Buddy's tour of duty ended and he came back to Cairo in August of 1969.
In September of 1975 Buddy got a job at the copper refinery and we moved with our three children to Granite City, IL. I worked as a school bus driver from 1980 until 1989 when I took a job in the office as dispatcher and later as an assistant manager for the school bus Company in St. Louis, Mo. I left my job in 1997 so Buddy and I could help take care of our visually impaired grandson, until he could enter a resource center at age 3. A babysitter was out of the question when we could get all the hugs and kisses for ourselves. Grandchildren really changed our lives. Buddy rocked and hummed to Austin so much he still hums in his sleep to this day. Our two sons and their families live within minutes of us, but our daughter lives in Des Moines, Iowa and is a Ralph Lauren specialist. Wow, does she have a closet to kill for!
We are blessed with two great daughter-in- laws that let us spoil our three beautiful grandchildren.
We get to Cairo often to see my mom, my brother Rick and my sister in Kentucky.
Buddy and I are both very active in our church with the youth group and drug substance group. I teach a youth Sunday school class, drive the Church van and compose the bulletin each week.
We both love to fish and when we can, we enjoy getting away to southeastern Illinois where we have our camper and boat set up near Rosiclare ready to go fishing.