After graduating from high school, I attended Monticello College for Women in Illinois for one year. Then, I attended the University of Oklahoma for two years, and while there, I met my husband Mickey, a Sooner football player. He graduated in January of 1961, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. We were married in August of 1961, and moved to FT. Benning, Georgia, and then to Germany for three years, where our daughter, Laura, was born. When we returned home, Mickey went to work for Texaco.
We moved several times over the years and lived in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, and Tennessee. When we lived in Birmingham, Alabama, after being out of college for 17 years, I returned to college and received a degree in elementary education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham; I taught school for 8 years. When Mickey retired in 2004, we lived in Franklin, Tennessee. We moved from Franklin, Tennessee to Frisco, Texas to be near both our families. Our two sons live in Frisco, my brothers, Jerry and George live in Tulsa, and other family members live in Oklahoma and Texas.
We have 3 children, Laura (died in 1989 at the age of 26), Jeff (38), and Jay (36), and 6 grandchildren ranging in age from 2 to 21. Mickey and I have been married 46 years and feel so blessed to live close to our family, have good health, and wonderful friends.
I will always have good memories of growing up in Enid, and the life-long friends that I made there. I’m looking forward to seeing each of you, and will miss those who are unable to attend.
Barbara Failing Jackson