Forever Yours, Agnes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a true love story -- two people separated by war, writing back and forth to each other every day.
Now, those letters from World War II are gaining attention in Louisville, and even across the country.
At 18-years-old, it was a love unlike any other for Agnes Coomes.
It was 1939, and she quickly fell in love.
"When I found Tommy I just fell for him right away. We went together for 2 ½, almost 3 years, and then the war came along and they started drafting all the boys you know," says Agnes Coomes.
Tommy was sent to England during World War II.
"He was gone 3 years, 3 months and 4 days. We just wrote letters everyday. A lot, a lot of letters," says Agnes.
Thousands of letters were passed back and forth between Agnes and Tommy.
"I was always afraid he might find somebody who would introduce him to somebody else. That never happened," she says laughing.
All of them were signed the same.
"Forever yours, and then I always kissed it underneath it. I used a lot of lipstick kissing all those letters," Agnes says giggling.
Agnes admits, not all of them were easy to write.
"I guess the saddest thing was the night I had to write to tell him about his brother being killed because he didn't know it", she says.
The pair got through the war and married. They held onto the letters.
"I'm going to bed now hon. I hope I dream about you. I love you so very, very much Tootsie," says Meghan Coomes, the granddaughter of Agnes as read what Agnes wrote.
Copies of conversations are now being turned into jewelry by Agnes's granddaughter, Meghan Coomes.
"In her eyes, I could just see that it just brought her right back to the moment where she had put her hand to pen and paper and had written those very words, so it was very special for me," says Meghan Coomes.
Rings, bracelets, and necklaces with words inside that take Agnes back almost 70 years.
"I can't bear to think about going through life without you. Let's just hope and pray the war will be over soon and we will be reunited before long," Meghan Coomes reads from one of the letters.
"I read them sometimes and even cry sometimes when I read those old letters. It was a long, long time," says Agnes Coomes.
The only thing missing is Tommy, who passed away 13 years ago from lung cancer.
"We found out in March he had cancer, and he died in September. So, he didn't have much time," Agnes says.
It's why this jewelry holds an extra special meaning for Agnes and her family.
"That's my favorite part. Just to have her in the room next to me," says Meghan Coomes.
Although times have changed, the lipstick and letters that Agnes once sent haven't. They are words she now holds close to her heart.
Agnes's granddaughter, Megan, says the Smithsonian Institution has even shown some interest in the jewelry.
She has sold the jewelry both locally and to people across the country.
For list of places where's it's being sold and to reach the Forever Yours, Agnes website, click here.
Copyright 2011 WDRB News. All Rights Reserved.