By Marilyn Sears Lindsey
Claire Lavina Sanders (b. 1927) and Leslie Ray Sears, Jr. (1928-1985) were certainly lucky to meet on a blind date in college and then hit it off so well that they were married just a few years later on Saturday, March 17, 1951 at the Upton Methodist Church in front of God and all their family and friends. I know because they are my beloved parents.
03.17.1951 Mabel Sanders, Harriet Sears on Leslie & Claire’s Wedding Day
Dad had started college in 1945, served in the Navy for 3 years and came back to finish college in 1950.
The luck of the Irish was evident during the years of their courtship as they partied with friends, went on picnics and joined Dad’s fraternity brothers and their dates at dances.
Circa 1948 on the Esplanade by the Charles River
They were lucky again to have 3 healthy children in 6 years and have the blessings of everything that a close family brings to life.
Dad’s career in the U.S. Army was another blessing. We got the chance to move around the country, enjoy the splendor of this great land while getting to visit relatives as we went. Dad was able to serve his country with more than a quarter century of service – something that was so important to him.
Les and Claire were also lucky in the lifelong friends they made. Bob Duke was Les’ Best Man. Les met Jerry Butler in Germany and even lived nearby when they retired to Treasure Island, FL. Russ Chapin and Les bought a boat together – the Taipan – and worked weekends to restore it.
Buying and selling so many house (more than 15) was also a financial blessing as we continued to be able to afford more spacious homes for our growing family.
Since our parents had graduated from college, they knew the importance to us kids about following in their footsteps. We all 3 graduated from college with degrees in our chosen fields that we were able to build careers from.
Dad was lucky again when he retired from the Army in 1976 and transitioned to retired life. How lucky can one family be!