The former Olene Doss still has the purse, shoes, blue and white hat and white dress she wore when she married Olan Penny on June 21, 1952. Her mother went with her to buy it. She thinks the dress is chiffon. When they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, she had them on display. She lost Olan on March 2, 2006. He was getting ready for work and had an aneurysm. They were neighbors and had known each other most of their lives.
“I told them not to turn on their siren,” Olene said. “I didn’t want them waking up the rest of the community.”
They married in 1952, a year before she graduated from White Plains High, at the home of a Rev. Morris in Alexandria. They lived with Olan’s parents, Kinnedrew and Nell (Needham) Penny, for a year before buying a house from them. It was built in the 1800s and was next door to the senior Pennys in Nances Creek. The house and renovations cost $2500. Olene lived in that house with her husband for 53 of the 54 years they were married.
Olene said her husband made the family a good living by working in construction. He eventually became part owner of Anniston Concrete. Before they married, he told her he didn’t want her to go back to school for her senior year. She loved school and even took part in plays the students put on. She was young and in love when she agreed she wouldn’t graduate.
After they married, she told him how badly she wanted to return to school.
“Well, I’ll talk to Mother in the morning about it,” he said.
Olene loved her mother-in-law. She was able to graduate…
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