) were married on New Year's Eve (12/31/1956) at the Jacksonville Methodist Church, Jacksonville, NY. Dad was born in Romulus, NY and was the son of Ray and Alice Combs. He was the youngest and had two older sisters, Elsie and Betty. Both of his parents were only children so he did not have any first cousins. His dad operated a large farm while his mother cared for the children. His dad died at age 44 from lung cancer and his mother died at age 36 from a burst appendix. Betty was in college, so Dad and Aunt Elsie lived with his mother's parents, Lesbia Jane (Jennie) and Jesse Fay Stewart. They were wonderful grandparents and took very good care of them. Grandma Jennie was very talented, she played the piano at a very young age. She composed a song for the Presidential campaign, but it was submitted too late to be used. Grandpa Jesse was also a farmer. Dad remembers harnessing up the horses and standing on crates to help his grandfather.
2: Dad doesn't remember much about his parents, but does recall coming home from church one Sunday. He had a balloon and insisted his dad blow it up while he was driving. He made such a fuss that his father tried to blow up the balloon and went off the road. Another time he remembers going to the store with his dad and there was a little wheel barrow and dad cried until his dad bought it for him. His mother died from an burst appendix. He remembers coming home from school after a snow storm when he was in kindergarten. They kept the kids in school over night because they couldn't get them home. When he got home, the house was cold as the fire had gone out because his mom was too sick to keep it going. Dad was only 5, but remembers going outside and trying to chop wood to start a fire. They had to take her to the hospital where she later died. Dad and Aunt Elsie had to move in with his mother's parents. The family farm and equipment all had to be sold and they had an auction. They had beautiful furniture, some of it went to Aunt Betty's house who had moved to Maine. She had the family photos and heirlooms that were later lost in a house fire. When dad was a senior in high school and after his grandmother had died, he moved to Maine to live with Aunt Betty and Uncle Ced. He missed his friends and decided to move back to Interlaken to finish high school. He had no where to stay and actually lived in his car until a friend told him about Vera and Levi Skinner. They were wonderful and called him the son that they never had.
3: After dad graduated from Interlaken High School in 1951, he attended Alfred State University for engineering. Unfortunately his money ran out and he decided to go into the United States Army. He was a military policeman and traveled to Europe by ship. He visited many places, one of his favorites was the "The Leaning Tower of Pisa". When dad got out of the Army, he met mom and said he knew right away that he was supposed to marry her. They married on December 31, 1956 at the Jacksonville Methodist Church, Jacksonville, NY. | Dad was born on Vineyard Road in Romulus, NY | Romulus Presbyterian Church is where dad was baptized.
4: Grandparents | Parents | Fay Everett Combs | Alice Fay Everett Stewart | Ray Morgan Combs | Warren Rezo Combs | Emma Elizabeth LaBoyteaux | Jesse Fay Stewart | Lesbia Jane Everett
5: Grandparents | Parents | Nancy Kay Dean | Paul Laverne Dean | Reva Landon | Augusta Estelle McCoy | Zina Wolcott Dean | Harry S. Landon | Dora Theetge
6: This is the Combs home in Romulus, NY where dad was born. The steps were to get up into the buggy. | Alice Fay Everett Stewart Combs, Elsie E. Combs and Fay Everett Combs.(baby)
7: Ray Combs with his mother Emma LaBoyteaux Combs | Dad made this card for his grandmother Stewart for Valentines day, It said on the inside, "I love you, you know it".
8: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Vera Skinner, wonderful school teacher and farmers wife who let dad live with her and Levi while he finished his senior year of school.
9: We always called Vera Grandma Skinner, she considered dad as the son she never had. | Levi Skinner | Ray M. Combs when he was 12 years old. | Ray Combs Model T pickup.
10: Betty Jane Combs Call 1921-1974 This is dads oldest sister. She was very talented. She sang and played the piano. She skipped a few grades and graduated early from high school. She married Cedric Call and they had 3 children, Donald, Jackie and Terry. Donald died at age 16 from cancer. Aunt Betty taught French at New Hyde Park school. She died at the age of 53 from emphysema.
12: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. | Dad and Aunt Elsie
13: Uncle Bill, Aunt Elsie, Kevin and Eddy Finch.
14: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | United States Army
15: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.
16: Dad's two favorite horses, Maude and Tony. | Un Uncle Oosie (Wilmont Everett) and his sister. | Dad's father Ray Combs working on his farm.
