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Miss Ellie Ewing  in Dallas

Digger liked to think that they would one day manage to get married, but what little chance he had was blown away when Jock Ewing appeared. Jock simply swept Miss Ellie off her feet-or so they say. More than one Dallas resident has remarked on the coincidence that Ellie agreed to marry Jock on the day the Sheriff was foreclosing on Southfork, and that Jock was the only eligible man in Dallas who had the money to save it. But Miss Ellie said she loved him, and it was evident over the years that that was indeed the truth.

Her father didn't give the two of them five years together-said they were both too stubborn-but he was wrong. This is not to say that their marriage was smooth. They both had strong, independent wills, which often clashed mightily, but even stronger were their unrelenting respect, love, and passion for one another.

Jock Ewing and Miss Ellie Southfork Ranch Dallas

Miss Ellie and Jock's wedding was one of the largest in Dallas's history. Although everyone knew that Aaron was bankrupt, he refused to let Jock pay for the wedding and somehow came up with enough money (Ellie noticed the precious objects that disappeared from the house) to insist on the finest. He not only ordered that Ellie's wedding gown be made of imported French fabric but also paid for a seamstress to come along with it, all the way from Paris, to fit her. Hundreds of guests arrived, and out came the food, tons of barbecue and drink, and a band to beat the day.

The event was slightly marred for Ellie by her brother's absence. He had written to wish her well and tell her that he had joined the Merchant Marines and would be at sea on the day of her wedding. A short time later, the family was notified that Garrison had been lost at sea. Ellie was deeply grieved.

After she bore their first son, J.R., Ellie began to settle down some. She participated in Aaron and Jock's discussions regarding the finances of the ranch in the library, and in the bedroom she listened to Jock's dreams that were being realized at Ewing Oil, but she began to see that her role in life could not be only a wife and mother at Southfork, but that it must involve the outside community. There were enormous changes taking place in Dallas, and she began to take an active interest in the city, particularly in the cultivation of its arts. She joined the Daughters of the Alamo, a woman's volunteer group centered in Dallas. Under Ellie's leadership-for almost forty years-the DOA went from being a social club for elite ladies to one of the most effective and influential civic groups in the state. They involved themselves in land reform issues, in protests against what they felt were dangerous precedents in housing developments, and established and supported many charitable agencies dealing with food, clothing, housing, and medical care for the disadvantaged.

Just prior to the outbreak of World War II, Ellie gave birth to another son and named him after her brother, Garrison. She had her third and last son, Bobby, six years later. Ellie adored her children. Nothing made her happier than to see the boys roughhousing in one of their infamous football games.on the Southfork lawn. She'd give anything to encourage their love for Southfork, to keep them there all day-and, hopefully, for the rest of their lives. Up went the basketball hoop, stables with ponies inside were labeled "J.R.," "Gary," and "Bobby," and Ellie supervised the building of a swimming pool.

The boys were the center of her and Jock's life, but Ellie had one. special son, and her favoritism was hard to hide. Gary, always Gary. Reminiscent of the scenes between her parents over her brother, Jock and Ellie's fights always seemed to be over Gary. J.R. was an oilman, just like his daddy. And no wonder, Ellie thought; Jock stole the child away from her when he was five and plunked him behind a desk at Ewing Oil. Bobby was a rancher, just like Jock was now becoming, but Bobby was versatile enough, quick enough to be a Ewing Oil executive one day as well, Gary, poor Gary, was not quite fitting in anywhere, Oh, he loved ranching well enough, but he simply did not get along with Jock's rough-and-ready temperament. Gary was more like Ellie, in that he, was artistically inclined, but he lacked her will on an everyday level. When he was a teenager, Ellie winced at what she saw. Gary started drinking to gain courage to stand up to Jock, and to J.R., who had been bullying him since the, day he was born. When Gary ran away from Southfork after his brief attempt at marriage with Valene Clements, it nearly broke Ellie's heart, and deep down inside she harbored a resentment against Jock that would surface years later.

As her sons grew up into men of their own minds, Ellie missed having a child around. Though she was distressed that Gary and Valene's marriage had broken up, she was elated to bring up their tiny baby, Lucy, as the daughter she had never had.

 

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