Mary Ellen with brother Bud at a family picnic.
(Remembering Mary Ellen Townsend Harris 1911-2016)
For a while after she quit school Mary Ellen felt relieved, unstressed, and happy. Sleeping late was a luxury she felt she could get quite used to. Her mother had other ideas. She tolerated a few weeks of “Met,” as she called her when she was mad or being sarcastic, lazing around, shopping, and running off to Columbus with Artie.
Merle wasn’t sure about this young man. He was a good student, had a lot of promise, but he was a socialite. Mary Ellen and Artie grew closer and by summer she was wearing his engagement ring. He still had another year until he would graduate from college, and then he had to get a job. He believed that would be no problem. Merle Townsend wasn’t so sure.
One morning in June when Mary Ellen came…
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