This union was not considered appropriate at this time in history so Jean married George Sutherland Smith who was my Grandfather.
Norm (the love of her life) never married and remained in love with Jean until he died, at some point in time after WWII Norm gave Jean a string of Mikimoto pearls.
Jean my Grandma loved these pearls and wore them for special occasions. This image is of Grandma wearing the pearls at my wedding (it brings a smile to my face every time I see this image).
When Grandma passed away she gave these treasured pearls to my mother, who was a casual woman and never wore them.
She did have the pearls valued and was pleased to discover that the pearls were good quality and that Norm had invested in something beautiful.
On several occasions my mother told me that she would give the pearls to me one day – but that day never arrived and my mother died.
Finally after a period of “not being able to find Norm’s pearls” I now have them and have had them remodelled.