I read a today marks 16 years since Ringo's first wife, Maureen, passed away after her battle with leukemia. Maureen was the ultimate fan who lived a fans dream. She was a Beatles fan from way back in Liverpool and used to watch the Beatles perform at the Cavern. She soon found herself with a crush on the drummer and asked him for his autograph! A few weeks later, Ringo and Maureen went out on a date and they married in 1965! What an amazing thing to happen for someone who started out as a fan.
I know things weren't always easy for Maureen. But she always seemed to have so much love for Ringo and her children. Maureen and Ringo divorced in 1975, but they stayed good friends to the end.
I am sure that I have taken most of these photos from the Women of the Beatles blog (one of my favorites!)