On June 1, 1967, Jeanne Dewsnup and her husband came to town and purchased the Egyptian Theatre at 452 Main, the Tru Vu Drive In at 1001 Highway 92 and the Big Sky Drive In on Crawford Avenue. I believe Jeanne told me that they closed the Big Sky Drive In in 1986. So for two months short of 52 years, Jeanne has played a very large part in the ups and downs of this great community.
The drive-in is open seven nights a week throughout the summer. The Egyptian has been open 365 days a year for 52 years. That takes a lot of dedication.
I always enjoyed stopping off at Jeanne's ticket window when I went to see the show, and I really enjoyed when I would run into her walking down Main Street or standing in line at the bank. I am really going to miss that too.
A little over a week ago I was coming out of the bank and saw Jeanne hobbling down the sidewalk in front of me. I caught up with her and I told her she reminded me of Chester on "Gunsmoke." We both laughed and joked about it while trying to remember Chester's real name. Then Jeanne was telling me how she had injured her foot. I will always treasure the moments we spent talking and joking around about things going on on Main Street.
Jeanne has been a very important part of Delta's Main Street for over 52 years and her life has made a very large impression on everyone who knew her. We will all miss her very much but we will have a lot of great memories to hang on to.
Hopefully God will put her in charge of the movie projector on movie nights and then she will feel right at home.
Goodbye, Jeanne. Thanks for all the great memories. Thank you for the priceless contributions you have given this great community.