|Birth: ||Feb. 5, 1927|
Ref: "Out of My Mind" by Kathryn R. French, January 2013, preface – "Larry and I married when I was 17 (and he was 19!) on March 3, 1946. Our parents agreed to sign the consent papers for us to get married ONLY if we had a place to live. They stipulated that we could not live with either set of parents but must have our own place. It was just after the end of World War II and with the return of our soldiers, all available housing was snatched up. There were no houses or apartments for us to rent…..so we bought a house! (Larry was making $15.00 per week, approximately, but we were determined!) Of course there was the usual loudly voiced opinion that we were too young and "it wouldn't last". But as I write this, we have been married for 66 ˝ years, so I think it may "last". Maribeth was born April 6, 1947 and Barbi came along sixteen months later on August 20, 1948. (She was also a "preemie"!) A few years ago, we lost bot of our lovely daughters to heart problems.
Larry owned and operated Larry's Auto Service and I owned and operated Kathy's Nursery School, but we had many other interests, too. Larry pastored the little church at St. Anthony, IA for 19 years. There were girl scouts, 4H, church activities, private mission works, Lion's Club, (and Lion's Ladies), Maxwell Fire Department (and their wives), school activities, and son on and on, and on.
Over the years, we managed to collect several "foster children" and foster grandchildren": Eunice, Marilyn, Bobby, Amy, Noc Bui, Sareth, and Many and their children, and others we love as "family". We also have one godson and two goddaughters………"
Page 195, Maxwell Centennial. Walsworth, Mareline, MO, USA, under Businesses section - "Larry's Auto Service began in January 1945 in the north end of the building housing the locker plant. It has been located at 408 Ashford since 1949. The building and contents were destroyed by fire on Dec. 30, 1974. A new metal building was erected in June 1975 and is still in use. Lawrence "Larry" French has been the sole owner and proprietor of the business. Larry's Auto Service offers general auto repair, air-conditioning and refrigeration service."
Russell Ray French (1900 - 1988)
Iva M. Sipling French (1900 - 2003)
Kathryn Ruth Lovell French (1928 - ____)*
Mary Elizabeth French Pollard (1947 - 2008)*
Barbara Esther French Evans (1948 - 1999)*
Created by: Dennis Bell
Record added: Oct 28, 2013
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