I wrote this blog after seeing my birth Mom, Betty Jean Padgett back in July of 2017. Betty Jean passed away this evening, surrounded by her loving husband Doug, son Doug Jr., daughters Laura and Ellen.
I was privileged and honored to know and love Betty Jean and the whole family, all of whom received me into the fold as a true family member with all of its rights and privileges just twelve years ago…
I love you Betty Jean! I will miss you!
We will see each other again, and together we once again… Dance!
The Queen B sits on her throne, a rocking chair from Cracker Barrel.
Her reign covers towns with names like Gloucester, Mathews, West Point, Ware Neck, Gwynn Island, Urbanna, and Saluda.
Her reign reaches out to bodies of waters with names like Chesapeake, Rappahannock, Mobjack, and York.
From the Commonwealth of Virginia down to the Sunshine State called Florida, so has the train of her regal robe traveled.
The Queen B is married to King Doug, better known in the royal family as Senior.
The King’s thick Virginia accent is soothing to the ears as the phrase, “We are going about the house” would be pronounced, “We are going aboat the hoase.”
The royal family consists of two Princes and two Princesses, an equal balance of beauty, brawn, brains, love, and loyalty.
Prince Doug, commonly called Junior.
Princess Ellen, the Baby Sis.
Three of the Royal Children share the Queen B and King Doug’s full DNA genealogy, with Prince David only sharing the Queen B’s genes as a traveling Court Jester made his way through the kingdom during the difficult Civil War of 1962-1963. With Prince David’s striking resemblance, the family has teased the Queen B that perhaps the traveling Court Jester was actually the King of Rock N Roll in disguise…