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The Crompton Family Heritage

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S: The Crompton Family Heritage

FC: of the Crompton Family | The Heritage

1: Our Family Tree | Barbara, Susan, Cecilian | John W. Crompton | Wilma Jean Brodges | Bertha and Guy | David and Julia | Melissa Jacob (Not Known) Walter Isabel Lucinda William

2: John Crompton was born Feb. 20, 1933 in Binghamton, NY. At 6 months old, he was adopted by Bertha and Guy Crompton of Starlight, PA. They had a 3 acre farmette with a 3 story house and small barn. Bertha ran house, raised chickens, and took in summer boarders who did roadwork while Guy worked on a diary farm. Bertha was born and raised in Liberty, NY. As an adult, she worked at a hospital in Birmingham. She was known to be a fine, hard working country gal. In her garden, Guy would plant a row of peonies, her favorite flower. A favorite childhood story was that when John was 4 yrs old, Guy took him frog hunting, and in the kitchen, he knocked the bucket over and frogs got loose in the house. Sadly, in 1939, Guy was trampled by a mad horse and later had passed away. In 1940, Bertha and John moved to Hancock, then onto Honesdale, PA where she raised John. They were very devoted to each other. John spent much time working in a projection booth at local theatres, something he loved to do his whole life, even up until his retirement from Walt Disney World, FL. | The Story of John W. Crompton

3: John Washington Crompton Born Feb. 20, 1933 | John's Mother Bertha Hunt Crompton

4: The Wedding License of Jacob and Melissa Van Orden Hunt | Bertha Hunt Crompton with John and Jean | Bertha's Parents: Jacob Hunt and Melissa Van Orden | Jacob Hunt Born April 14, 1840 | Melissa Van Orden Born July 16, 1850

5: The Jacob Hunt Family History | "Aunt Gusty" Hunt | Hattie and Marvin Hunt

6: Guy Crompton John’s Father | John's father was born Nov. 29, 1894. He worked on a Dairy farm and was Bertha’s second husband. He passed away in 1939 at the age of 45. | Guy Crompton’s WWI Selective Service Registration

7: Article of Guy's Death | Guy Crompton ‘s Obituary and Funeral Program

8: Childhood Pictures of John | John as a toddler; he was doted on by his mother Bertha. | 1950 John got bike for newspaper route. He worked hard to support himself and Bertha. Behind him up steps is apartment in Honesdale, PA. It was located along the river and nearly flooded once. | 1950 – Boy Scouts; John was his pack’s representative at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, PA. He got to see President Truman drive by in a convertible and wave. The President spoke at Jamboree that year.

9: John went to Honesdale High School in PA. He joined the Projector’s Club headed by Mr. Joyce Avery . When teachers needed to show a film in class, John would set up the equipment if he was in study hall. He would get the key, unlock store room, and get out the projector and screen on a cart and set it up for teachers. He loved working with projectors so much; in the summer of 1950 he got an apprentice license to work at local movie theatres. He also got lead in the Senior Play. John graduated from Honesdale High School in 1951. | John’s Education | Honesdale High School | High School trip to Washington DC

10: High School Memories | Items from John's Senior Yearbook

11: Thaddeus Stevens Trade School | Lancaster, PA | After high school graduation, John attended Stevens Trade School from 1951 – 1954 where he took up drafting. He graduated near the top of his class and gave a speech at Commencement. For his last two years, he had learned Calligraphy, and penned the student’s names on all the diplomas. He even lettered his own diploma.

12: John's Commencement Speech | Given at Baccalaureate, June 27, 1954

14: Very Special People in John’s Life | Cecil and Hazel Faling | Since John’s father Guy died when he was young, his Uncle Cecil became his father figure and mentor. Cecil and his wife Hazel were very special people in his life. In fact, it was how Cecilia got her name. It was said Cecil was “tickled to death” having someone named after him.

