Rest in Peace Mrs. Loving

Last year I asked you if you knew who Mildred Loving was. Historically, Mildred Loving did one truly great thing — she married for love. Over 40 years ago, she married Richard Loving, a white man in Virginia. Her marriage to him was illegal as interracial marriage was a source of outrage in the state. They were actually run out of the state and eventually, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the laws banning their marriage.

Marrying for Love

True love doesn’t recognize color, creed, religion or boundaries of any kind. True love seeks to fulfill itself and to expand beyond the borders of humanity to reach into the soul. Mildred Loving and her husband Richard did exactly that during a time when our country didn’t approve of interracial marriage. They were run out of their state. They were forced to make decisions to stay together in spite of all the obstacles.

Rest In Peace

Mildred Loving passed away on Friday, May 2nd just one month shy of what would have been her 50th wedding anniversary (her husband passed away in 1975). She and her husband leave more than a legacy of love that has paid forward many generations since the 1950s. She is survived by one of her three children, eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Thank you Mrs. Loving and rest in peace.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.