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It started out as a typical college romance. Boy meets girl at Potomac State College, they date and then they go their separate ways. He graduates from West Virginia Wesleyan with an education degree. She gets her nursing degree from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Cumberland. In a typical story, that’s where it might end.

But World War II breaks out and James Sinsel Stafford from Grafton, West Virginia enlists in the Army. He becomes an army recon pilot. Grace Weber, a Cumberland native and nurse, enlists and becomes a triage nurse stationed in the Philippines. Lt. Stafford is also stationed in the Philippines and hears that his college sweetheart is stationed at an army hospital.

He makes it a point to find her. And the rest, as they say is fate. Jim would fly-in to where Grace was stationed, often picking up his brother, Tommy who was serving on a navy salvage boat nearby. After a fly-in courtship, Lt. Grace Weber and Captain James Stafford were married in Nagoya, Japan. Grace’s wedding dress made from the silk of a Japanese parachute was created by her fellow nurses. Instead of leaving by limousine, they left the wedding riding on a caisson.

After the war, Grace and Jim returned to Grafton, WV where Jim worked for the Appalachian Power Company. Later they moved to Cumberland and Jim worked for the South Cumberland Planing Mill owned by Grace’s dad and then Queen City/Old Export brewery. Grace worked as a nurse and after their children, Jimmy and Joan were born, she became a homemaker. The love story continued until Jim’s passing in 1986, they were married for forty years. Grace died in 1994.
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