I chose to graduate in January of 56. I had enough credits so why wait to spread my wings…OOPS!!!!!!
I married Pete Hoyt (class of 1955) and received one of those “Putting Husband through College Degrees” which was great. After college graduation he was recruited by Texas Instruments so we moved to Garland, Texas. After sixteen years and three wonderful children Pete and I chose to change our future directions together.
During that time I received an associate degree in Interior Design. While doing this I became an employee of Southwestern Bell until AT&T took ownership of me. What a wonderful career change. As management I had an opportunity to assist in establishing Phone Centers all over the country designing and implementing the sales and marketing programs while making lifelong friends. A very memorable experience I had was to introduce the first AT&T cellular phone to the Dallas Metro area. It was in a suitcase and weighed 28 pounds and cost over $2000.00
Haven’t we come a long way!!!
I remarried in 1973 to a wonderful man and best friend, Maurice McNeel. We joined our two families, my 3 and his 2 Children (all one year apart in age). We survived Drill Teams, Cheerleading, ALL sports, cars and insurance, proms, and braces plus college !!!! At one time we had 3 in college at once…. We now have seven grandchildren and one Great-grandchild! Tragically we lost a son in 1989…very hard to lose a child…..
I was fortunate to take early retirement from AT&T in 1989. I matched one of their “retirement plans” by three days!
It was meant to be!! So.. I joined our family building supply business which opened the door for my business Brick and Stone Graphics. We now travel all over the country promoting our company which works with fundraising
Plus creating and designing Veteran’s parks, hospitals, churches, schools, zoos, city main streets and historical Restoration. All this is done with engraved brick, tile , stone and glass and monuments with sales and installations In all 50 states. Lot’s of fun and very rewarding!! Our kids run our businesses while we travel and so goes the circle of life……..
We were very fortunate to have “tradition” taught us during our Paschal years…Stardust, pompom girls (first drill Team for Paschal), Ft. Worth stock show, the zoo, Forest Park Swimming Pool, Carlson’s, Casino Beach, and Strong healthy competition between Paschal and Arlington Heights. Not to forget hometown heroes like Ben Hogan.
So as I approach another season of my life I truly have learned each day is a gift and “if it’s to be, it’s up to me”…
Paschal friends let’s keep our memories and most of all, HAVE FUN !!!!!
– Freddie Garrison McNeel