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Proudly, I'm a third generation Southern Nevadan, my three daughters are fourth generation and my grandchildren make the fifth generation.
My Grandfather was a WWI vet, born in Southern Nevada and raised his family in Alamo opening a gas station and working as a mechanic. My Father was born in Las Vegas in 1924, but was raised in Alamo. He is a WWII vet who lost one of his brothers -- a test pilot -- but Dad didn't know for 6 months while he was stationed in New Guinea.
Dad married my Mom and moved back to Las Vegas and went to work for the Sheriff's office. He rode in a patrol car with his best friend, also an Alamo buddy, Ralph Lamb. But because that job didn't pay enough to buy a home for our family, he opened a Richfield Gas station on Fremont Street.
When I reached the 3rd grade we moved to the northwest "edge of town" off Decatur and Lake Mead; had horses, chickens, and lived in a nice home on a 1/2 acre. I graduated from Western High in 1972 along with my brother (67) and sister (68).
My Brother was a Vietnam Vet who was a lucky one to come home, as our neighbor, Skivington, was a MIA for decades. My sister was a Showgirl at the Folies Bergere for almost 20 years.
I raised three daughters in Las Vegas, who are raising their families in Las Vegas as well. My oldest daughter is a Special Ed teacher for CCSD and loves teaching these special needs kids. My middle daughter is studying to be a nurse while raising three children, and my youngest works at Born And Raised, appropriately!
My husband, who is a bit older than me, remembers living on Fremont street as a small boy - now that's a LONG time ago! His children are also still in Las Vegas.
We LOVE Nevada and chose to move to Mesquite a few years ago to escape the hustle and bustle. I can't think of anyplace I'd rather live that is so diverse geologically, economically, and socially.
Nevada is my home, forever. My grandparents were true Pioneers, and I have an aunt whose parents were from St. Thomas. That makes me Nevada Proud!!!