Some of you may know that I’ve recently released a CD and a DVD of two all-Bach concerts I presented in August. I announced the availability of the recordings on my FaceBook page, and lo! and behold, yesterday I got an order from someone in Florida.
I was not familiar with the name, Sue Easley, so I tried to find her on FaceBook only to discover we had a mutual friend, Chris Cullen Bartlett from Burbank High. I got really excited when I learned Sue also graduated from Burbank High. A little more digging, and it was Susan Parker Easley, from the Class of ’68!
She accepted my FaceBook friend request, and on Friday, announced it was her 44th wedding anniversary. That means she and husband John Easley were married in September 1969, making them one of the longest-married couples from our class. Here’s what she wrote about herself:
John and I have been married for 44 years. As the wife of a career Navy man ( he did 30 years) our family has lived in Puerto Rico, Okinawa, Japan and a couple of years in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. In between overseas tours the Navy kept sending us back to the Pensacola, Florida area so when it came time to retire we stayed. Our three children, two sons and one daughter, have located nearby so we are able to see them often. We also have three grand-daughters ages 11, 8 & 6. And for the pet lovers we have 12 grand-cats and 2 grand-dogs, when we need a pet fix we go visit the kids. I retired this summer after 17 years in the college bookstore business. I worked for Follett, and was manager of the bookstore at the Milton campus of Pensacola State College. I really enjoyed my time there but am looking forward to being home and getting back into sewing and quilting. You will probably laugh when i tell you this, but every time I see pink gingham fabric I remember 8th grade and our matching dresses, that is real friendship. Our retirement has taken a twist as John has developed Parkinsonism and is slowing down rapidly. We aren’t traveling as much as we used to, but there is always another cruise to take somewhere.
Another couple who was married in the same month and year was Sallie Shelton Thomas, who with husband John, would also have celebrated 44 years together. Sadly, John passed away on June 4th earlier this year. (Click here for his obituary in the Burbank Leader.)
I asked Steve Raine how many years he’s been married to Mary aka “Beauty”, and he said 41, with number 42 coming up next July 15th! What a coincidence! My husband and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary also on July 15th!
Say, all you Burbank High grads who have been married 40 years or more, please raise your hands! and tell us how you’ve done it.
P.S. If you would like to take a look at my CD and DVD, you can click here.