15: John’s Birth Mother’s Story It found out in later years that John's biological mother was named Anna Marie Mikalajunas, a 19 year old college student. Her parents were named Paul (Tetrus)and Anne. Paul was born in 1889 and was a shoe factory worker where his wife Anne (b. 1893) also worked as a lasterer on foot models. Anna was the oldest of four children. Her siblings were Helena, Alfons, and Lillian. They lived at 47 Hazel Street, Binghamton. It was said that Paul came over in 1909 on the ship Estonia from the Luban prot in Latvia. The family was catholic and originally from Lithuania. During the summers they farmed while during the winters, they lived in the city and built carriage wheels for the nobility. Many family members were carpenters and wood workers, something John turned out to be very good at. It was said after John was adopted, Anna’s father had stopped by Bertha and Guy’s home to see if John was doing fine, which he was. | John Crompton’s Family, 1982 Barbara, Cecee, Jean, John, and Susan

16: John enlisted into the army for a 3 year “Hitch” from Oct. 1954 – Oct 1957. He tested in basic training and was offered OTC -“Officer Training Candidate”. He could have worked up to Colonel. Tho he decided not to, he did wonder where he’d be if he did. His life turned out very well, none the less. His MOS was draftsman and he was stationed at Camp Cordon, GA, and then Fort Huachuca, AZ. He stated the Mexican Border was on the other side of the mountain. Here, he corresponded with Jean whom he met in 1955. He left the Army as Specialist 3rd class, E5. After leaving the Army, John got a job at the Hendrik Company as a draftsman. Then, in 1959, the Air Force began recruiting prior enlisted men. They offered no basic training, and John could pick his school of choice. He chose Ground Communications when he enlisted in December, 1959. He did two 4 – year “Hitches” with the Air Force until 1967. He started in school at Keesler AFB in MI and then transferred to Tyndall AFB , Panama City, FL, until 1960. He was then stationed in Sagalak Bay, Labrador, Canada. It was an “early warning radar base” on a coastal island. Below the MPR tower, he use to sit on edge of cliffs, feet dangling, 1200 ft above the ocean with field binoculars watching seals play. He spoke of an accident where a vehicle went over cliff with two passengers due to “white out” fog like he’d never seen before. However in 1960, Bertha took ill with cancer from a tumor on the side of her neck. John packed up all his belongings and had to wait three days to catch a Military Air Transport plane off the island. Bertha had a Military Dependent ID card, and the Red Cross had contacted him when she was placed in a nursing home. Her case worker was Mrs. Usa, and John was told “she wasn’t leaving, likely”. So John closed their apartment, sold the furniture to the neighbors, and gave all of Bertha’s pictures to her brother, his Uncle Marvin Hunt. After six months, she quietly passed away. During these months, John was stationed at Stewart AFB in NY. He was given two consecutive 3-Day Passes the week of her funeral. Bertha was buried beside Guy at Riverview Cemetery, Honesdale, NY. | John’s Years of Service in the US Military | John and Jean were married at the chapel on Stewart AFB. While stationed there, Barbara and Susan were born at West Point. In Jan. 1964, John and the family were transferred to Goodfellow AFB in Texas where he continued in school. Cecee was born that year. He went into the security service of Classified Communications. He was sent to Pakistan serving in the beginnings of the Indo/Pakistani War for six months in Peshawar, the capital of West Pakistan. He was stationed six miles from the India border. He remembers the “lights out” conditions and broken windows from the anti-aircraft shot by the Pakistanis. One time while operating the Projection Booth at the Base theatre, and earthquake struck, and he rushed out onto the roof to “jump into a bush”. He came home and brought with him many beautiful Pakistani souvenirs such as elaborate hand cut brass ware and carved items from local wood. He still has them to this day. In 1965 the family moved to Biloxi, MI, to the Keesler AFB where he built a house on Shore Drive. He left the Air Force in 1967 after 8 years as Staff Sgt E6.

17: David Franklin Bridge b. 1906s | The Story of Wilma Jean Bridges | Wilma Jean Bridges Born June 19, 1936 | Julia Pliney Weibel b. Oct. 16, 1906 | Lucinda Love Fox b 1879 | William Weibel b. 1876 | Isabel Locke Willet | Walter Elwyn Bridges | Julia Love Wilcox | Calving Pliney Fox | Elizabeth Neddegar | Christian Weibel | Christina Anderson | David Willett | Lavinia Susan Bakeman | Not Pictured: Wilson Bridges

18: Jean's Mother Julia and the Weibel Family | 1916 Julia, Viola, William, Lucinda, Lovina, William, Lucinda Lorena, and Calvin

