FC: A Love Story
1: PREFACE Pat Davis married Joe Goodman when she was seventeen years old and the life he gave her was all she knew. Joe was a hard working cowboy from Oklahoma and eighteen years older than Pat. He loved her, but he certainly could never be called adoring, Even though Joe was a good provider, Pat worked as hard as any cowhand. They traveled some, but it was mostly for business. And although some of the places they went to and some of things they did were exciting, the trips they took could never be called 'romantic get-aways.' For Pat, such things were idealistic and happened only in books. Pat and Joe had been married for thirty-four years when he died in 1974. While Joe left Pat financially comfortable, she had never been alone and she was lost. He had also left a lot of things undone and as Pat set out to put things in order, she was glad to at least have things to do. One of those things was to dispose of a large amount of scrap metal. A neighbor had a friend who knew about things like that and asked if he should call. She said yes. That friend was Frank Snow.
3: Frank had been divorced for a few years and wasn't especially looking for a relationship. But when he met this shy, sad woman he knew he would have to see her again. He told her he would buy the metal and then found reasons why he would have to return. After a couple of visits he asked, "Don't you ever invite a guy in for coffee?" Surprised, and not knowing what else to do, she invited him in. As they sat at the kitchen table drinking coffee Frank could tell that Pat had been crying and thought (or so he told her later) "I wonder if I could have this woman." He was totally smitten and began a campaign to woo her and romance her and win her heart. This was so new to Pat that she wasn't sure it was real... but she was flattered and intrigued. One day Frank told her, "Pat, if you don't marry me I'm going to move in anyway!" So on November 18, 1974... they were married. | The Beginning...
4: Pat and Frank were truly blessed to have found each other. Theirs was a special, once-in-a-lifetime kind of love... and no two people deserved it more! | Their story is one to inspire others who might think they have lost their chance at true love and happiness. They found each other when they weren't even looking. | happiness
5: For the first time in her life, Pat learned what it was like to be cherished. Some say Frank put Pat on a pedestal, but that's wrong... Frank never would have been able to tolerate that much distance between them. He was content to take her by the hand and lead her to places she had never been, and Pat was content to follow. Frank delighted in watching Pat experience new things... and in seeing old things in ways she had never seen them before. Pat was respected, adored and loved! And she, in return, loved Frank in a way she had never thought possible. Pat was absolutely everything Frank thought she would be... kind, loving, supportive and every bit a man's woman. And Frank was everything Pat had never dared to dream about... her knight in shining armor! They truly adored one another! | I've heard it said that to love is to receive a glimpse of heaven
7: Pat loved it when Frank would walk up to the house from the barn just to give her a hug and a kiss. And that happened many times everyday
8: Frank was a skilled welder, well respected in the community, but he hated to be away from Pat for even a short workday. So he started his own business in the barn so he could always be near her. Between welding jobs Frank used his skills to build artifacts for the yard and garden and Pat delighted in choosing new spots for the next artistic treasure. They built a wonderful life together. Everyday after breakfast he went to work while she took care of the house and her beautiful flowers! At noon, Pat called him in for lunch and and they always ate together. As his business grew, Frank hired other welders to help with the work so he and Pat could travel. He showed her parts of California that Pat had never seen before. He took her up in the mountains to meet his family... and Pat's family was thrilled that she had finally found someone who appreciated her and loved her the way she deserved to be loved. They were the perfect couple who never raised their voices to each other and never spoke across word to one another.
9: Best cook in the county! | (Most appreciative diner in the county)
10: Such a beautiful yard and cactus garden...
12: ...Pismo Beach | Pat and Frank loved short excursions to places like...
13: ...Sequoia National Park
14: ....Lake Tahoe | and Mt. Pinos
18: But no matter where they traveled their favorite place was always home.
20: Frank passed away on May 17, 1991 and Pat laid him to rest beside what will be her final resting place. But the love story will never end because just as sure as Pat thinks about him and misses him every single day, Frank is looking down lovingly and protectively... until they meet again.