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Here we are going into March, which we hope will be a good month, all 31 days! Though we are getting spring fever we will have to postpone some early planting until weather is settled and the ground is warmer. Daffodils, forsythia and early bulbs can take colder weather, and are now making their appearance. The rain seemed to bring the bulbs up the past week. Now is the time to prune crepe myrtles as they are still dormant, and will bloom this August profusely.
Sympathy is expressed to Barney Douglas who lost his sister, Thelma (Douglas) Barnett, 89 years old, in Kansas City, last Friday. From a family of ten children, Barney is now the sole survivor. The family came from close to Viola, Arkansas and lived east of Moody, Missouri. Barney said he had six sisters and three brothers.
The friendship quilt display in the Historian building was successful, and had the steady flow of visitors each day viewing the handiwork of quilters. We appreciate those who worked long hours at the display.
The west is getting snow they haven’t had so much of since 1976, news reports told us.
The Bay area of Portland, Oregon has snow, even in Tillamook and Bay City, according to my daughter who lives there, and they have freezing weather which is unusual.
Ginger Peters, former resident, reports a lot of winter weather in New Jersey, as the east coastal states have been hit hard this winter.
Recovery from her surgery is slow for Marcia Lyon and her husband Dean has had a case of flu. Best wishes to both! It is very hard for ambitious folks like them to slow down with farm chores.
The Gainesville Eastern Star Chapter hosted the annual Grand Chapter school of Instructions with Grand Officers from over the state visiting. The weather didn’t participate with pouring rain as they drove to Gainesville Thursday morning. The noon meal was served at 2:00 p.m. and a count of 63 members present.
Appreciate the story my cousin, Sue Ann Jones, wrote of my cousins Ray and Troy Hillhouse of Springfield last week. Their mother was my first cousin. Their Dad was a singing teacher and taught singing schools over the county as well as being a Baptist minister many years. If not before, we hope to meet up with Ray and Troy at Hootin’ an’ Hollarin.
Paralee Rea, Sam and Donna Weaver attended their Amaranth meeting in Springfield Friday night.
News of Adron Hawkins death reached us after his burial on Friday morning. He passed away Tuesday, February 22nd in Cox Hospital, his cousin, Colene Rose told me. His brother, Agene, has our sympathy.
Sunday, March 6th is Lilly Ridge Church bi-monthly dinner, following morning services. Also Sunday evening services at 6:00 p.m. will be followed by the business meeting, so try to attend and help with the business affairs of the church.
Best wishes to Loretta Davidson as she went Monday to her Springfield doctor to prepare for her hip surgery to replace the present ball joint, also best wishes to Mona Forest who has knee surgery Tuesday at Mountain Home.
Sid and Vicki Smith had their children all home over the weekend. Hope and family and Tiffany were here from St. Louis.
Congratulations to Tim and Susan Campbell who celebrated their 24th anniversary in February.
Friends of Jerry and Barbara Holt were thankful that they escaped serious injuries in a car wreck last Sunday afternoon south of Ava, when a car crossed the center line and hit them, rolling their car three times. They were taken to Cox Hospital. We were happy to see them at church Sunday at Lilly Ridge.
A big happy birthday to Barney Douglas on Thursday, March 3rd, who will be 94 years young. Later this month a friend, Elsie Ponto, of Ocie, will have her 96th birthday.
On Saturday, March 5th, the young folks and leaders at Lilly Ridge Church will be going bowling at Mountain Home after having pizza at the church and making something for the nursing home then devotion time.
What a stormy Monday morning we had! Surely the creeks will be rolling after the down pouring rain.
The Sunday night earthquakes mentioned on the news, centered at Greenbriar, Arkansas were also felt northward in Missouri. A Hardenville resident, Bea Link, experienced the vibration of earth movement at 11:30 p.m. when her chair was moving in their mobile home.
In a conversation with Dale Morrison, of Tecumseh, we were reminiscing of our school days and of losing our schoolmate, Adron Hawkins last week. Dale and his sisters had to cross over the river and walk a distance to catch the school bus. That definitely would have made an education much more valuable than an easier way of life.
However, even now, the Bushners, who lived beyond the Tecumseh Corp of Engineers land, (old picnic ground) can’t get to their property except by boat I hear.
I had a call from Maxine Shanerinan Monday in Nixa. Her brother, Glen Shaw, who has been living alone and is 83 years old was taken to the hospital and will soon have to be in nursing home care. He has dialysis treatments three times a week. Best wishes to him and his three daughters who care for him.
Paralee Rea visited West Plains Eastern Star Chapter a week ago Tuesday evening where they had an initiation. Best wishes to Jerry and Mary Beth Marsh as she improves from her illness gradually with a change in her medication.
Planning meeting for DOW April 19th, for Lilly Ridge Extension Club and Council will be March 7th at 9:30 am at the Senior Center.
“Hello” to all who read our weekly news from Ozark County.