Lydia is the third child in a family of seven children who grew up in Varina. She and her husband, who grew up just across the river in Chester, have 5 children and 16 grandchildren. The daughters and 13 of the grandchildren all live west of the Mississippi. One son, after several years overseas, now lives in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife and 3 daughters. Her youngest son is in Istanbul, Turkey for now teaching English. He loves to travel and has lived in other places and plans to continue that trend. Lydia has been a member of Altrusa International of the Capital City of Virginia for 20 years. My profession was teaching middle and high school English, the last 14 years in a Virginia Juvenile Correction Center.