One thing we can say about Cecilia - she
has the patience of a saint. She raised two boys - one of whom was Rick, remember - on her own and they both turned out okay. Not to say they're always on they're best behavior, but as
long as she can reach their ears, she can keep them in line. Amazing woman!
lia Simon met and fell in love with Jack Simon presumably some time in the 40s. She had her first child, Rick, a brown-haired, blue-eyed hellion, in 1947.
I can't help but wonder if she knew about the extent of the beatings Jack gave his troublesome son. It's possible it all happened
where she couldn't see it - it's possible she didn't know any better than Jack did how destructive it was to their young son.
In 1952, they were brave enough to have
another son, Andrew Jackson, also called 'Andy' and 'AJ'. This blond, blue-eyed boy was an instant favorite of both parents. It was hard not to feel that way - where Rick was a loner who
challenged authority, AJ was charming and (mostly) well-behaved.
When Rick was in his early teens, Jack died, leaving Cecilia with two boys to raise on her own. She had her hands full, to say the least.
Nevertheless, she did well for
herself. She raised two big-hearted sons and could still afford to live in the large home where she had raised her family. She keeps very busy with involvement in a
number of clubs and charitable causes.