Same Name Different Spelling
By Gerry Roe, as told to Betsy Cross Thorpe
“A good name is more desirable than great riches” ……. Proverbs 22:1
SAME NAME DIFFERNT SPELLING
My name is Lucy Jearldine Roe. I was born in Kings Daughters Hospital in Greenville, Mississippi, on March 15, 1946. Sixth in line of Henry and Ruby Roe’s seven children, I am their second and youngest daughter, the first of their children to be delivered in a hospital. All my older siblings were born at home.
My mother named me after two relatives, my father’s older sister Lucie Georgia Roe, and her cousin, Geraldine S. Isaacs. While our names are the same, they are spelled differently. It was my mother’s aim that I be a proper namesake to my aunt and cousin, that our names be spelled the same, but when a hospital nurse recorded my birth she spelled out my name as she saw fit and not how my mother intended. I don’t know why but I have always gone by my middle name, Jearldine. Most members of my family call me Gerl, others call me Gerry. Few people know that my first name is Lucy.
We moved to Oregon when I was a baby. My Aunt Lucie sent letters to me long before I learned to read and write. My mother answered her letters for me until I was old enough to respond myself. We sent letters back and forth for more than twenty years. I finally got to meet her in person shortly before she died in 1977. I never met cousin Geraldine, but I did meet members of her immediate family in November of 1992 when I took my mother back to Kuttawa Kentucky to visit her birth place and to spend time with cousins and other relatives who she hadn’t seen since she was a little girl.
Although our names are spelled differently, I am honored to carry the name of these two long-gone relatives and I hope that they were pleased to share their name with me. I also hope that when they look down from heaven that they see that I was careful to live a wholesome life and that I maintained the character of their good name.
By Gerry Roe, as told to my niece, Betsy Thorpe
For 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. From Prompt for week of February 6 to February 11, “Same Name.”
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