Curtis Eugene JENNINGS
Shirley C. "Degi" APPELLE

Husband:  Curtis Eugene JENNINGS
Birth:  30 Oct 1911, Swinton, Stoddard Co., Missouri
(obituary) 28 Jul 2011, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut    
Father:  Lonnie Remas (Reamous) JENNINGS
Florence KIDD

Marriage:     8 Aug 1947, Las Vegas, Nevada

Wife:  Shirley C. "Degi" APPELLE
Birth: 1 Jul 1921, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
(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.