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Ronnie Atchison has been ill for some time but kept going until early this week when he became worse and has been in ICU most of the remaining week. I understand he has been put in a room now. Please pray for Ronnie. He has always been civic minded and helpful in all activities in Norwood.
Velma Gray is looking forward to the Wood’s reunion next Saturday at the old Town & Country building in Mountain Grove. Velma’s grandmother, Rosa Goodman, was a daughter of Doss Woods of the Oak Forest community.
Sorry about the murder of Phillip Taylor. That was a terrible thing. He was once a Norwood resident and has a daughter living here.
Teresa Chadwell and Leah Vaughan came today and cleaned my house. What a blessing. I can’t do much but go. That I do and don’t get much done and since I’m older, I’m so slow, never was very swift.
Last early evening I attended a baseball game at Norwood between Plato and Norwood. I remained neutral as my grandson, Mark Vaughan, is the coach at Plato and Norwood is my home school. Plato beat the first two games; there was a third one I never stayed for. I don’t see well enough to really enjoy the games. I sat by Marsha Forrest and she was real nice to tell me what was happening, things I couldn’t see. It was lovely weather and nice to be outside. I visited with Lola Massey from Plato. When I substituted there, she was the school secretary. I also met Mrs. Crane. Her husband is high school principal at Plato and she teaches at Norwood. It was nice to finally meet her.
Jerry Richardson is not a bit well; please include him in your prayers. Also remember the Sinning families. Lonnie and his dad have serious health issues.
Tuesday the Norwood Senior Citizens met at the Caudle Church for their monthly dinner and fellowship. We had a lovely dinner and fellowship. We had 22 present. They were Joan Williams, Linda Cottengim, Wanda Helums, Violet Hinote, Marybelle Summers, Hubert Strunk, Velma Gray, June Bradshaw, Barbara Saladin and grandson C.J., Earlene Dennis, Leo and Ruth Bradshaw, Donnasue Cottengim, Jack Chadwell, Opal Chadwell, Jr. and Alberta Steinert, Leon Pendergrass, Joan Sanders, Donna Climber, and Wayne Hopper. We’ll meet again the second Tuesday of October. We hope you remember to come. We sure missed Ronnie and Janet Atchison. They get there early and help any way they can.
We went to Fayetteville, Ark., Wednesday of this week. Arkansas, that we saw was beautiful. The mountains were so pretty. It has sure changed, the town since I was there several years ago. Our daughter, Teresa, drove us. We must have trained her well, she’s a good driver. Both our daughters are. Driver Ed could have done it, but we’ll take some credit, and too, they’re part Bradshaw. They know cars or engines pretty well. It was born and bred in them, it seems.
Some of you older people remember Mildred (Filer) McIntosh. They had two boys and two girls. Their oldest daughter, Joan, passed away last week. She had a real bad leg, I think diabetes was the main problem. Joan never married.
Leo McIntosh has passed away. Mildred is still living. She was the daughter of Alva and Lillie Filer who had a sawmill and lived south of Norwood. They were born and raised in the Oak Forest community but later moved to Springfield and had a lumber yard there. They both died in Springfield. Her daughter Bonnie married my only brother, and my older sister, Anise, married their son, Ray. They were good people.
Had a nice visit with my niece, Deana Kelly Thursday as she drove us to Springfield. She had to go and so did we, so we went together. She and Ronnie have been in Louisiana working in the project oil spill. We had a great day together. Her mother is my younger sister, Esther. Friday she brought me eggs. Her hens are doing good. She told me Mason Kelly lost a grandson just recently. He was 21, I think and was on his first day at a new job and his death was unexpected. They weren’t sure why he died but had an autopsy, but she hadn’t heard from it yet.
Have a good week!