On November 7, 1969, my parents, Ann and Bill went to Oklahoma City excited they were finally going to be family. They were on their way to the Department of Public Welfare to pick up Nancy Dunn aka Baby girl Dunn, soon to be named Beth from Hedwig McLaughlin. They had been given the opportunity to adopted another little girl just two weeks before, but Bill had told Ann that "it just wasn't right." When Ann called Bill on November 6th all he could say was, "well, let's go pick her up". And that is how I found my family.
They picked me up and it was in the 80's outside, and I was in a hot itchy pink dress. The same dress that can be seen in the photo below. That is Emma when she was not even 1 day old.
I thought it would be wonderful to have Emma have her picture at the hospital taken in that same dress. Anyway, it was hot and my father took that dress off of me because it was itchy and hot.
I had been in foster care since I was born. My mother signed the papers the relinquish me from her custody on August 11th. Mind you, I was born on July 29th. I guess I was not in too good of spirits due to horrible diaper rash and ear infections in both ears. Hmmm, some wonderful foster care.
My parents took me home and they were hosting a party for OSU Homecoming that very weekend! So they had a houseful of guests and the meaning of Homecoming took on something very different.
Now for some information on my biological parents. In 2001, I had the judge in Payne county open up my records, and I received non identifying information from the state. Oklahoma is a "closed record" state, which I hate. I see the purpose, but come on, I have parents. I just want to know who they were/are. What were they like... shoot.. who the heck do I look like!
My mother is Verna Dunn. She was born in 1947 in Oklahoma. She was 5"2" with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was going to college at the time she became pregnant. She was going to school on a national Defense loan and was working as her parents were not able to help her in any other way for college. Her major was Sociology. She planned to go on and earn a Master's Degree if she could financially. She lived with relatives in Oklahoma during her pregnancy. I was born in Ardmore, OK at the Memorial Hospital of Southern Oklahoma.
My mother had two siblings. Her sister was 22 years old and had graduated from college. She also had Blondie hair and blue eyes. Her brother was 15 years old. He was a sophomore in high school and also had Blondie hair and blue eyes. My grandmother was 44 years old and was 5'3" with Blondie hair and blue eyes. She worked in a manufacturing plant in July of 1969. My grandfather was 45 years old. He was average height with wavy black hair, medium dark complexion and was of French descent (HM, always wondered where my love of the French came in...now we all know). He completed high school and was a Chamber of Commerce president at one time. He worked in the insurance business and in real estate. My paternal great grandparents both had blue eyes, black hair and both had dark complexions and also of French descent.
Now, my father.. do not know his name. I guess in 1969 it was not required he be listed, interviewed, anything. Anyway, he was six feet tall, had black hair, blue eyes, and a medium complexion. He was junior at a University in Oklahoma. He was a football letterman and maintained a B average. They had dated for 3 months. He knew of the pregnancy but was not ready for marriage. He knew nothing about Verna's plan to place me for adoption and did not want him interviewed. All she told the caseworker is that he was from Texas and he had some younger sisters and his parents were living.
I have tried to find her because I really want her to know I am fine. She did a wonderful thing for me. I look up to her because I do not know if I could do the same. I could never give my flesh and blood to someone else with the hope they would raise and take good care of my child. What an unselfish thing to do for someone! I would like to also find her to find out who my father is. He has the right to know what happened to me. Plus, they have a grand daughter. I think if I ever do try to find them I will have to hire a professional, which I just do not have the money for that.
P.S. If you happen to know of anyone whose last name is/was Dunn and they fit the description, please pass this on... LOL