After a tour of her home to look at souvenirs bought in England and Egypt, Donna paused in the kitchen to talk some more. This is where she tells me about her previous husband and death of her mother for the first time.
This was all "B-T" as Donna calls it. Before Tom. Thomas Sebastian is her life partner. They have been together since meeting in Cairo, Egypt in 1982.
In that moment, she said that all this has allowed her to meet Tom. Her greatest reward.
After completing her first two-year tour in London, Donna was placed in Cairo. She loved this more than working in London. It was so different from what she knew. There is where she met Tom, who was sent to work in Egypt on behalf of the US Navy. After completing their terms Tom and Donna headed back to England for another tour of service. Tom would continue with the Navy and Donna took a job with the Department of the Air Force.
Donna sits here going down "Memory Lane" as she calls it showing pictures of the small village they lived at in the Cotswolds, England. Their 15th century cottage was once the Old Post Office.
Now, Donna's international experience did not begin with her time in the foreign service or with Delta, but with her family. Her grandmother, Victorine Bechaz (far right) was from Chamonix-Mont-Blac in the French Apls. She wanted to be a dressmaker and study in Paris, but because of World War I, she was sent to the United States to be with her brother.
Donna's grandmother would eventually become employed at the Wanamaker's department store in Philidelphia and met Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt (middle). Vanderbilt took a liking to Bechaz and hired her because they both spoke French. There Bechaz would make the turbans for Sabu, the Elephant Boy, and his porcelain dolls (lower left).
Donna takes a pause as she reads family recollections about her grandmother. "She was never happy here," Donna said.
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