- Apr 13, 2003Hi all. We just returned back from a three-week jaunt to South
Africa, and I see you have an interesting thread going.
In December I received the following email:
My name is Judi (Nottleson) Woodard. Grace Nottleson Callahan was
my father's sister, and close friend to Edythe H.G. We had my Aunt
Grace, Edythe, and Don Blanding in our home one Christmas when I was
a child. I remember him being a large, tall man. Edythe was also
tall and very striking. Edythe and my Aunt shared Edythe's home in
their latter days.
Edythe died first and left her estate to my Aunt. When my Aunt died,
my twin brother and I inherited her estate, along with what Edythe
had left her. All of the jewelry was left to me--the rest was split
50/50 with my brother. Among the jewelry was a moon stone ring
(very beautiful and unique--one of a kind I'm told) that Don Blanding
had specially designed for Edythe. With the ring is a tiny little
note written by Don Blanding to Edythe. I have the ring and note in
a safety deposit box for safe keeping.
My Aunt shard with me when I became an adult that Edythe and Don
Blanding were more than just working partners. They were
romantically involved. Don adored her and among many gifts he gave
her was this ring. It's set in 18 kt gold with gorgeous detailing
around the large, oval shaped moon stone (from Hawaii). I've had
several jewelers look at it and they all tell me it's priceless and
probably one of a kind. I had a photo of Don Blanding wearing one
that matched it, and also a photo of Edythe wearing the one I now
have. Many of Don Blanding's things were sold to a gentleman who
wanted to place them into a Don Blanding museum in Oklahoma (I can't
remember the city).
I have one box of his things that I kept, but it's stored somewhere
in my garage. It would be a monumental task to find the box, but
perhaps one day my husband and I will spend some time looking for
it. I really regret getting rid of all the things we had. I had the
shirts he wore in Hawaii, romantic letters he wrote to Edythe, and
tons of photos--some of him with movie stars, some of him with
Edythe, and lots of photos of Don Blanding himself.
We still don't know where Don's moonstone ring is, but at least we
have more to go on now....Keith
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