On Sept. 26, 1915, W.R. Roberson and Lillie Simmons were married; results of a Valentine, cut from a newspaper in 1914.


On Sept. 26, 1915, W.R. Roberson and Lillie Simmons were married; results of a Valentine, cut from a newspaper in 1914.

 

I am the 94-year-old firstborn, resulting from their union, performed in Marysville, Texas, 96 years ago.

 

I saw, felt and was amazed at their strong bond of love that was a 50-year celebration Sept. 26, 1965, at their home in Marietta.

 

My father died at the age of 71 and my mother followed on April 10, 1970.

 

On Feb. 12, 1969, “Country Boy” used my poem, “An Old Valentine,” for his caption for the Monday Morning Poetry Corner in The Daily Oklahoman.

 

I lived in Purcell at the time and my name was not Nicholas.

 

After my mother died, this cut-out valentine was found in her trunk of memories. It was so old and faded, but I had it laminated.

 

Papa was the romantic kind of fellow and substituted Lillie for Mayme and signed Willie, where the Calentine wrote, “I love you.”

 

I am a “used-to-be” freelance writer (stacks of evidence) and my today writing includes a 21-year volunteer column, VOICES From Lake Country Nursing Center for The Marietta Monitor, the place of my volunteer service these 21 years plus.

 

I just needed to tell you a bit of a love story that had been an inspiration for me a lifetime (and the Old Valentine, together with the “Old cowpuncher” who wrote it, long ago: the imagined picture by the writer).

 

I am the only daughter of this couple.