19: Christian Weibel’s US Citizen form. | Julia’s father William’s parents came from Walhern and the family came from Aollikofen, Bern Canton, Switzerland, Aug 25, 1869 on the ship City of Dublin from Antwerp to NYC. Christian Weibel married Elizabeth Nydegger (Oct. 19, 1832 – Feb. 12, 1910) on Feb. 27, 1857. They had 11 children: Mary, Christian Jr., Elise, Rosing, Ernest, Edward, Rudolph, Jacob, John, Emma, and William, who was the youngest. The Nydeggers can be traced back to Ulrich Nydegger, Elizabeth’s great great grandfather born in 1697. | WilliamWeibel born Nove. 28, 1876

20: Baby Julia being held by Grandma Elizabeth. Translated from German, This letter was written by Elizabeth to Julia’s father William a few years before she passed away in 1910. | The Headstone for Christian and Elizabeth Weibel. They are buried in the Hannah Cemetery, in Wanatah La Porte, IN.

21: Lucinda Fox's Family Julia's Mother Lucinda’s parents come from Milan, OH. She was born July 19, 1879 in Bowling Green, OH | Calvin Pliney Fox July 21, 1843 –April 12, 1910 | Julia Love Wilcox Dec. 2, 1847 – Dec. 21, 1922 | Calvin and Julia Fox’s Marriage License Lucinda Love Fox, age 7

22: William and Lucinda were married Sept. 17, 1898 in Los Angelos, CA. They settled in Chicago, IL. Together they had six children. Julia was their fourth child. | Lucinda with her parents, Julia and Calvin Fox. It was her Grandmother Fox that Julia Weibel was named for.

23: William and Lucinda settled in Chicago, IL. With Lucinda’s parents, Julia Love Wilcox and Calvin Pliney Fox, William helped run the family grocery store which he listed in his selective service form. For many years, he delivered milk with this cart.

24: Lucinda Love was the youngest child of the Weibel Family. At the age of 4, she fell against a wood stove; Julia remembered the stove’s name burned on her chest. Lucinda died from the injuries; it was a tragic loss for the Family. | 1907 Baby Julia on William's Mother Elizabeth's Lap | 1910 Julia, William, Viola Calvin, Lovina | 1904 Young Weibel Family

25: The Weibels were a talented family; each member learned an instrument and they formed a family band. | After William’s passing in 1941, Lucinda lived a full life watching her children grow into adulthood, get married, and have children and even great grandchildren. Lovina cared for her in her later years, and she passed away in 1964. | Lucinda, 1963 | Julia’s children, Walter, Edward, and Jean 1943 | Julia’s Grandchildren - A fourth generation: Cecee, Barbara, David, Susan, Sarah, Tim, and Linda 1980 | The Weibel Family circa 1928 Lucinda, William, Viola, Lovina, Julia, Calvin, William Jr.

26: Julia did amazing things with her life. She was the first woman in her family to graduate college in 1928, was a teacher, and in 1963 she received her Masters in English. At the age of 10 she declared she'd travel around the world, and in 1971, she did. | Two special stories pertaining to Julia’s college efforts: In 1928, since her family didn’t believe in a woman going to college, her mother Lucinda was the only one who attended Julia’s graduation. She told Julia “how very proud she was of her”. In 1963, Julia had to take statistics, and gave credit to her husband David for getting her through it. She said she would have never graduated if it weren’t for him.

27: The Story of David Franklin Bridges Julia's Husband and Jean's father | David was born in Chicago in 1906. His mother, Isabel Locke Willett, came from Scotland as a child. His father Walter’s family came from Holland. David and Julia met when they were both 10 years old. Later, he grew up to became a chemical engineer for Corn Product. | Lavinia Susan Bakeman | Walter Elwyn Bridges | Isabel Locke Willett | Christina Anderson | David Willett | Duncan Willtet and Wife from Ayrshire, Scotland | Wilson Howard Bridges not pictured

28: The Willetts of Scotland David's Mother's Family | The Willetts came from Aryshire,Scotland in the 1880’s when Isa was a child. She later married Walter Bridges from Chicago | Isa's Parents Christina Anderson (our link to the McAnderson Clan) and Duncan Willett | Duncan Hettrick Willet and his sister Margaret | Duncan's Parents David Willett (1801 - 1876) and his Wife | Isabel Willett David Bridges Mother | The Willett Family | from Scotland David’s mother Isa’s Family | Genealogy of the Willetts sent to Julia from a Scottish relative

29: Isa had two brothers Malcolm and Duncan, and a sister Jean who Jean Bridges was named after. After Isa's passing, they remained very close to David and Julia. | David with Aunt Jean and Uncle Malcolm | Brideges with Malcolm Jean, age 5 | Julia with Jean and husband Bev | Aunt Jean, Bev, Malcolm and Marge

30: The Story of John Bakeman from Bridgeport, MN | “Patriarch” of the Bakeman Family | David Bridges Great Great Great Grandfather

31: David Bridges father’s family is descended from the Bakemans who came from Holland. This is copied from distant cousins of the family’s history beginning with John Bakeman who settled in Bridgeport, Maine. The Bakemans had several generations live in Maine until the 1860’s when Wilson Bridges married Lavinia Susan Bakeman and moved to Chicago, Illinois.

