'Blind Dates rarely turn out well but ours was the beginning of a now 53 year love affair and relationship. A couple of our friends, Marvin Burgess and Linda Moye were dating, even though they went to two different High Schools. Marvin to Davis and Linda to Sam Houston, both located in North Houston and bitter rivals in sports. Marvin was Jim's friend and Linda was Dorothy's friend and next door neighbor. They both wanted to set us up on a blind date. But we were both curious about this "blind date thing" so on Wednesday November 11, 1958, Jim arranged to come over to Linda's house with Marvin to sneak a peek of Dorothy. Dorothy just happened to get a peek also while Marvin and Jim were throwing a football around the front yard. Both of us "liked" what we saw so the blind date was set up for Friday night to go to the Sam Houston Black and Gold Football game. It was a bitter cold night and as it happened, the back window of Marvin's 1950 Ford had been broken out. Stayimg warm required snuggling under a blanket and as we turned to each other and kissed (even though Dorothy had told Linda no kiss on the first date) things really got warm.
From that time on, that cold November night, all through high school we were together. Even with our busy schedule of school activities, part time work and seperate schools we found time to be together and nuture our relationship. We found we had many things in common church, hunting, fishing, the outdoors and just being together. There were no malls back then but we often would go to downtown Houston to the movies and then look at various jewerly stores for wedding rings. We finally put one in layaway for the huge price of $275.00
Jim had already asked Dorothy's Dad if he could marry Dorothy and in her Dad's dry wit he told Jim " Sure, you don't have any more right to happeness than I do"
During school, Dorothy had told all her friends she was getting her ring over the weekend on Friday 13, 1960; but Jim had told her that it was still being sized and not ready yet. He had shown it to his parents and little Sister Debbie. Going to the movie that night at the Garden Oaks theater to see " Cat On The Hot Tin Roof"; Dorothy was very dissapointed that she wasn't getting her ring. But before going in, Jim reached under the seat and pulled out the ring and asked Dorothy to marry him. The answer was a big "YES". Needless to say neither of us remember much of that movie.
So now 50 years of marrage later, three Children, Roy, Kim and Allen and four Grand Children, Austin 21, Sam, 15, Morgan 6 and Braeden 3, all the love of our lives; We have many great stories and memories to tell.
So when someone ask how we made it work so long we just like to say "it takes a lot of hard work" and there is nothing like "snuggling under a blanket on a cold winter night" or for that matter anytime of the year!!!!!!
Jim and I have been blessed to have each other for 50 years with God's Blessings. We are each others best friend and partner in life. We have grown so much in 50 years. We have been blessed with 3 children, Roy E. Dupree, Kimberly Faye Dupree Arnhold and James "Allen" Dupree. We even received more blessings with our grandchildren. Kim and Ed's boys Edward "Austin" Arnhold 21, and Sam Michael Arnhold 15; Allen and Dawn's with Morgan Melissa Dupree 6 and Braeden Timothy Dupree 3. The years have passed so fast for Jim and I and we have many fond memories in the 50 years together. We love and respect each other dearly.
Our reception is being hosted by our children, Roy, Kimberly, Allen and Jim's Sister Debbie and Dorothy's Sister Beverley. Each have put a lot of effort to make this OUR SPECIAL DAY. The reception is being held at Debbie's new home over looking beautiful Galveston Bay. The date is April 2 , 2011 from 2 P.M. until 4 P.M.. The location is 1221 7th Street in San Leon, Tx. Our mail is delivered out of Dickinson Texas so some GPS requires the city as Dickinson.. The driving directions are below.
This day will be a casual affair so dress any way that you feel confortable. Hopefully the weather will allow us to enjoy the outdoor deck looking out over the water.
There will be a meal with Dupree/Arnhold BBQ brisket and pork loin and all the fixings, so come hungry. Cold drinks and tea and snacks will also be available. We look forward to sharing this special day with each of you.
There are many new hotels within 10 or so miles of the reception. The ones in Kemah are located within walking distance of the great Kemah Boardwalk. Suggested lodging are:
Day's Inn, 1411 Hwy 146 , 281-538-0077
Holiday Inn, 805 Harris Ave., 800-465-4329
Super 8, 1413 Hwy 146, 281-549-4118
Boardwalk Inn, 215 Kipp, Kemah Boardwalk 281-234-9880
League City, Tx. (close to I-45 and FM 646)
Candlewood Suites, 2350 Gulf Freeway, 281-534-9848
Hampton Inn and Suites, 2320 Gulf Freeway, 281-614-5437
Driving Directions: If you get lost!! Jim's Cel. 903-399-8768 Dorothy's Cel. 903-399-8766
1. From I-45 North , exit FM 646, turn left.
2. Travel East on 646, past Hwy 146.
3. Continue as 646 turns into Grand Ave. in Bacliff.
4. Turn Rt. at stop sign at Clifton's Resturant.
5. Continue to blinking light at Wayno's in San Leon, turn Rt.
6. Continue to Avenue L and turn left.
7. Go to 7 th. street and turn Rt.
8. Debbie's House is 4th. on left.
1. From I-45 South, travel North to FM 646, turn Rt.
2. Travel East on FM 646 past Hwy 146.
Follow #4 - #8 above.
1. From Hwy 146 North, travel South to Grand Ave. in Bacliff.
2. Turn left and follow directions in #4 - #8 above.
1. From Hwy 146 South, travel North to Grand Ave. in Bacliff.
2. Turn Rt. and follow directions in #4 - #8 above.
We are so excited to have you share this special day with us. Each of you have touched our lives in some special way during our FIFTY YEARS OF MARRAGE. We want to thank you for the many years of memories , friendship and support that you have given us. We will cherish this day and the many more days to come.