Meet Jessica

Meet Jessica

It’s hard to imagine a Westporter more active, engaged and upbeat than Jessica Branson. Always healthy, she didn’t think much of some stomach problems in the winter of 2021. But after a couple of months she lost motor functions. She dropped cups, fell often, then could not even walk.

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Meet Alexandria

Meet Alexandria

Alexandria McCombs whose life was saved by unsung heroes. The tension in the midnight Saigon air 47 years ago was palpable. Amidst the haze of gun smoke over the sea, the languid humidity was almost coquettish, reminding us of French niceties like laughing cow cheese and chocolat. My dad loved the water. He believed that the ocean would deliver us to safety and freedom.
Meet Jennifer

Meet Jennifer

“Please don’t leave me,” were the words Jennifer pleaded to her husband Tate as he lay unconscious with pouring rain, crashing thunder and intense lightening surrounding them. September 12, 2008 would forever change the direction of her life.

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Meet Virginia

Meet Virginia

Virginia Barlow Browning was the life of the party. Her four siblings remember her as bringing home more friends than anyone else in the house combined and organizing trips, clubs, and parties. Such social and leadership skills served her well in the many jobs she pursued throughout her life.

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Meet Anna

Meet Anna

There were two items on "Annie" Barlow's agenda each time she moved residences: Paint her kitchen a cheerful apple green, then ask the eldest child to tend the siblings while Annie explored the nearest fishing hole. Annie and her husband, Charles actually moved often since he was a railroad engineer. Eight children were the result of a marriage that lasted 40 years.

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