We are having a reception for them on February 6. I would like
the poem by the end of January if possible due to cancer in my family (hit us hard one year - my brother, my
husband, & myself - my husband did not survive).
Parents names: Ray Fry 74 & Dorris Pointer Fry 67
Childrens names: Mike 42, Amy 39(me), & Susan 33
Grandchildren: Mike's - Christy 22, Damon 20, Robbi (died at 5 weeks),Jennifer 11, & Jamie 8
Amy's - Jessica 16 & Melinda 12
Susan's - Amanda 16 & Faith 11
Great Grandchild: Amanda's - Marc 2 months
Ray: Born in Ohio - May 27, 1925 - Farmer, carpenter, welder, hospital
maintenance man (present), father
Dorris: Born in Marlin, Texas - December 5, 1932 - housewife, farmer's wife (which includes just about everything), mother
Ray & Dorris: Met while he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas
Moved to Montpelier, Ohio - lived on farm
Moved to Hamilton, Texas in 1968
My parents are the best - my friends (even now) always said
that they wish their parents were more like mine. No matter
what, they were & still are here for us whenever we need them
(which is always).
My husband died about 7 years ago & we live next door to my
parents. I do not know what I would have done without them. I
work at the elementary school library as an aide & have a hard
time raising my girls. My parents are always here to lend a helping
hand. I reciprocate by helping them as much as possible, cleaning
their house, running errands, going grocery shopping, etc. Busy,
My father is still working full-time as maintenance man at the
hospital in Clifton, Texas. We moved from Hamilton to Clifton
so he could help build the hospital. Now he works there...
The great grandson & four of the grandchildren were born
in the hospital - you could say it is a big part of our lives.
He has worked HARD all his life & even when he is not at
the hospital, he is working somewhere, doing something
for someone. Favorite singer/performer: Boxcar Willie (deceased)
They both loved going to Branson Missouri to see him &
My mother was always there to fix cookies or sandwiches,
whatever we needed for school parties, etc. It did not matter
if she only had an hour or a couple of days to fix something,
she always had it when we needed it. She has some medical
problems & can only get around with the use of a Jazzy chair
(electric scooter). She is in pain, but can always make the best
of a bad situation. She has a computer & can now "surf the Net".
I get a call from her sometimes when she has a "computer
problem" & I run next door to get her going again. She loves to
email friends & family. She also loves to send & receive jokes.
My mom liked seeing/hearing Mel Tillis in Branson. I think her
favorite movie is probably a toss-up between Arthur & Crocodile
Dundee. She also likes the Dallas Cowboys. They both like to
watch wrestling. In fact, a couple of the grandkids have gotten
hooked on wrestling & like to watch it with their Granny (one of
them is my youngest). Oh yeah, my mom is called Granny & my
dad is called either PawPaw or Grandpa.
I would really love to be able to give my parents a poem. They
have had their ups & downs during the past fifty years but always
seem to come out on top of things. I do not want it in the poem,
because not everyone knows about it, but the three of us were
adopted & I honestly think I could not have had better parents if
I had gone out & handpicked them myself. God chose really well...
Thank you in advance....
Ray and Dorris
Copyright Allen Jesson :)2000
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