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Marion was born in Montague, Massachusetts, and lived in Massachusetts until she was in her 50s. She grew up in a little town, Springfield. Her grandparents lived close by so she was really close to her mother’s parents, and she frequently would go on vacation with her mother’s side of the family. “I have two siblings, one brother who is older than me by three years and sister who is younger than me by 5 years. My mom lost her first child, a boy. His food went to his lungs instead of his stomach and he didn’t live long. My niece is the only other member of the family to go through that, but she lived since we now have the technology to deal with those kinds of health issues.”
“When my sister was a toddler we would pull trees with a jeep as my mom drove. We played in the sand and lived in an apartment. I walked to school then. When I was older, around 2nd or 3rd grade, my dad built a house with no prior knowledge of how to build a house. It was a three bedroom ranch. He started building it when I was in 1st or 2nd grade, when we lived in apartments. He even grouted in between the bricks of the house, he was a perfectionist.” Her mother didn’t work until she was in 9th grade.
She lived in a big neighborhood and had a bunch of friends. Sally Edwards was her friend of many years. “I lived next door to twins and we would play with dolls for hours on end. It was just a blast.” Her favorite childhood toy was her bike and she took tennis lessons.
She would spend her summers at the cottages her mother’s brother built and would camp with her grandparents. Her uncle also had kids, so it was a relatively large family. They would go to the cottages on the 4th of July and Labor Day. There was a large pond there where they would fish, swim, and see the other side of the pond. They would take a boat to get there. There was a car accident one year. Her mother doubted whether or not she would be able to make it to the cottages, but she did, and her grandma said, “I told you she’d be here.”
Marion remembers that when she was younger, you could get 2 movies, 2 newsreels, and ice-cream at the movie theatre for 25 cents. “There were high school dances every Friday night from 8 to 10 p.m. or 8-11 p.m. It was 50 cents to get in, and it was a lot fun. I would meet guys at dances. Once I danced with my brother’s friend and my brother asked me, “Marion, why are you dancing with him?”
She started hanging out with her future husband in March of her senior year. Their first date came in April, where they watched Cleopatra in a drive-in. Her best friend liked him too, but it didn’t cause a huge fight between them. She is three months younger than her husband.
Marion wanted to be a nurse, as her cousin was a nurse. When she was in high school, however, she took a business course. Her parents’ goals were to educate the boy of the family rather than the girls. “I tried to encourage my parents to send me to college, but my brother was the priority. After high school, I worked at Liberty Mutual for two years. I was also a baby-sitter.”
On October 15, 1965, her first child (a daughter) was born, Robin Marie. “I wasn’t knocked out in labor, but it really was a piece of cake. I went into labor and had my daughter at 8:15 in the morning.”
She lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in her husband’s old house. Her two other children are Michelle Gayle, a daughter born on 7/9/1967 and Donna Lee Ann, a daughter born on 8/27/1968.
She has had more cats than dogs, but there is one dog she will never forget – “Duke. He lived with us in Massachusetts. He would tear sheets down and was a really rowdy guy!”
She went to nursing school after getting married and having kids. Her in-laws took care of her kids during the one year program. She remembers enjoying going to the movies then too. “We would bring or buy dinner at the drive-in movie theater, and put a speaker in the car window. There was a big concession stand with hotdogs and hamburgers. I had a station wagon and would take the kids to see movies.” She graduated in 1978 and worked until 1985 as nurse, but she only worked part time.
Marion enjoys travelling. Her family has travelled to England, Germany, Hawaii, France, and Austria. They would go on vacation for two weeks at a time. “My favorites were Hawaii and Paris. In Paris, it would be midnight and you would not even realize it, people were lively.” She has also been on cruises. Now she and her husband have an RV, but her husband is the only one who drives it.
