Bertha Schebelen was born in a time before indoor plumbing, electricity, and running water in houses, especially in rural areas. She grew up on a farm near Homestead, Oklahoma, in the 1920s and 1930, when farmers used horses instead of machinery, and most people didn't have cars. During her professional career as a beauty operator, Bertha moved to Mooreland, Oklahoma, where she met a sailor who was home on leave. Six weeks before World War II began was the beginning of their long life together. This stalgic and uplifting memoir offers a window into the life of a Navy wife. Bertha's story is filled with engaging episodes of travel, celebration, reunions, and adjusting to life after her husband's naval career ended. Take a step back in time and follow the journey of a Navy bride through wartime and peace, whose life expands over 70 joyful years of marriage. Bertha Odessa Emmitt Schebelen was born on January 10, 1919 to Fred Emmitt Sr. and Lulu Odessa (McClellan) Emmitt, the tenth of twelve children. She and her husband Bernard w live in Liberty, Texas.