S: Fred and Sybil Ricketts...A Seventy Year Romance
BC: Grow old with me The best is yet to be...
FC: Fred and Sybil Ricketts | A Seventy Year Romance
1: Side by Side Walking side by side As the love between us grows Walking hand in hand So the whole world knows. Standing side by side As the man says 'take this bride' Lying side by side As he held her as she cried Holding each tight As the nation calls his name Promises to return Waving quickly from the train The long cold flights Nights dreaming of the time Those long hard days For the one he left behind Then, dancing through the night When the papers said it's o'er Life begins again As the war clouds roar no more New hearts begin to beat As the family starts to grow The world becomes alive again When tiny hands and feet begin. It was all so long ago But the memories still remain Of the love we held so tight And ever will retain. | Fred and Sybil Ricketts married in Cheyenne, Oklahoma December 27, 1941 | A fairy tale that, nevertheless, is true...
2: This is a special picture that was enlarged at Sybil's parents' 50th wedding anniversary in Erick, OK. They have made their home there for half a century. | Sybil Hunter in a tub | Fred Ricketts as a 3 year old | Fred Ricketts as a 7 year old
3: Sybil as a Drum Major at Erick High School | Fred in 8th Grade, dreaming of becoming a professional wrestler | Fred and Sybil... in love! | Fred's mom, Ethel Ricketts | Lura Maye Wagnon and Sybil dressed for Easter
4: Fred carried this picture on bombing missions, crammed into his flak helmet. | Fred in England. Hopefully this will be the last war-time picture. | Walt and Fred - Christmas in London
5: Fred at Air Force Base | Fred in the court of our apartment. | Sybil in Fred's flying clothes in Kingman, AZ. | A former chicken house, but we were happy to have it and share it with another couple. | Fred is now a civilian... Lawton, OK | Looking at pictures of Sybil and mom.
6: Ron Leon Ricketts | 9 months old Weatherford, OK | 4 years old | Sewanee Military Academy | Ron's bride, Billie
7: Ron Jr. Ricketts | Ron Jr. and Lisa's Wedding | Allison and Cooper | J.R. and Allie
8: Ricki Lynn Ricketts | 1 year old in Dallas, TX | State Fair Dallas, TX | 5 years old Hanover, PA | Bob, Ron, and Ricki on an Atlantic beach. | Ron and Ricki
9: Allison Lynn Hunter | Jim Bakker and Allie at their Ruidoso wedding. | on the Charles River
10: Allison and Aldo Baldessari
11: Fred with his Mother Ethel, sister Lura Maye and brother Walt. | We shared parents, homes, pets, celebrations and secrets. The threads of our experiences have become so interwoven that we are one... we are a family.
12: Jay, Lura Maye, Ken, Gayla, and Robert | Ken, and Gayla | Gayla
13: Lura Maye Ricketts-Wagnon | Ken, Lura Maye, Gayla, and Robert
14: Kenneth Wagnon | Emily, PJ, Lisa, and Katie McGovern | Lisa, Kenneth, Lura Maye, Louise, and Jay | Lisa and Jay Wagnon | Jay Wagnon and Amos
15: Gayla Wagnon | Gayla and Dan Carney | Lynnie and Chris Tolk | Jay Coulter | Christie, Scott, Courtney, Coulter, and Lynnie Somes
16: Robert Wagnon | Eric, Tori, Cole and Parker Wagnon | Bob, Todd, and Eric
17: Walter Ricketts | Nellie and Mike | Mike and Tim
18: Mike Ricketts | Tyler, Megan, Paige, Haley, and Randy Welch | Mary, Megan and Mike | Mike and Matthew | Mike and Tricia | Matthew and Megan
19: Tim Ricketts | Marie &Kathleen | Tim & Wesley | Wes and Tim | Adam, Kathleen, and Willa Schoeneck | Marie, Tim, Wes and Kathleen
20: Bob and Myrtle Hunter
21: H.B. Hunter | H.B., Lovelle, Sybil and Fred
22: Herbie Hunter
23: Cyndi Hunter | Cyndi Hunter and Ken Tarrant
24: Our Extended Family | Eunice Chemowich | Dejene Bayera
25: Effie | Buddy | Ashley | Ashley and Sybil | Izzie | Ivy and Billie
26: Ruidoso, NM
27: Allison and Jim honeymoon bound. | Fred and Effie | Allison flew in over the mountains.. never again! | Lura Maye and Sybil in Cloudcroft, NM
28: Fred and Sybil on a trip to the Holy Land. | Our trips to an orphanage in Monterrey, Mexico, Rome, and Jerusalem. | Monterrey | The Empty Tomb | Rome
29: Our Ancestors | the Holy Land | Jordan River
30: Parents | Las Hadas in Manzanillo, Mexico with Herb and Betty Stallings | Fred and Sybil in Hawaii | With Victor and Martha Milting in Hawaii
31: With Harry and Earlena Phelps in Santa Fe, NM | Sir Michael Tippit, Sybil, Allie and friend New Orleans | Oh, the places we have been! | With Herb and Betty Stallings at Round Top Antiques Fair
32: Aunt Margaret Ward and her "Children's March" | Old friends in Pinetop, AZ | Sybil and Martha in Cloudcroft, NM | Sybil and Phyllis Ward
33: Old friends..Vicki, Margaret, Martha, Laura, and Sybil | Friends at Thanksgiving | Laura and Sam Jordan
34: Thomas and Nancy Waters | Earnestine Zimmerman | Del and Cindy Way | Victor and Martha at Inn of the Mountain Gods
35: Fred and Sybil and their "traveling wheels"
36: Fred in Washington for Honor Flight | Guardian Grandson,J.R.
37: 4,400 stars each represent 100 lost = 440,000
38: Fred and Sybil purchased a hilltop in Kerrville as a lot for a new home. They named it "Stonehill".
39: Fred and Sybil sold Stonehill in 2005, bought a home in a retirement village, and are spending their time centered around friends, family, church, and long-honored causes.
42: 70th Wedding Anniversary Weekend
43: Friday night was "Ricketts Story-hour". We enjoyed hearing stories of the past...Dust Bowls, World Wars, Great Depression, Civil Rights, Women's roles in war, and so much more!
45: Lunch at Camp Verde General Store
55: Look at Us Look at us, after all these years together Look at us, after all that we've been through Look at us, still leaning on each other If you want to see, how true love should be then just look at us. Look at you, still pretty as a picture Look at me, still crazy over you Look at us, still believin' in forever In a hundred years from now, I know without a doubt, They'll all look back and wonder how, we made it all work out Chances are, we'll go down in history When they want to see, how true love should be, They'll just look at us.