She has lived in Round Rock since 1999. When she first moved here, she said “I got terribly homesick. But I love the Baca Center and the active St. William’s Church.” Her daughter Michelle lives with her in Round Rock. They worked together at the Nike outlet. Marion lost 26 pounds and is passionate about exercise.“I try to go to the gym an hour a day. I also walk in the neighborhood and do Zumba and belly-dancing.” Her daughter Robin Marie is married with four step-children and is a step-grandmother. Her youngest daughter Donna is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force for 27 years and will be retiring on August 15, 2014.
Marion still likes to watch movies. Marion said, “My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. My daughter arranged for us to stay in Virginia where Dirty Dancing was filmed. It rained while we were there. Donna checked out even though she had planned for us to stay the week. It was expensive and in the middle of nowhere. We stayed couple of hours and went to the rock dedicated to Patrick Swayze.” She enjoys romantic comedies, including Pretty Woman. “My husband and I just saw The Fault in Our Stars, I really liked it. My husband would never tell you this but he cried.”
Marion’s words of wisdom for young people today: “Don’t play on technology all the time. There’s more to life than that, read more. Go to college, get an education. I wish I had gone to college.”
Judy was born in Ontario, Oregon on December 8, 1954. She said that during her early life “everything happened” including the landing on the moon, the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy, end of McCarthyism, and the Kent State shootings. “It was an extremely exhilarating and scary time to grow up.”
Her father fought in the Korean War, and even though the wars were over, there was still a lingering sense of the war. Judy is the oldest of four children. She has a brother 13 months younger, a brother 2 years younger and a sister 4 years younger.
One of Judy’s earliest and favorite memories was her “first date” when she was around 4 years old. She wanted to go on a “breakfast date” with a little boy, Barry Kirby, whose grandmother lived next door. Judy wore her bathrobe as a “stole” and went to see Barry’s family. Unfortunately, Barry was away at summer camp, but she “visited with friends” (Barry’s parents) and had breakfast. She remembers “thanking the immensely and saying how lovely the date was.” Barry’s father walked her home and let Judy’s father know about the “breakfast date.” Her father suggested Judy let her parents know the next time she leaves the house for a date.
Judy lived in Oregon until she was around 4 years old when the family moved to Salt Lake, UT so that her father could get an education in computer sciences. She said it was a very difficult move for her because all of her extended family lived in Oregon. It was hard to make friends because she had not had to really do that before as she was always around family. She really bonded with her siblings during that time and helped take care of them. They moved to a small town outside of Salt Lake what was “wild and wooly”. Her father worked at the Air Force Base. During the 5th her father received a promotion and they moved to Kaysville, UT. “We built a house there, and I mean WE.” The family all helped to build the house. She and her siblings walked to school and she defended them. She remembers when her brother Rod was called into the principal’s office and her father had to come to the school. She really remembers that day because Rod never got in trouble.
Judy attended Davis High School. Her best memory of high school was going to her first high school dance. When she was 16 her father told her she was “allowed to date” but she wasn’t that interested. But all of her friends were going to the dance with their boyfriends. So one afternoon when her brother’s friend was over playing games she “made him my boyfriend and told him he was taking me to the dance.”
She remembered feeling like the world was a very scary place outside of a small town. But she has the following advice for teenagers out there: “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Let curiosity keep you going. Hang on one more day, you don’t know what’s around the corner.”
After high school, Judy was interested in going into the computer field like her father. She had a son, Anthony, and married the “guy next door, literally.” The marriage lasted about 3 years and she was pregnant with her daughter Brittney when she divorced. She and her children moved in with Judy’s parents. She was working as a key punch operator and did very well. At times she got in trouble for being faster than “the queen bee.” She was transferred to the financial section of the company and worked as a Key punch Operator there. She was working on her education at this time. She moved with her children to Ft. Hood to live with friends and be the nanny for their children. She quickly realized she and her children needed their own space but she didn’t have anywhere to go. She had a babysitter take care of her children during the day and while she was working and for a time had to live in a car. She finally decided to ask her family for help to get a house. She wanted to “stand on her own two feet”.
