Betty Jennings - 1963
Answers to 20 questions for 40th Reunion
Pics of me and my family
is your origin; why, when and how did you wound up in Columbia and where
did you come from if you were not born in Columbia?
I was born in Columbia and lived
mostly on the rural south side.
What did you do immediately
after you left high school in 1963 and where did you go if you left
I went to MU for
two semesters where I met Jim Moore. We were married in Aug 1964, I
dropped out of college to get a job so he could continue.
Where did you
get your education (other than HHS) and what is your profession or how
did you acquire your occupation and what was or is it?
After three children, I went back to MU part time
for many semesters finally getting my degree in education in 1982. Jim
got a job in Indianapolis so later that year we moved. I didn’t get much
of a chance to use my education degree but did take a temporary job at
an insurance company in the accounting department. That led to
accounting classes at Butler University and eventually an accounting job
with DowBrands and Dow AgroSciences.
Are you still working and if so
what are you doing?
Are you retired and what are you
doing or what have you done since you retired? How long have you been
After 20 years
with Dow Chemical, I retired in 2011. With two of our children married
and living in Missouri, as well as both of our mothers still living in
Columbia, we spend a lot of time in Missouri.
Are you married? Who are you
married to? Who are you divorced from? How did you meet your spouse or
partner; where and when? How long have you been married? Or how many
times have you been married and/or divorced?
I have been married to Jim since 1964.
How many children do you have?
When was your first child born? When was your last child born? How many
grandchildren do you have and when was the oldest and the youngest one
We have three
children all born in Columbia from 1966 to 1970 and graduated from Pike
High School in Indianapolis. We have five grandchildren – the oldest
grandson is a senior in St Louis and planning to attend MU next year.
The youngest is our only granddaughter and is a beautiful dancer in the
6th grade at Gentry Middle School. The three grandsons in the middle are
a lacrosse player, cross country runner and one that tries about
What countries have you spent time in other than on
business? What countries have you lived in outside the US?
We have vacationed in Hawaii,
Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas and Israel.
What's on your 'Bucket List' and
what have you done and haven't done so far?
We both have always wanted to walk the Appalachian
Trail from end to end.
Are you a veteran and if so where and when did you
serve our country?
What is the best memory you have
from Hickman High School? What is your worst memory from HHS?
Best - Becoming part of National
Honor Society. Worst - The typical teenage angst.
What was your favorite place to
go after school or on weekends in Columbia when attending Hickman?
I rode the school bus and didn’t have a car until
my senior year. I mainly went to a friend’s house. Kemper twins, Janet
Keene, Sandra Smith.
What was your biggest
accomplishment while at Hickman High School and what has been your
biggest accomplishment since you graduated from Hickman until now?
I don’t remember any great accomplishment at
Hickman other than graduating. Since high school , I’ve married, had
three children that have also graduated from college and provided us
with grandchildren. Soon after Hickman, I found there is a larger plan
for my life and became a Christian. I met Jim and together we have been
to central Mexico and the mountain areas of Jamaica and Costa Rica
working with locals to build or repair small churches or working in very
poor communities providing food and medical services. Our most recent
trip was a second trip to Israel, this time as part of a medical mission
to the Palestinian areas.
What do you think classmates will remember the most
about you when they see you at the 50th reunion?
I doubt anyone would remember
me. I was one of those non-descript kids, didn’t get into trouble and
didn’t excel at something to be noticed.
Did any teacher from Hickman
High School have an effect on your life and how?
I can’t remember any
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