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Last Weeks News – Another Christmas time has come and gone and wintertime weather has moved in. No falling weather hindered traffic here, though many states in the east were snow bound. The west has mudslides, which destroyed homes and roads. We were fortunate.
As Paralee Rea had acquired a good supply of stuffed animals and teddy bears, she took a load of them to the Willow Springs State Highway Patrol office last week and visited with Patrolmen Roger Hillhouse who was there.
Those having Christmas Eve dinner with Tara Miller and boys, in Mtn. Home were Dave, Karen, Keith and Jaycee Davis, Lisa and Dan Keller, Lloyd, Selena and Naomi Hensley, Chet and Dana Taylor.
Santa’s helpers made my Christmas Eve day enjoyable, and a busy one for me. My niece, Andrea Hansen, from Walnut Grove made a long phone call and I had several others. Chet and Dana Taylor visited and we exchanged gifts, also grandson, Keith Davis came and brought gifts. On Thursday Warren Moody visited and we exchanged gifts.
Santa’s helpers, George and Mary Boze came Friday with a gift and I enjoyed their visit. I had a nice gift from my Sunday school class.
Praise is given to all the mail carriers who take care of our deliveries of mail in all kinds of weather.
Happy birthdays on December 27 to Cheryl Katon, of West Plains, and Charlene Pitcock, of Forsyth and a belated birthday to Karen Livingston on December 24.
A long distance call from Wade Crawford in Ramona, California was the yearly greeting to his relatives in Missouri including myself, Nadiene and Mose House and his aunts, Wilma (Robbins) Hooper, and Rosalie (Robbins) Sorenson, in the Chicago area. The California coast rains were flooding badly north of Wade’s home and lots of mud slides.
Harry and Loretta Davidson had an early family Christmas dinner on Sunday the 19th, and Loretta fed a houseful including Sandi Naegles, Gary Davidson, Carolyn Trivett and David, after he delivered truckloads of gas to various places including Oklahoma deliveries.
Kristine Luebbert, and granddaughter, Alexus, and Richard Ott, from Tillamook, Oregon, and Salina, Kansas visited me the week before Christmas and on Monday, December 20th, we had our family get together with Karen and Dave Davis and Keith. Warren Moody joined us while they were here.
Neoma Moody has had a bout with a bad head and throat cold.
Prayers have been for Tim Campbell who had emergency colon surgery last week. News at this writing is that he is recovering successfully in Baxter County Medical Center.
Hello and best wishes to former Ozark Countians who read our news each week. Among those who I heard from at Christmas was a schoolmate, Veryl Atkinson, in Excelsior Springs, and cousin, Leslie Robbins in Wichita. I’m still waiting to hear from him.
Sandy and Cindy Strong had a Christmas Day visit with her folks, the Deweys, in Mtn. Home.
The news reached us that a dear friend and former residents of Tecumseh, Mildred Worley, passed away on Christmas Day in Arizona. Her daughter, Pam, phoned Paul and Judy Breyne. She and husband, Otis, were members of the First Christian Church. At their home on James Lane they had a large strawberry patch and many of their friends benefited from their crops each spring.
It was good to have Kyle Hogan at church Sunday with fiancée, Sarah Hambelton, while he was on leave from the army and his station in Australia. Sarah’s dad and sister, Ronnie and Kayla Hambelton also attended church Sunday at Lilly Ridge and Kayla’s friend.
Some of those celebrating December birthdays were Mearl Satterfield on the 16th along with Mearl and Beaulah’s 54th anniversary on December 29. Ronnie Carroll of Springfield has a December 29th birthday.
The grandson of Maxine Smith and son of Curt and Marsha Hallam, of Tempe, Arizona, Steven Clayton Hallam, received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, in San Francisco, California recently.
Having Christmas dinner with Stella King were 18 of her family members. The Wayman and Manuel Kings’, Gary and Deborah Mason, Ronnie Hambelton and daughters, Kayla and Sarah, Kyle Hogan and Ryan Graham.
Clinton and Rebe Harley celebrated their 52nd December anniversary, Harry and Loretta Davidson, their 58th and Scott Linton and wife, their 13th, all in December.
Our best wishes to Tim Campbell as he recuperates from surgery last week.
Our business meeting at Lilly Ridge Church will be Sunday night, January 2nd, and our bi-monthly dinner will be following morning services, January 2nd.
The Faye Allen family has our sympathy.
Gainesville Eastern Star Chapter met Monday evening. Their official visit will be January 10 with District Deputy Paralee Rea.
Jimmy Strong had Penny and Jerry James from Raymore, and Nathaniel James from Cedar Rapids, Iowa visiting Sunday and Sunday night. Marcella Crawford visited Jimmy last Thursday.
On Monday Sandy and Cindy Strong, Chris and Julie McFarland, Leci Strong, Justin and wife, Marcia, Matt and April Lynne and three children spent Monday at Jimmy’s home. They had their family Christmas dinner on Monday.
Lilly Ridge Extension Club will have their monthly meeting at Vaught’s Restaurant Thursday, January 20.
Joe and Ernestine Gaddy spent Saturday in Jefferson City where their daughter’s families met at Paul and Tammy Childress’ home for an enjoyable Christmas.
Our prayers are for Ernestine’s brother-in-law, Jim Hyder, husband of Mildred, who is in Cox Hospital with pneumonia. Also Si Long is in St. John’s with pneumonia. We wish both recovery soon.
Just a thought for the New Year, “Old age is like red grapes turned into sparkling wine, its fruits are aged to perfection and ripened on the vine. Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year from the Ozarks.