Wedding Photo of Orval Goldsby and Sarah Altom "A friend is one who knows all about you ...
and loves you just the same."

Orval Eugene Goldsby, Sr. and Sarah Matilda Altom

Goldsby & Altom Ancestors

A Mother's Testimony

The following is excerpted from a letter Mom wrote to her family just before her death.
My Children;

"Your dad and I were very good friends all of our married life. One of the first items we put on our wall was a plaque your father bought in Eugene, Oregon in December 1942 - "A friend is one who knows all about you and loves you just the same".

"We started dating February 12, 1942 and had a good courtship. He was always so thoughtful and loving. We enjoyed very simple things; walks, movies and drives with friends. When he came west to Vancouver I went to Chicago, Illinois and worked in a defense plant until time to come west to get married. What a trip that was for an 18 year old girl! I took a Greyhound bus all the way from Illinois. I was so nervous and afraid I cried when I saw your dad waiting in Portland. That is the way our life began. his loving ways and caring - "My Best Friend".

"We were married February 16, 1943, just 1 year and 4 days after our first date, at the First Baptist Church in Vancouver, WA. There were six people present. Our voices seemed to ring out in this large church. When the ceremony was over he turned to me and said "Hello, Mrs. Goldsby!" How wonderful it was for 21 years to hear him say it. This was the real start of being best friends.

"Things were so interesting and your Dad and I talked about the little things, both good and bad, that happened during the day. I'm so thankful that we always settled any differences before going to sleep. How much we had to be thankful for.

"I could write about illnesses and good times but our happy times always out-weighed illness until your Dad had his heart attack and pneumonia. Our losing him was the hardest thing any of us has ever had to face. We grieved for ourselves because we all knew he had gone home and we were still waiting. He was my best friend, first love and the Father of all you Children . My prayer for all of you is to have your mate and the Lord for your best friends.

"My life has been great with you children and I truly appreciate you and what all of you have done for me.

"What God has given to us is the greatest gift of all - love, salvation, friendship and each other. He is my friend and I know He loves me."


Mom went to join her Savior and be reunited with her "best friend" on the 22nd of December, 1991. Inscribed on her headstone are the words "We love because you loved us", a tribute to her constant and faithful love and service to her family and friends.
Their bodies await the resurrection in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Clark County, Washington.

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