17: Dad and Donny Call
18: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Reva Landon Dean 1909-1981 | Dora Theetge Landon | Harry S. Landon | Nancy Kay Dean Combs 6/25/37- | Paul L. Dean 1906-1987 | Zina Wolcott Dean 1872-1959 | Augusta Estella McCoy 1876-1908 | Viola Champion | William Theetge | Arminda Storms | Joseph Landon | Joel M. Dean | Caroline Nancy Babcock | Eliza Whitman | William McCoy
19: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Fay Everett Combs 3/2/33- | Alice Fay Everett Stewart 1904-1940 | Ray M. Combs 1890-1938 | Lesbia Jane Everett D.1950 | Jesse Fay Stewart D.1955 | Warren Rezo Combs D. 1892 | Emma Elizabeth LaBoyteaux | Clarissa Mariah Wilson | Wilmont Everett | Julia Mary Hubbell | Nathaniel Poppino Stewart | David C. Combs B.1828 | Gertrude Warren | Margaret Warren | Peter LaBoyteaux
20: Nancy Kay Dean | Mom was born on June 25, 1937 in Reynoldsville. She was born in the house next to the old Soule's Store. When they told her dad that he had another girl.....he said "I might have known." She was the youngest of 5 girls. Dora, Velma, Ruth, Jane and mom. Grandpa retired from Morse Chain. He loved to make apple cider and had his own press. He loved to take visitors in his basement where his barrels were. Grandma was an amazing cook. She canned everything and worked harder that anyone I've ever known. She was an LPN nurse and knew the bible backwards and forwards. She welcomed everyone in her home and always made them feel like family. Mom attended school in the school house in Reynoldsville and also Watkins Glen through the 7th grade Moms parents decided to move to Interlaken in 1948, where she graduated from in 1954. She played the clarinet in the band and was in the high school play. She worked as a secretary until she met dad. Mom's three sisters Velma, Ruth and Jane married brothers and had eleven children between them. Mom had eleven nieces and nephews who were double cousins and really none of them looked alike. Mom grew up with lots of cousins. Grandma Dean was one of eleven children and Grandpa Dean was one of five children. Mom stayed home 15 years raising her children and then was employed outside the home for 25 years.
21: She retired from Cornell University December 31, 1993 as an Accounts Coordinator after 20 years. She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Interlaken and has been for over 50 years. Dad retired in 1994 and spent countless hours helping us all with building our houses and making sure we all had more than he ever did. Mom was always so supportive and waited patiently to have things done around their house. She never complained and was always so happy for all of us. | Reynoldsville Methodist Church where mom was baptized as well as their four children.
22: Grandma Reva Landon Dean | Grandma's parents, Dora Theetge and Harry S. Landon
23: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." | Dora Theetge and Harry S. Landon with their children.
24: Grandpa Dean's father, Zina Wolcott Dean. He was the Hector Town Clerk. | This is the blacksmith shop that Grandpa Dean's mother's father, William McCoy ran. This is the lot that Valerie and Mike Moore built their house on.
25: Grandpa & Grandma Dean 50th wedding anniversary. | Grandpa & Grandma Dean with Aunt Dora and Aunt Velma.
26: Grandpa with his 5 daughters, Ruth, Dora, Mom (Nancy), Velma and Jane. | The Dean grandchildren
27: The Dean Girls | Grandma Dean in front of the house mom was born in.
28: Ralph, Bernice, Earl, Harold & Paul. Paul, mom's dad weighed 2 lbs when he was born. | Ralph, Bernice, Earl & Harold Dean.
29: Augusta Estelle McCoy & Zina W. Dean. Augusta died at age 32 when Paul was only 2 years old. | Zina Dean and his 5 children, Bernice Faye, Harold E, Ralph M.(Jimmy), Paul L. & Earl W.
30: Grandma, Aunt Viola, Uncle Joe, Aunt Dora, Aunt Gertie and Aunt Viola (Peg) | Great Grandpa Zina Dean was the Hector Town Clerk and this was his office in Reynoldsville. | Grandma (Reva Landon and her siblings)
31: Grandpa and Grandma Dean's Christmas card. This picture was taken at their 50th wedding anniversary.
32: The Combs Family
33: Fay and Nancy had 4 children. Julie Faye 8/26/1957 Valerie Jane 9/19/1958 Raymond Martin 2/19/1961 James Dean 3/28/1966
35: BEST FRIENDS
37: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers
39: Our Ancestors
40: Parents | Ray
41: Jimmy fell asleep in the front yard after playing a game of football! | Jim
42: Julie | Valerie
43: The Combs boys