Curtis Eugene JENNINGS
Shirley C. "Degi" APPELLE
Husband: Curtis Eugene JENNINGS
Birth: 30 Oct 1911, Swinton, Stoddard Co., Missouri
Death: (obituary) 28 Jul 2011, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut
Father: Lonnie Remas (Reamous) JENNINGS
Mother: Florence KIDD
Marriage: 8 Aug 1947, Las Vegas, Nevada
Wife: Shirley C. "Degi" APPELLE
Birth: 1 Jul 1921, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Death: (obituary) 14 Feb 2007, New Britain, Hartford Co., Connecticut
Father: George APPELLE
Mother: Beatrice OPPENHEIM
Because Curtis' father died when he was very young and his mother was ill, he was raised by his Uncle Jesse Jennings. He is listed on the 1930 census with Jesse Jennings and his wife Gertie. Curtis left home and joined the U. S. Army about 1928 or 1929. During his military service, and after, he completed his education and he and Degi settled down in New Britain, Connecticut where he started a second career as a professor at Connecticut State University. After retiring from the university, he remained active in local politics and community affairs.
Degi was born in Chicago but raised in New York. Curtis met Degi there while serving in the military. She was a hospital teaching dietician. She later taught elementary school.