My theme for the A to Z April Challenge is “In-Laws and Out-Laws – Friends of the Family.” I will be researching friends, colleagues, neighbors - those people who came and went touching my family’s lives in both small and large ways.
is for Ward. Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Ward.
Red hair. Big smile and a laugh to match. “Dahling” said with the proper measure of sarcasm. That’s what I remember about my mother’s best friend from high school, a woman who shoulda woulda coulda been a friend for life except for a brief period when they just drifted apart but were reunited in the worst of circumstances.
They reconnected as both were receiving chemo treatments for ovarian cancer. What were the odds?
But in their youth, they must have been something to behold!
The pretty girls at Cradock High School, class of 1946.
Steady girlfriends of the popular boys
|Dickie Blanks and Mary Davis|
Dickie was Senior Class president
and captain of 3 sports teams
|Tommy Watson and Betsy Ward|
Tommy was president of the Student Council,
played 4 sports, and was an officer in numerous
clubs including the Debate Team
Beauties on the beach
|Christine Wisehart, Betsy Ward, Mary Eleanor Davis|
|I LOVE this picture. I'm sure|
Betsy thought this pose was funny.
Party girls in the BEST sense of the word
|At the Palomar dance club Virginia Beach 1945|
Tommy Watson, Betsy Ward,
Mary Eleanor Davis, Dickie Blanks
|At the Frolic dance club probably 1947|
I guess Tommy and Dickie had been kicked to the curb.
Damn ovarian cancer!
|Betsy's freshman photo|
Longwood College 1946-47
|What Betsy wrote on the back of her photo|
If you have withstood my wily and whimsical wheedling, then wallow in the wanderlust of more waggish writings and witticisms wafting your way at the A to Z April Challenge.