Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Mildred Jeter Loving (Mrs. Richard P. Loving)

"He used to take care of me. He was my support, he was my rock." --Mildred Loving

Good mourning, Widows!

Joy to you and me.

Welcome famous African American widow, Mildred Loving, wife of famous American husband, Richard P. Loving, to our joy-ous club. The club nobody wants to belong to. The club nobody wants to joy-n. Ever!

Mildred Loving, born Mildred Jeter, met Richard P. Loving when they worked together on farms raising chickens and tobacco in Central Point. It was back in the early 1950's when they met and fell in love. They married in 1958 after Mildred discovered she was pregnant, driving more than 80 miles from Milford, VA to Washington, D.C. Mildred was 18 years old.

There union created national hysteria. Back then, it was impossible to imagine an inter-racial couple cohabitating.

One month after their marriage, Mildred and Richard P. Loving were arrested and jailed. To avoid a one year jail sentence, they consented to leave Caroline County and the state of Virginia, immediately, and promised to never return for a period of 25 years.

In 1975, a drunken driver struck the car they were driving in. Richard was killed. Mildred lost her right eye.

Today, Mildred lives quietly in the home she and Richard fought through the Supreme Court in 1967 to regain ownership of with her family, two dogs, a countryside vista, and the memories of her beloved husband, Richard.

Mildred and Richard Loving were married 40 years and had three children, Donald, Peggy and Sidney.

If you're out there, Mildred, and are able to read my words, please know that we're thinking of you and wishing you and your loved ones all the mourning joy you so richly deserve all the days of your lives. Thank you for being so brave.

Mourning Joy:

Q: What's white, creamy, and always comes back to you?

A: A boo-meringue.

Mourning Quote:

Don't pursue happiness - create it. --Chinese Fortune Cookie

After we remember Him, fingerhug your pen. Open that joy-nal. Set the timer for ten. Write something.

The topic is: Creating happiness...

Go ahead. I dare you.

Have a joy-ful day, Widows. And remember, we're not alone.


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