Nannie Belle Coulter and Jessie Delbert Hill – Mom and Pap Hill – my beloved paternal grandparents. They were married June 27, 1911 – he was 17, she was 15. Today would be their 100th wedding anniversary if they were still with us.
Pap always told me the first time he saw Mom she was ‘the prettiest little thing – and I knew I was going to marry her!’ They had 8 children, 31 grandchildren – plus great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren too numerous to count. By this date I’m sure there are at least one or two more generations!
This picture was taken on the day of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1961. It was such a special day – a huge celebration held at St. Joe School. I was four years old!
Another celebration was held in 1973 – this one I remember! This anniversary was their 62nd – perhaps a strange number to celebrate – but it happened to be their last. Pap died the next April. It was an outside party – too many people for their small house to hold! A long wagon held dish after dish of food. The Hills have always been good cooks, and a special occasion like this brought out only the best. Mom had a corsage of white carnations tinted green – would emerald be the 60th anniversary? There was music played – grandchildren who played guitars, fiddle and banjo – and fun to be had by all. Think of all the people who cherished those two! And who still do!