On January 29, 1927, two very young people decided to elope in a small Mississippi town. They were each still living at home in Magnolia, MS and eloped to Liberty, MS.
Vera Nell Smith was very young. REALLY young. She was 13 years old but would turn 14 on March 3.
Leaton was 21! She wasn't sure she wanted to marry that soon but his sister Dora talked her into it.
So...they eloped. When word got out...and it didn't take long in a small town...her father was livid!
Pa Dan (her father..shown above) actually threatened to shoot the young groom if he could find him!
Well, his father (shown below) got upset and threatened to hurt her father. Let the games begin!
So what happened? Pa Leaton was put in jail for his own safety. Both men came to their senses and calmed down. The young couple moved in with his family until they could afford their own home.
And Vera and Leaton? Love continued to bloom for the young couple. A son was born in December 1927...my precious Daddy.
Another son, Marvin, joined the family in 1931.
They raised their children with love and discipline.
Herbert married first and Marvin later married my mother's sister Pauline (wedding shown above). What fun family times we had!
They would have 6 grandchildren and numerous gr-grandchildren. I was the first grand-daughter so I always felt I was "special". LOL...doesn't every grandchild think that? That's me on the left with Ma Vera coaching me to sit like a "lady".
They celebrated 72 years together before he passed away. 72 years!
She just passed away this past August at the age of 95.
What a loving example they were to me and they are both missed.
To forever love!