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This has been a busy week and it has been hard to keep up as I have not felt good and had to make a trip to Urgent Care. It seems to have flown by though.
I spent a couple of days with great-granddaughter Reagan Inman and had a real good time. One day her parents had a conference to attend in Kansas City where they saw Laura Bush, Colin Powell, Bill Cosby, Rev. Robert Schuller and so many great speakers. It was no wonder they were so anxious to attend. Then they went with a group from our church to Joplin and worked for the Salvation Army. They had to work there as they were not letting folks into the debris field, due to the chemicals in the air. The first trip the church made down there they worked long and hard in the neighborhoods and had many touching stories when they returned. I appreciated that they all went back and continued to work there this last week as there is so much to be done. I like any excuse to be with my great granddaughter and did not mind it at all.
The Sunday before Memorial Day I joined youngest daughter Jeanette Evans and her family as we decorated graves at Union Chapel Cemetery and the Chadwick Cemetery. While at Union Chapel, we decorated the graves of my parents, Philip and Alverta Hargis. We saw several longtime friends as we entered the cemetery gates. It was sure nice to see Mary Esther Swearengin and her children Gary Swearengin and Bob and Kay Fleming. The cemetery always looks so nice this time of the year.
We also stopped by Kindall Store where it was nice to see so many out of town visitors gathered. Many of them had come to the neighborhood to decorate graves as well. Last year, we kept the store open on Sunday, as it was usually closed as so many traveled home for Memorial Day weekend.
If you have been in our neighborhood you have noticed that Charley Brindley is putting in some playground equipment and a volleyball court next to the store. He has also painted the front of the building and he is doing such a fine job of continuing the legacy of the general store. We are really proud of him.
He really enjoyed telling Nicholas and Sarah about the plans for the outside of the building and we are hoping it will be a great benefit to our area. We enjoyed a nice visit with oldest son, Jerry Inman and his son Johnny at the Inman home following decorating. Jerry lives in the home where my parents lived in this neighborhood for many years.
Our family appreciated the sympathy shown us recently with the passing of my husband’s great-great-aunt, Huguette Clark of New York. She was 104 and there was a private memorial service for her with our family at the Elkland Independent Methodist Church on Memorial Day. Four generations of our family was present and David Hartwell did a great job of singing. It was also nice to see our cousin, Donnie Leming of Ozark. Huguette was the sister of Mary Adeline Whitaker Inman, who was the mother of my husband’s grandfather, George Inman.
I had better close for now as I need some rest. Hope I have not forgotten too much in this week’s report. We hope to see you out this way in the near future.