32: Francis Bakeman was born 1773. His son, Atherton Wales Bakeman married Susan Hall Gardner and had four children. He was a whaling captain and was lost at sea. It was his daughter Lavinia Susan Bakeman who married Wilson Bridges (and her younger brother George Albert who served and died in the Civil War). Wilson’s son Walter married Isa Willet, and together they had David Bridges, who in turned married Julia Weibel, and Jean was their first born.

33: You don’t see many pictures like this from the old days.. Jean always said how she loved this picture of her grandparents. Isa passed away from breast cancer when David was young and Walter went on to marry a second wife; sadly David lost touch with his father after this. Isa was very much loved by them both, and he stayed in touch with the Willetts through his life. | It was always said that Isa was Love of Walter's Life . . . | Isa and Walter Bridges David’s Parents

34: The Bridges and Bakemans | Lavinia Susan Bakeman | Her Children: Walter, Alice, and Frank | Walter Elwyn Bridges David's Father | David Bridges father Walter Elwynn Bridges and his mother Lavinia Bakeman

35: Wilson's Registration Card and Marriage License to Lavinia Susan Bakeman

36: George Albert Bakeman Younger Brother of Lavinia Susan Bakeman | George served in the 11th Maine Infantry. He lied about his age to get into the military, and even reenlisted. By age 19 he was promoted to Corporal. He fought in the Civil War and was stationed near Richmond and would spy for the Union. On August 16, 1864, during the Second Battle of Deep Bottom, he was in the position of lookout. It was said his commanding officer told him to be careful, and as he peered from behind a tree, a Confederate sniper’s bullet made its mark. While others cowered, he stood and performed at his post. | Because of George, Cecee always had an avid interest in the Civil War. Living in Virginia, and all the history here, Cecee and Mike have spent many anniversaries visiting Battlefields. In 2009, they went to Richmond, and visited the Glen Haven Visitor Center located in the Cemetery. It’s very likely George is buried here in an unmarked grave. It was amazing taking Allison and Grayson to see where their great great great great Uncle fought and died. George’s picture graces the “Wall of Faces” along with his story. His grave may not be marked, but his memory lives on.

37: His belongs, including this diary, were sent to Lavinia along with from his CO, Elias Morton. It was written that they went back to retrieve his body, but he was gone, likely buried in a mass grave. In later years, the soldiers from this battle were moved to Glen Haven National Cemetery

38: David Bridges Jean's Father | Born 1906 | High School Graduate, 1923 | ROTC Purdue U. | At Corn Prod in the Chemistry Lab | This is a drawing David drew for Julia when he was 14 yrs old | David working in the lab at Corn Product | 9 months old | Age 3

39: November 23, 1929 David and Julia were married | Her sister, with whom Julia was closest to, was her Maid of Honor | David and Julia’s Marriage License

40: Palos Park, Illinois | Pregnant with Jean | Julia's sister Lovina and Aurther Marbach's Wedding 1941 | Jean at the age of 4 with her younger brothers | The House in Palos Park | Jean Age 12 | David and Julia’s first home Built on land given by David’s Aunt Alice (Walter’s sister)

41: Jean and her Brothers Walter and Edward

42: In 1952, David was transferred to Westwood, NJ where he retired from Corn Products. Julia taught school and went on to get her Masters in English. Jean graduated from Westwood High School in 1951, went to Trenton State University, and got a degree in teaching.