She moved a few times, from Killeen to Gatesville and then to Coppers Cove where her son went to high school. She met her current husband while living there. She was working for a company with a dear friend Lucy who was battling cancer. Her friend Lucy kept pointing out a coworker named Jeffrey to Judy and eventually got them to work together on the Christmas Committee at work. When Judy and Jeffrey started dating she realized that Lucy had set them up! They lived in Louisiana for about 3 years while Jeffrey worked at an oil company and then came to Round Rock when he got a job working at Dell. She was “scared to move to Round Rock” because she had always lived in very small towns. She only knew how to get places from the Barnes and Noble in La Frontera. She and her husband bought a house over a year ago. Advice she would share with parents is to “help your children experience things, especially while you are there. My parents wanted to protect me, but I think you should expose your children to the world and teach them ways to deal with it. Pick yourself up and go on. Enjoy life while you can!”
Some other information about Judy – her favorite summer vacation was visiting the Big Trees in Northern California. She said “they impressed me to no end.” Her favorite music group is Rascal Flats and her favorite author is Ann McCarthy. She is an avid reader and swimmer.
Rose Marie got the nickname “Posey” from her twin sister. Posey was born in 1925 in San Antonio, TX, where her family owned the Menger Hotel. “I was born after World War I. We were very fortunate during the Great Depression. We had a huge two story house and were prosperous, so we made it through.” When she was younger, Posey loved babysitting. ”I made a lot of money, and I always babysat at the children’s home. It was a privilege to watch the kids.”
When Posey was 19, she married a member of the Air Force who was 20. “My husband flew 29 missions, and saw a lot of his friends die. He was fortunate when he came back; he went to college for business. He died when he was 52.” Eventually, she and her family moved to Houston, TX. “I worked as secretary of the head football coach at Rice University. My son was a graduate of Rice as well. I didn’t work for 26 years before working at Rice and then a natural gas pipeline, Panhandle Eastern. I retired when I was 55.”
She and her husband had 7 children together. Two of her children have since passed away, but she has 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She is about to have more great-grandchildren; a set of twins is due this month.
Her twin sister wanted her to move back to San Antonio after she retired, but instead she moved to Round Rock. Posey had never heard of Round Rock before she moved here. “I just knew Round Rock was close to Austin, a little place. We heard of what Sam Bass, the outlaw had done. He was just a good guy gone bad. It’s a sad story; he is only famous because he was wicked. He shot A.W. Grimes, who many people do not know about. A.W. Grimes was a policeman.”
She knew Allen Baca, who was 70 years old, and Lambert Peterson, Allen Baca’s “right-hand man.” She also knew Robert Griffith, who the public library is named after. Allen Baca wanted to build a senior center, which used to be a little cottage in Deer Creek Pond, at the end of Main Street. “The small senior center had bingo from 10:30-12:00 on Fridays and lunch every day. That was really it.”
“Allen Baca was persuasive and was a natural-born leader. He kept enough faith that things would work out and things did. He was charismatic and died before the Baca Center was completed. His wife died last year. He was humble, modest, and didn’t want his name to everywhere. He was smart, an individual with God-given talents. His enthusiasm was contagious and people always complimented that about him.” The city of Round Rock split the $34,000 cost of the new senior center with the seniors. The seniors started fundraising to get $17,000, and did bake sales, donations, and raffles. Donations came from Taylor to Round Rock. Nyle Maxwell gave $1,000, and the community raised more than $17,000. “It has a special place in my heart, the fact that the people of Round Rock backed the Baca Center. Nobody turned the seniors down. With encouragement, everything worked out.” Posey believes that “for something to work out, be at the right place at the right time,” and she fully believes “in the joy of participation.”
There are artists, writers, and even a singing group at the Baca Center. “The talents of all the individuals are remarkable.” Posey says that the Baca Center is only getting better, “nobody has anything derogatory to say about it.”
Posey’s advice to young people: “Pursue your dreams, don’t let anyone discourage you. Keep your goal in mind and focus on a positive outcome, and everything will fall in place. If you don’t believe in yourself, you are doomed.”