My Mom was born in Kansas in 1919 to LeRoy and Alma (Steward) Call. She grew up in Kansas and graduated from college at Pittsburg. She taught at several schools in Kansas till 1953 when she and her parents moved to Oregon. Her parents sold there farm equipment and livestock and bought a 1953 Chevrolet truck to haul there belongings to Sweet Home Oregon. Mom got a job teaching school at a little school at Holly Oregon where her sister Joanna and her family had moved to. Mom even had her niece Connie Jo in her class. In 1954 She married Edward L. Walton and started a family. My brother David LeRoy was born at Lebanon Oregon Jan 27, 1955. Mom and Dad bought a dairy at Dallas Oregon and moved there in 1955. I, James Edward was born March 27, 1956 and John William was born Sept 15 1958. Dad and Mom dairied for 7 years and then sold the cows and raised replacment heifers for several more. In 1964 they rented the 50 acres of irrigated land to another farmer for peppermint but rented the neighbor farm for cattle and sheep. Mom had gotten a job at Bridgeport elementery school when John started 1st grade. She worked there for 20 years until Dads health declined. They had sold the farm in 1980 and built a new small home in Monmouth Oregon as that is where they went to church. Dad was born in 1900 and farmed till he was 80 when a horse reared up and went over on him and broke his neck. Dad and first wife had 2 sons but only one lived to adulthood, Paul Lionel was 4 years younger than Mom but had 2 sons of his own when Mom and dad got married. Paul passed away before Dad, Dad passed away in 1995 at 95 years old. Mom passed away November 26th 2002.
Don't grieve for me, For now i'm Free
I'm following that path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, To love, To work or play
Tasks left undone must stay thet way
I found that peace at close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of Sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tommorow
My life's been full, I've savored much
Good times, good friends, a loved one's touch
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now; He set me free.