Harold (Harold Norman Johnson) and I both put our places up for sale and it didn’t take too long to sell them. We sold ours about the middle of June and had enough to pay cash for the rest of the mobile home and by using our savings we also paid cash for the lot we bought in Mountain Home. We closed the deal on the lot the last part of June and Harold worked strips of ground out of the pasture grass in the back yard and Myrna Jean (Myrna Jean Johnson) and I planted some garden. They moved our trailer over on 1 July and shortly after Harold moved into it because they didn’t have his house ready yet. They put a big tent up in the front yard for the children to sleep in.
Before we left New Plymouth the ward gave us and Harold’s family a dinner and farewell party. The things they said about all of us, it was very heartwarming. We still love those people.
We went to Utah in July and attended the Rowley and Alcorn reunions. Estella (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) still had to be careful and tired easily because she had a very serious operation in May. It could have been cancer but turned out to be ovarian cysts and she had to have a complete hysterectomy as well.
We moved out of our place on the first of September and Harold was able to move into his house about two weeks later. There were 12 people in our mobile home for a while, but we got along just fine.
Some of our friends in New Plymouth even brought our wood and some of our other things and wouldn’t let us pay them a thing.
We went to Utah again on a very joyous occasion – my grandson Bill Rowley (William Douglas Rowley) was going on a mission and my granddaughter, Dwana Judkins (Dwana Kay Judkins) was getting married.
Douglas (Douglas Alcorn Rowley) and Vonna’s (Vonna Ensign) son Bill, started his mission to England on 2 December 1976 and Dwana was to be married in the 16th of December so Estella went to California to visit her daughter during the time in between. It was warm and nice and she had a good time. I met her bus in the morning and told her that we were going to Richfield and had just been waiting for her. The last thing she wanted to do was to ride some more. But she went and I sure she is glad she did because that was the last time we saw Erma (Erma Thornton) alive.
Dwana had a lovely wedding in the Manti Temple. I guess she wanted to be married there partly because her mother was married there. The wedding breakfast and their reception was so beautiful. She married Steve Durrant on 16 December 1976. He is a very wonderful guy and they are very happy. They went to Hawaii for their honeymoon. Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) and Linda (Linda Roskelley) were so glad to have them there.
I think I forgot to tell about my granddaughter, Donna Smith (Donna Diane Smith) getting married. She has always been special to me and I think that she always loved me in a special way, too. She gave us a place as greeters at her wedding reception and of course it was wonderful to see her married in the Salt Lake Temple on 12 April 1973 to Douglas Birk (Douglas Jones Birk).
My daughter Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) married Calvin Knighton (Calvine King Knighton) on 3 October 1968. We did some of Lillian’s (Lillian Alcorn) family sealing’s that night, too. We were glad to see Grace happy again. Calvin is a fine fellow.
To be continued…