A few weeks later we took another Temple trip with our dear friends, the DeGraws and another 75 year old sister. We ate on picnic tables and had such a good time. We filled long days in the Temple, staying there three days again. Estella’s (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) back didn’t bother her at all.
We went to Utah again in November and went to the library to get copies of things that Estella needed. She was making up Books of Remembrance for her children for Christmas. Margie (Marjorie Ann Judkins) had just recently had surgery for Gall Bladder and was not fully recovered from it yet so we stayed in Spanish Fork with Bert (Bert Lund Murphy) and Verda (Verda May Rowley). Estella spent most of the time working on sheets for her books. She also went to Wellington to see her brothers and sister. When we got back to Margie’s she was so go to help Estella with typing and in taking us to have enough copies made. Making the books took a lot of work and quite a bit of money, but we hope that in years to some they will become precious beyond price.
We went to Richfield with Bert and Verda and Lois (Lois Evelyn Chapman) and saw Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and Erma (Erma Thornton) in the little house they had bought there. We could see that Opal (Opal M. Rowley) was so glad to have her folks living there. Opal’s oldest son was married and living there, too so it made it nice for all. It makes me happy when I can be with my brothers and sisters and it makes me very happy when any of my loved ones are happy. Of course what makes us the happiest is living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We stayed in Utah for Thanksgiving and most of December. Just before we left for home we heard that Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) was the father of another daughter (Shawna Lee Rowley).
In 1975 Virginia’s (Virginia Fern Johnson) daughter, Bekki Jo (Bekkie Jo McKnight) graduated from Nampa High and we were so proud to know that she was going to Ricks College. We were also hearing good things about our other grandchildren.
We had the opportunity to go to the temple many times, both in Idaho Falls and in Utah. These are some of my best memories.
I was going over to the Spa in Boise with a friend to see if it would make my knees feel better. In the spring he had his hip operated on and later had the other one done. He hadn’t been able to walk unassisted for years and had been in pain all that time. Now he felt so good and was walking again so I went to his doctor and had him look at my knees.
We went on a short trip to Utah with our good friends, Bert and Margaret Ashby. They had children in Orem, too.
We took a weekend trip up to the place in Oregon with Harold (Harold Norman Johnson) and Myrna Jean (Myrna Jean Johnson) and the family. It was our last because we sold the trailer back to the Tidwell’s and turned the land back, also. We did bring some wood home, however.
Estella had been having a lot of trouble with her back again, but she had found a new doctor in Payette who was helping her and I was driving her over there several times a week.
To be continued…