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Rev. Paul E. Mills

Norma Jean May

I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July Fourth Nineteen and twenty-nine. My parents were Everett and Ethel (Rainy) May. I have one brother, Everett C. May. At the age of three my family moved to my Grandfather, Willie May's, farm. On August thirtieth, nineteen and forty-seven, I married Russell Fredrick Apple. We have four children. Our only daughter Linda Apple Bamett lives in Paoli, Indiana. Our three sons are Dallas Apple of Commiskey, Indiana, Donald Apple of Bedford and our youngest son is Douglas Apple of Paoli. We have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren to brag about, if you have a few minutes.

We have lived in the same house in Paoli, Indiana since nineteen and fifty. I worked at Travler Radio Corporation until nineteen and fifty-two. After leaving there, I stayed at home to raise the children. In nineteen and ninety-five, I broke my hip, but did recover from that injury. However, in nineteen and ninety-seven I had a stroke, which left me paralyzed on my right side. My husband cared for me until nineteen and ninety-nine when. He was diagnosed with an aneurysm and congestive heart failure. Shortly after the diagnosis, he had to undergo major surgery and could no longer care for me. My daughter, with the help of our sons, cared for me until the end of April this year. I am currently a resident at the Paoli Convalescent center.

I learned so much at the Roberson One Room School and have many fond memories from my years there. The school burned when I was in the fifth grade. We finished the school year at the church. I finished first place that year in the spelling contest. One of my favorite teachers was Nellie Jackson who taught me in the seventh and eighth grades. Orain Myler was one of my best friends at school. I have so many fond memories of the Union Chapel Church. I went almost every Sunday and also on Wednesday nights. There was VBS in the summer, which I enjoyed very much. This is about it for now. I'm sure I'll think of more later. Norma Jean May Apple Paoli Convalescent Center P.O. Box 299, Room 219 Paoli, IN. 47454

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