My name is Sallie and I’m proud to be a resident at Waterview The Point in Granbury, Texas. I’ve lived here for about 10 years and love it so much that I referred one of my lifelong friends, Loretta, to move in here. My favorite memory with her is a trip we took to Alaska – I’m so glad that we can continue making memories here at Waterview together!
I was born in Gainesville, Texas in 1935. Shortly after I was born, our family moved to Groveton, Texas and lived there until just before WWII. I remember hiding my new roller skates in the claw foot bathtub because I didn’t want Japanese soldiers to find them (there was a metal shortage at the time). I had a very happy childhood filled with joyous memories with my parents and younger brother. We eventually moved to Eastland, Texas where I stayed through high school.
After graduation, I moved on to attend the University of North Texas in Denton. While there in 1954, I met and married the love of my life, Don. We moved to Texarkana to start our life together as he got a job teaching science at Texarkana Junior College. We adopted two boys – Jim and Dwight. It was after adopting them that I got pregnant with my miracle baby, Carol. Up until then, we had not been able to have biological children of our own.
At the time, men were going off to war in Korea and there was a massive teacher shortage. I started teaching second grade while Don was away serving in Korea and I eventually went all the way through teaching high school, loving each grade even more.
While in Korea, Don suffered a back injury and was then sent to Japan for treatment. From there, he was sent to Alaska and stayed there until it was time for him to be discharged. When he got back from deployment, Don’s father was seriously ill, and we went back to Eastland to help with the family insurance business. When he passed away, Don took over the insurance business. Later Don became ill, and I helped him run the company. When he passed away, I then took over the insurance business until I retired.
Since retirement, I have fallen in love with traveling and spending time with my friends. My friends and I have visited several European countries together and have made wonderful memories. England has been my favorite – I love all of the pomp and circumstance and enjoying High Teas at charming hotels. I also enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. My advice to others is, “be kind to one another. Remember, ‘love one another as I have loved you.’”