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In loving memory of Tanya Lynn Moffitt

Tanya_GrandsonsTanya Lynn Moffitt was born on December 27th, 1959 and left this life on December 24th, 2014.  She leaves behind a companion and several children and grandchildren.  Tanya lived in Canton Ohio.

Tanya and I were both adopted from a German orphanage in Aschaffenburg Germany in 1962 by James and Hedy A Moffitt.  My father, James Moffitt Sr was stationed in Frankfurt Germany and met my mother at a bingo game. Shortly after meeting they fell in love and tried to have a family.  After several miscarriages they decided to adopt a girl which turned out to be Tanya.

The paperwork process took approximately a year and as I hear it when they went to pick up Tanya from the orphanage the nuns told my parents about ME, her brother.  I was told that my father walked over to my crib and picked me up.  I grabbed the hat off of his head and threw it across the room and laughed at him.  That resulted in my being adopted as well.  My sister and I both were able to receive the medical care that we both needed and were able to come to America.

I am horrible with remembering exact dates but I remember that Tanya entered into the Army when she was about 18 or 19 years old and went to boot camp in Fort Benning Georgia.  At some point Tanya moved to Canton Ohio and settled down to have a family.  I know that Christina and Dean are two of her children, and two of her grandchildren are pictured with her in the photo above.

I have many fond childhood memories of Tanya and I as we were raised in small town called Quinlan Texas.

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Quinlan is in North East Texas between Terrell and Greenville near Lake Tawakoni.  My father retired from the Army after 26 years of service, and moved his family back to his home town of Quinlan.  Tanya and I spent our childhood there and attended Quinlan Independent School district schools.  We both attended Ford High school and graduated in 1978(Tanya) and (James Jr)1980.

Over the years Tanya and I grew apart and for whatever reasons we did not stay in contract as regularly as we should have.  Hind sight is always 20/20 and now I regret this fact.  Hopefully it will serve as a reminder to all of us that life is not forever and that we need to love and hug those of us that are near and dear to us.  I know that I as well as all of Tanya’s friends and family will sorely miss her.  Rest in peace my sister, you are loved.

 

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