43: It was November 4th, 1955. John was at the Mammoth Air Force Base; he heard a rumor a bus was “shipping fresh young woman” from Trenton State Teacher’s College for a dance. It turned out Jean was on that bus. She was wearing a black velvet scoop neck jumper with a red boatneck shirt. She and her three companions came up with a game who’d get asked in what order to dance. While there, a young man in glasses approached Jean, asking her for a dance, making her second to be requested. She learned his name was John Crompton. They danced one dance, he bought her a soft drink, and they spent the rest of the evening talking. For the rest is history (to be continued)

44: John and Jean Married July 22, 1961 | July 22, 1961 John and Jean get married at the Stewart Air Force Base, New York | John and Jean’s Marriage License

45: In Texas, Jean with her older daughters Barbara Jean and Susan Margaret. In this picture she’s expectant with Cecee. | The Bridal Party – Best Man: Drew, Matron of Honor: Jean Gallagher, Usher, Jean’s brother Walter | While living in Texas, John was sent overseas to Pakistan to serve during the Indo-Pakistani Wars. He brought home brass vases and carved artifacts that graced every house he lived in

46: Having Babies | Barbara Jean b. Feb. 20th, 1962 Susan Margaret b. April 13th, 1963 Cecilia Kay b. June 11th, 1964

47: After getting married at Stewarts AFB and having two babies at Westpoint, NY, John and Jean moved to Texas to Goodfellow AFB in Jan. 1964. There they had their third child. They lived there until John was transferred to Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MI; he left the Military in 1967.

48: Once arriving in Missippi, John and Jean rented a small white house in Ocean Springs on Hickory Drive. It near a railroad track where the girls loved watching trains go by. Later, on Shove Drive in Biloxi, John finally had his life long dream of building and owning his own house. He built an amazing back yard for the girls to enjoy.

49: Life in Mississippi | Some memories: The picture with John and the three matching dresses, Cecee remembers being taken to show the neighbors and hated having to wear the tights. Hurricane Camille had come through and washed out a bridge around the corner; Jean dressed up as Santa one Christmas, and Barb and Susan use to put Cecee in the toy box and sit on the lid.

50: After leaving the military in 1967, John had up to five job offers, one that even could have taken the family to Boston, MA. He settled on a job with Control Data in Arlington, VA where he taught computer electronics. It was then the family moved to Falls Church, VA and rented a small, white Cape Cod house on Meadow Lane. | It was a great house. The back yard had two beautiful apple trees great for climbing, and John put a white swing set under one. Susan got caught in the tree on the seesaw swing. John put a above ground pool on the back cracked, cement patio. The family would spend many hours swimming, and John would squeeze water out of one hand.

51: The family lived here until Aug. 1970 while their house in Greenbriar was being built. | The next door neighbors, the Westfalls, had a huge Willow tree many hours were spent playing under. Their son Eric was a contant playmate. His older sister Wendy and her friend Diane would babysit. Jean's daughters befriended the Brown Girls of Lucy and Bill: Kathy, Lori, and Tracy who all lived across the street. Little Jeanie lived next door, and a nice elderly couple with a rose garden lived two doors down.

52: 13310 Penny Packer Lane | In August 1970, the Cromptons moved to a subdivision called Greenbriar where their house was built. near Chantilly, Virginia

53: The Cromptons lived here from Aug. 1970 - Aug. 1973. John worked at Control Data teaching binary computer language and part time running the projector room at the Roth Theaters in Annandale, Va. He was very proud of this house and decorated it beautifully. Many memories of smock dresses, tights, granny dresses, and mini pantsuits were what the early 70's were all about for the girls.

54: It was around this time when Jean became involved in Girl Scouts. Left is the Ladies at the Juliet Low (founder of GS) Birthplace in Savannah, GA the family visited on a return trip from Florida. | Life in Northern Virginia | Soon the Jean had the girls into Brownies and Juniors, and plenty of camping and hiking to suit!

55: Most of the favorite memories was when the family went to the Skyline Drive for all day trips. They would go "to the mountains" often, and stop in the town of Shenandoah, VA to get ice cream at a local Tastee Freeze. This introduced the family to the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. | Jean was an avid Backpacker, Hiker, and took the girls on a multitude of camping trips teaching them to enjoy the outdoors. They were very active in Girl Scouts. John's love of historic Railroads and Canal also added to the great appreciation of local history.

56: August 1973 Harrisonburg, VA The family moves to the Shenandoah Valley | After five years fast paced years in Northern VA with John working at Control Data; his second job at the Annandale Roth Theatre lead to an offer to manage the Roth 1-2-3 in Harrisonburg, VA. So in August, 1973, John took the job and the family moved to the more sedate pace of the Shenandoah Valley to a townhouse at 588 Long Avenue while the house in Keezletown was being built.

