Merle and Jimmy


  They were married for thirty years. Most of that time they lived in an apartment complex on S. W. 74th and May in Oklahoma City. She met him at the Veterans' Hospital in the fifties, where she did volunteer work and where he was hospitalized for a time after the Korean War, suffering from what might have been called, in an earlier war, shell-shock. He needed her at a time when nobody else seemed to need her anymore. She provided emotional support for him, and he supported her financially through his disability pension. Although he was seventeen years younger than she was, he outlived her by only a little over two months.

 

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