Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Visiting Jim and Gerry -- Post 320 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I am posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they aren't "Wordless" - I am incapable of having a wordless post!

Here is a photograph from the Seaver/Carringer family photograph collection from my 40 years of photo albums, boxes and piles of family photographs:

This photo is from our vacation visit to Florida in 2003.  We visited my aunt, Geraldine (Seaver) Remley, and her husband James Howard Remley, at their home in a retirement community in Altamonte Springs, near Orlando.  It was a beautiful retirement center, with lots of activities and good food.  Jim and Linda would go swimming, while Gerry and I talked!  During this visit, we went sightseeing to Kennedy Space Center, and visited my cousin Walter Wood and his wife in Lake county, Florida.

Gerry was my father's youngest sister, and the keeper of all of the Seaver family knowledge. She kept in contact with all of her siblings, nieces and nephews, and their families throughout her life.  I loved being with her - she could talk about the family for hours.  I have three hours of meticulously spoken family history on audio tape from Aunt Gerry recorded in 1990, and I've transcribed all of it.  Gerry was a wonderful encourager for my genealogy efforts.

Jim was from western Pennsylvania, and Gerry was his second wife.  They met in Massachusetts where Jim was a music department director and Gerry was a music teacher in Newton.  They were married for 37 years and we got to know his three children from his first marriage.  I did some Remley research and provided them with a report on their ancestry back in the late 1990s.  Gerry and Jim both died in 2007 in Maine, where they moved shortly after the photograph above was taken.  

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