57: February 1975 Keezletown, VA On a stretch of Keezletown Road, the Cromptons bought a beautiful acre and John designed and had built a yellow (of course!) Dutch Colonial 4 Bedroom House. It was just a shell when the family moved into it, but within over a year, John had it fully decorated, wood trim, wall paper, carpet, you name it, he proudly did it. It was a beautiful place to live.

58: From 1975 - 1982 the Cromptons lived in Keezletown; the girls went to Keezletown Elementary, Montevideo Intermediate and Spotswood Senior High School. John continued to work at Roth Theaters | All three girls went through their adolescent years here in Keezletown. They moved here as young girls and left here as young women. We're still not sure how John survived it.

59: At one time during the early 80's, the entire family worked for Roth Theaters. John eventually became the district manager for the Shenandoah Valley area.

60: Cannonball Country Kimmy Cat Crompton | The World's Greatest Cat | You couldn't find a cat more loved than Kimmy. She came into the Crompton's lives Sept. 10, 1972 after being found by Karen McKimmie (her namesake) on a GS camping trip. She got her name by various means; when she'd jump down from behind the faux fire place at Penny Packer Lane, she sounded like a cannonball. In Keezletown, she loved roaming the country side. In 1980, she was hit by a car, and had her left hip reconstructed. You never met a more wonderful, loving, patient creature. She was adored by the whole family, and a cherished pet for 14 years.

61: From 1984 - 1985, Cecee had Kimmy all to herself while living in VA, but she soon realizedit was better for Kimmy to live in FL with Jean and John. She was very attached to her.. | Sadly, by 1986 and likely the age of 16, Kimmy had developed a brain tumor over her left eye. As she aged, it grew larger causing the fur to turn white and on Dec. 5, 1986, after 14 years gracing our family, we had to make the very hard decision to let her go. When Jean came home, she found John, a gold hearted tough-on-the outside guy, out in the back yard in tears, digging a place for Kimmy. She was buried beneath a beautiful tree with white blossoms. She will always be cherished.

62: Julia's Grandchildren Ed had two sons, Tim and Dave while Walter had two daughters, Sarah and Linda. Altogether Julia had seven grandchildren, fun cousins! | With Ed and Boys 1982

63: June 1980 Bridges Family Reunion This shows Julia with her three children and their children | Susan, Linda, Dave Barbara, Tim, Sarah, Cecee

64: Va in the Early 80's These were happy years; the girls grew into typical teenagers, even driving to FL on their on to see Grandma Julia in 1981 | By 1982, the family had nice pictures taken since Barbara was getting ready to move to Utah. Above, on her last night, the girls got silly. As noted, it's hereditary

65: High School Graduations | Barbara Susan Cecilia 1980 1981 1982 | Grandma Julia made sure to come to each girl's graduation. | As one proud tradition goes, three generations went to college and graduated in middle age! | Julia Jean Cecee 1963 1980 2007

66: The Tale of Two Sisters Lovina was Julia's older sister; they were so close, Lovina was Julia's Maid of Honor. Lovina married at Julia's house. After David's passing, Julia bought a house around the corner from Lovina in Mt. Dora, FL where we spent years visiting. They're even buried next to each other. | Lovina did a lot of sewing; she even made quilts for the girls: blue for Susan, yellow for Cecee, and pink for Barbara.

67: Julia was a very much loved Grandma; really the only grandparent the Crompton girls had. However, Uncle Art and Aunt Bina became the other "grandparents" to the girls and were very just as adored. Art passed in April, 1973, Lovina in April, 1978, and Julia in December 1991. They will always be loved and deeply missed.

68: Visits with Grandma Julia in Mt. Dora, FL | The Bicentennial 1976 | 1968 | 1972 | 1973 Uncle Art's Funeral | 1975

69: 1978 Aunt Bina's Funeral | 1980 Spring Break | 1979 | 1981 Spring Break, the girls drove!

70: Orlando, FL 1983 | John accepted a job at Disney when they opened Epcot in 1982; Jean stayed with Susan and Cecee in VA until 1983, and Barb moved to Utah to attend BYU. In Taft, Fl, they built a house at 942 California Woods Circle

71: Eventually Barb and Susan moved to Florida while Cecee kept her roots in the Shenandoah Valley. Through the 80's many great memories were made visiting Mom and Dad.

