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We are happy to get the nice rain lately. It may not come just the way we want it, but we must not complain.
Wedding bells keep ringing in our area. Mike Williams and Mary Lorrett were married last Saturday. Their wedding was private but they had a great reception that afternoon at the YMCA in Mountain Grove. A wonderful meal was served to many relatives and friends. Mary looked beautiful. Her husband had a stint put in and they haven’t taken a honeymoon yet. It was good to see her brother Wayne there. He’s been down quite a bit since his stroke some time ago. All of her siblings were there, and her daughter Penny. I met her sister Esta’s daughter. Esta lost her life in a car accident. We enjoyed the reception very much. Although she requested no gifts they got several. Mike seemed like a very nice person and we hope for them a future of happiness.
Billie and Mary Ann Mason, formerly Johnson, just observed their 40 years of marriage. They live on a farm north of Norwood. Mary Ann has worked for the Great Southern Bank in Mountain Grove several years. They had their celebration at her brother, Herbie’s home. We wish you many more happy years together.
William Kent Crowder and Tiffanie Ann Holloway, both of Norwood, were united in marriage at her grandparents, Bert and June Malone’s home Aug. 24. It was a lovely outdoor wedding. Rev. Joseph D. Wright performed the ceremony. Tiffanie is a graduate of Norwood High School. We wish them a long and happy married life.
Elsie Curtis and Debra Massey visited Elsie’s granddaughter and Debra’s daughter, April Mayberry of Elk Creek on Monday. Elsie and Debra attended the Champion School reunion. Elsie attended school there. One of Ezra Henson’s sons was the M.C. Elsie was one of 10 children. Three attended the reunion. Seven of the children are still living. Gene Hicks who married Grace Smith now lives in Baker, Ore. and is very ill with cancer. We pray he will be touched.
Scott Hall, son of Larry and Laurel Hall of Macomb, will leave tomorrow for Dubai. He and his wife are teaching there. She has already returned as she didn’t have as much vacation as he. Scott said he may get to come back Christmas.
Mike and Karen Ross have gone to North Dakota to visit their daughter and family, Robert and Jessica Owens and two children.
We went grocery shopping yesterday and we saw Juanita Dabbs and her mother who has moved back to Norwood. She lost her husband recently. I hadn’t seen Juanita for a long time. It was good to see her. Her children are all grown – couldn’t believe her son is 18. People in Norwood can go for a long time and never see each other. I don’t go to Walmart often.
The Oak Forest reunion was a great day even if we only had 15. John and Victor Moles, Carol and Lyle Hull, Carol and Jess Rhoades, Leo and Ruth Bradshaw, Leon Hopper and wife, Hubert Strunk, Marybelle Summers, Opal Chadwell, Violet Hinote, Velma Gray. We had a lovely dinner, after that we sang several hymns with Victor at the piano. Velma Gray sang the timely song, “Life Has Made a Change in Me.” We hope you can meet with us next year.
So sorry to hear of Lela Caldwell’s death. She was a lovely lady. She was 93 years old. Please pray for her family.
Victory Hill Church had dinner at the church Sunday and a baptizing in Gasconade River afterward. Two were candidates, a man and a young girl. Their attendance is holding up and they are so thankful.