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Henry (Hank), Ann's father,
grew up in Rhode Island and lived there through college and marriage.
During the great depression they moved to California to gain employment.
He enrolled in optometry school there and became an optometrist.
He worked for other optometrists and had a practice of his own
during his carreer. Many family trips were to Rhode Island to
visit family and to Yosemite and Sequoia for camping. He always
loved the ocean, sail boats and light houses. After retirement,
he and his wife traveled a good deal in their RV, all over the
US and Canada.
Ann's mother was Olive.
She also grew up in Rhode Island near the 'shore' as she always
called it. She enjoyed boating in the family skiff, 'quahogging'
and swimming. She graduated from Pembroke University with a BS
in Science, then married. Her carreer was to raise 4 of the 5
children to whom she gave birth. One child, Mary Louise, Ann's
twin sister, died shortly after birth. Family was everything to
her, her immediate family and those who lived across the country.
She went back not only for vacations, but to care for ailing parents
was the first of Hank's and Olive's children. She graduated with
a degree in home economics and had a long carreer in elementary
education. She always had a love for children and found fun activities
to enable them to learn. She loves animals and often had pet frogs,
turtles, and one dog, Princess. She and her husband found her
as a puppy wondering in a parking lot and adopted her.
Frank came next. As a child
he enjoyed sports such as basketball, baseball, swimming and diving.
He especially liked to go to Catalina for summer camp where he
could snorkel and go spear fishing. He probably didn't like it
much, but Ann often tagged along and learned to play basketball
and baseball from him. After graduation from college he had a
few jobs before moving to Washington where he enjoyed doing a
little farming before going to seminary to become an Episcopal
priest. After serving as priest in Washington, Hawaii, and Nevada,
he returned to the state he loves best, Washington.
was the fourth child, coming about ten minutes after her twin
sister who died shortly after birth. She often wonders what her
life would have been like had Mary Louise lived. Different, she's
sure, but how? She graduated with a BS in Nursing and worked as
a nurse for thirty-five years, at times on a part-time basis (when
the children came along). She and her husband have two daughters
and six grandchildren. Family is everything to her and she loves
having a good time with her grandchildren. Since retirement she
has continued to serve in the Church and served a mission with
her husband in Arkansas. They loved their experience there and
hope to go on another mission.
Tom was the baby of the
family. He often seemed to get stuck being dragged along to his
siblings' activities. He got as excited about the high school
football games as did Frank and Ann. Vicariously, they were his
teams as well. He was very active in scouting as a child and loved
anything to do with the forest. His family frequently went camping
for vacations in national parks and he always fancied himself
as a forest ranger. He also enjoyed swimming. Tom married after
graduation from college and had one son.