Couple an example for us to follow
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:00 PM
Aunt Ginny and Uncle Norris Kelsey (who are truly no relation but I love 'em dearly and have called them that since I was a tiny tot - just a day or two ago) are two of the most precious people I know.
They would literally do about anything for anyone. Active in many aspects of the baptist church at New Market, Uncle Norris would help neighbors with projects and Aunt Ginny enjoyed baking, cooking and sharing!
Their children and grandchildren have been active in various aspects of the community as well, but the not so simple fact that this couple has been married for 70 years is what truly makes them amazing.
Can you imagine? Jim and I will soon hit 45 and that seems unbelievable, yet Aunt Ginny and Uncle Norris top us by 25 years.
Obviously, it was a young love.
Uncle Norris knew from the first time he saw Virginia Bannon that she was the one for him.
They dated through her high school days and married in July just after her graduation. Only a few weeks later, although he had been assured his number for going to the service was a long way off, he was inducted into the U.S. Army.
His army days are a story in itself, but I want to center on their wedded bliss. They have celebrated their 25th, 50th, 60th and now 70th in style.
Both enjoyed being members of the Masonic lodges and American Legion.
Quite talented, Aunt Ginny ran the Kelsey's Flower Shop while Uncle Norris worked at and retired from Raybestos. He could be seen delivering flowers, helping her folks on the farm and doing other jobs, always willingly and enjoyably. Ginny's creativity in the world of horticulture made the business flourish in the ten years she owned and operated it. Their girls, Janet, Nancy and Rita, could often be seen helping in the shop, as well. Although Norris was born in Manistee County, Mich., to Walter Samuel and Nellie Hoffman Kelsey, his father passed away at a young age.
Norris was one of six children, and was raised by Ottis and Mary Couger in Montgomery County. Ginny was the daughter of Eldo and Wanetah Monroe Bannon and had one brother, Max who himself was married to Barbara Tharp over 50 years, and their parents were wed for six decades. It is truly a feat to remain married to the same person for 70 years, and although Uncle Norris has dementia, he still looks at his Ginny with a twinkle in his eye and Aunt Ginny still adores the man she has known so well. Truly, in their case, love prevails.
I so enjoyed writing about the Kelseys, two of my favorite folks, and next week, I'll see ya' again, "Around the County!"
Karen Zach's column, Around The County, will appear each Thursday in The Paper.