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Ground Hog Day Elopement

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On Groundhog day in 1935, while most people were worried about whether or not Punxsutawney Phil was going to come out of his hole and see his shadow, my grandparents could have cared less.  All they were worried about was getting to Marshall, Texas and getting married before they got caught.

I’ve posted about this story before which you can read here.  I just can’t help but think of them on this day.  Today, they would have been married for 78 years if they were both still living.

This is my grandparents, Bill and Mary Parks.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill, or Daddy-O as I called him, passed away when I was seven years old, in 1978 so I don’t have many memories of him.  I do remember him though, and I know how much my grandmother loved him because she mourned him until she died in 2007.  That is a long time to live without the love of your life.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of them together.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks, my grandfather was in the Army in WWII.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks, I love this picture they look so handsome.

Bill and Mary Parks.

Bill and Mary Parks, going for a ride and they look so happy about it.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks, still in love and happy many years later.

So, today as they celebrate together in heaven, I celebrate them here.  They eloped after knowing each other for two weeks and their love endured a life time.  I admire them so much for that.

By the way, Punxsutawney Phil brought them six more weeks of winter in 1935 when they married, and today he says spring is coming so I am really celebrating now!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Wedding Wednesday – Bill and Mary Parks

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This is the telegram that maternal grandfather, Bill Parks sent to his father, J.T. Parks after he and my grandmother Mary Ball eloped.

One of the few stories that my grandmother Mary told me about was her elopement. I asked her one day how she met my grandfather, and she told me. I don’t remember how or where she met him, because I was so excited about the rest of the story, that I forgot the part of where or how they met.

She told me that Bill told her the very first time they met that he was going to marry her, and two weeks later they eloped.

They went to Marshall, Texas and got married.

Bill and Mary Ball Parks' Marriage License

On the way back, she got scared because she told me her father was very strict, so she went back home to her parents and tried to pretend that nothing had happened for two whole days.

My grandfather Bill had enough of this, he wanted his wife! He came and got her, and they lived happily ever after.

According to her, anyway. I do believe her. They always seemed happy when I was around them.

This is my grandparents, and my mother just a couple of years after they were married.  They were on vacation at the Grand Canyon.

Mary, Mary Helen and Bill Parks

By the way, this is the grandmother that was going to throw all her photos and memorabilia away when she went into the nursing home, but instead gave them all to me. I’m so glad she did, because now I have this telegram to go along with the story she told!

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