Back in the late 1930's or early 1940's, Jerry Dodd married Edith Ellen Arnold.
Alissa's mom Karen was their youngest baby.
Karen's mother died suddenly on December 29th, 1947,
a few weeks after Karen was born.
(Karen is Bentley Boykin's mother-in-law.)
Jerry then married Zayda Margaret ("Margie") on June 21st, 1948.
The families were thus combined.
And that's why there's a yearly Dodd-Westerhoff Reunion
(the "We put the 'fun' in dysfunctional" people).
Grampa Jerry died April 27th, 1989.
Gramma Margie died in September that same year.
Grampa Jerry's body was misplaced for a little while after he died.
His family got a real kick out of this faux pas:
Jerry was touring the country, post mortem.
Nobody told Margie. She'da been upset.
They say Jerry always did have a little wanderlust in him... Here are some images of Jerry & Margie, mostly in their heyday.