270. June Weddings

It’s been said that there’s something about a wedding gown prettier than in any other gown in the world. 

On the blobs this month, you’re going to be looking at the ten June brides our extended family produced, and with any luck, you’ll see the handsome grooms as well.  

Today is the 11th wedding anniversary of my niece Elizabeth (Liz) Ford and her talented husband, Jack Klapper.

Liz and Jack were married in Cedar Rapids on June 3, 2000. Besides their beautiful wedding, we were celebrating Liz’s father, Bob Ford’s successful recovery from a serious illness.

Today, the couple lives in Iowa City, Iowa where Liz is the executive director of The Friends of the Animal Center Foundation, and where Jack is a musician. I didn’t get an update on Jack’s current work but I’ll try to add it soon.

They live in a nice neighborhood and I think they still have two dogs. One thing I’m sure of is that wherever my niece lives, the living space will be shared with other members of the animal kingdom.

Ever since she was a little tyke, Liz has managed to care for dogs, cats, horses, beavers, birds, and any other needy creatures that seem to come her way.

Liz’s middle name is Frances.  That may explain why she continues to be dedicated to doing the work of the kindly St. Francis.  Here’s a video of an interview in which she’s explaining the work she does.  St. Francis would love it.  It’s right down his alley.


I hope you have a happy anniversary, Liz and Jack.  As your elderly aunt, I should be able to come up with some profound wisdom on how to continue to live your healthy and productive lives, but all I can think of at the moment is that sage advice from Phyllis Diller:

Never go to bed mad.  Stay up and fight. 

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2 Responses to 270. June Weddings

  1. Denise (Fitz)Fortune says:

    Happy Anniversary, Liz! 🙂

  2. A relative says:

    Happy Anniversary Liz. Those animals are lucky to have you on their side. I am sure hundreds of them find loving new homes after arriving at your shelter. Good job!

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