72: On Sept. 27th, 1996, Barbara married Jerry Brull in Orlando, FL. There they had their first child, a son named Mysyk Wales. | They moved to Manitowoc, WI and had a second child, a girl named Hollie Jean. | Jerry joined the military and served in Afghanistan | Barbara

73: Life proves well for them. Two kids couldn't ask for more devoted parents.

74: Susan ended up moving to California where she met Frank Sherman; they married in 1998, had two sons, Daniel and Scott, and built a house in Herriman, Utah. Later on they adopted Jean, a girl from foster care, and together became a family. | Susan

75: Susan and Frank make amazing parents. They travel over the West Coast introducing the kids to great places like Yellowstone, passing on the appreciation of nature, history, and railroads. Also passing on the proud tradition of Scouting, Susan happily became a den leader for Scott and Daniel. Lucky kids, indeed.

76: Cecee stayed in Harrisonburg; in 1987 she met Mike, and on July 4th, 1992 they married. Sept.26, 1996 they had Allison. They bought a house in Broadway in 1997, and in 1999, they had Grayson who completed the family. They've spent many happy years in this home, and plan on spending many more. Cecee couldn't have been blessed with a better husband and father t0 her children she adores. | Cecilia

78: The girls married and moving on, Jean continued to work at Disney. By 1994, John and Jean went their separate ways, but remained on good terms. As luck would have it, Jean met her new soulmate, Lew Kinsey, and after their first date on a dune buggy ride, the two hooked up, and a happy life began anew for Jean and Lew. | 23 | 6 | 96 | Jean and Lew snook into the Disney Park and tied the knot; her daughters, overjoyed, came together in Virginia and on a beautiful overlook surrounded by friends and family, Jean and Lew reaffirmed their vows and celebrated with lunch at the Sheraton.

79: Happily married going 15 years, Jean and Lew have made for themselves a very good life of retirement!

80: Jean and Lew make the most of life! Lew, or Pinnochio, as he's known, makes a great PapaLew to the grandkids, and he and Jean travel the country visiting family in his bike/side car. How cool is that? | For two silly lovebirds, Jean and Lew make a great couple. They dote very much on each other. Hard to tell, ya know?

81: Origrammy | Origrammy | Jean's Gift Since Jean's youth, she has taken a love for Origami, or Japanese paper folding. She's since has become a master of it, and has spent many hours of volunteering her tremendous talent to many friends and organizations. Her work is amazing and makes all in her family so proud of her! | You suggest it, Jean makes it; from flowers to animals, to just about anything that exists, her work is just incredible. She has even advanced into making beautiful jewelry that will be always cherished and loved.

82: Generations of Brides and Babies | Julia and David 1920 | Lovina and Art 1941 | Jean and John 1961 | Jean and Lew 1996 | Barbara and Jerry 1996 | Susan and Frank 1998 | Cecee and Mike 1992

83: David Bridges and Julia Weibel born 1906 | Wilma Jean Bridges born June 19, 1936 | Barbara Jean Feb. 20, 1962 Susan Margaret April 13, 1963 Cecilia Kay June 11, 1964 | Daniel Jan., 2000 Scott Jan., 2003 | Allison Renee Sept. 26, 1996 Grayson William Dec. 27, 1999

84: 2005 Disney Family Magical Gathering A very special event when the whole Crompton Family came together

85: Family Reunion Day June 19th, 2005 What made this day so special was that it was both Jean's Birthday and Father's Day. A wonderful day spent with the entire family.

86: Jean's Three Babies Growing Up Barb, Susan, Cecee | 1965 | 1967 | 1968 | 1970 | 1972 | 1973 | 1969

87: 1976 | 19 | 1979 | 1982 | 1983 | 1988 | 1996 | 2005

88: Sept 2009 Jean and Lew came for a visit with Cecee's family; it included a trip to the mountains on a beautiful day; memories forever!

89: Even more special was spending Grandparents Day together!

90: Celebrating Mom and Daughter I love you, Mom | Our Day, May 5th Here in 1985, just as I began living in VA on my own, Mom came to visit, and we spent the most beautiful day on the Skyline Drive. | 1967 | 1964 | 1978 | 1980 | 1982 | 1983 | 2004 | 2010 | 2009

91: In Dedication | To Jean: Thank you, Mom, for being the best mother one can be. You were there every time I needed you; and you truly are the best inspiration of making the most of life. I love you so much. | Cecilia

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