and Mom Marie
The decade started badly with the
loss of Walter’s sister Eva Dartt. Her son Billy and daughter Dorothy
had kept in touch with the California family over the years and Howard
went to Eva’s house in 1984 for a visit. But life goes on and other good
This is the decade for major changes in Harold and Beryl’s boys lives,
including advanced degrees. The older two obtain doctorates in science
at father’s alma mater and find wives in the process. Craig finds Cara
while both are getting pharmacy doctorates at University of California
San Francisco and Robert finds Amy while both are getting their
Chemistry doctorates. James, the youngest, gets a Stanford Masters
degree in Engineering as the millennium changes.
Harold retires from medical practice and Howard from Aerojet in mid
decade. Howard continues to work at home part time while helping Marilee
take care of grandchildren during the week. In 1994, Walter’s sister
Mayme passes away. She had never married and devoted her life to
Christian service. Howard and his son Glenn had visited her separately
in Evansville a decade before her passing. This loss was followed in
1995 by the loss of Walter’s youngest brother Bill and his wife Alice.
Harold and Beryl had visited them not long before their passing. Also in
1995, Howard’s wife Marilee loses her mother Betty. She had been an
anchor in Howard and Marilee’s family and the loss was so unexpected.
She had traveled with them to Hawaii, Tahoe and Yosemite which left fond
1998 Walter’s twin brother Bob dies in Evansville after long
hospitalization and the long and devoted care of his wife Mary. Also
late in the decade, Marie’s surviving brother Earl passes away and her
brother Neal’s wife Lillian as well.
Howard and Marilee’s daughters, Shelly and Lori, add to their families.
Lori with Brett II in 1990 and Aaron in 1992. Shelly also gives birth in
1992 to Jessica (Howard and Marilee’s first granddaughter out of 8