Mary Anne Stratton and Walter Bowles were high school sweethearts. They met after a Veterans' Day Parade in 1955 in Indianapolis, Ind. Walt was Thomas Carr Howe High Schools' first ROTC?Battalion Commander in 1955 and 1956. Mary Anne Stratton was on the girls' drill team. When they arrived back at the school, Mary Anne had missed her ride home. The commandant of the ROTC unit requested that Walt should escort Mary Anne to her home and as the old saying goes "that's all she wrote."
Mary Anne and Walt were married on Aug. 21, 1957, when Walt was stationed in the Army at Fort Ord, Calif.
Mary Anne and Walt have three children, Kerrle, Keith and Kraig and four grandchildren, Sasha, Joshua, Connor and Graham.
When Mary Anne and Walt retired, they selected Salem, Ark., as their new home.