October 27, 1918 in Union County near Wingate, NC.
Father: Carl Van Strawn
Mother: Leola Simpson Strawn
Maternal Grandparents: Henrietta Thompson Simpson
& John Thomas Simpson
Paternal Grandparents: Elizabeth Holmes Strawn
& Marshall Blair Strawn
One Brother: Robert Earl Strawn - born Nov. 1921
- died Oct 1998
Son: Robert Winston Jr. - Born October 21, 1940
Daughter: Martha Jo - Born May 26, 1943
I attended school at Oakhurst School
in East Mecklenburg county, NC and Berryhill School in West Mecklenburg, NC. I
graduated from Berryhill School in the class of 1935.
I attended Geyer Business School in
Charlotte, NC and worked at Charlotte Letter Writing Company, doing direct letter writing
and advertising for local companies.
On June 12, 1937, Robert Winston, a
school classmate at Berryhill School, and I were married. We spent our honeymoon in the
mountains in Bat Cave, NC. It was a one room cottage with a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
The cottage rented for $5.00 or $6.00 per week.
Our son, Robert Winston Jr., was born
on October 21, 1940. Three years later on May 26, 1943 our daughter, Martha Jo, was born.
Bob Jr. attended N.C. State University and Martha Jo attended U.N.C at Greensboro N.C.
They are now both married each with two children, a boy and a girl, giving us a total of
I have had a happy, loving marriage
and family life and there is so much that we have to be thankful for. There were times
when money was scarce but always much love and family bonding. We are so grateful for our
family and the love we share.