Stephen Thomas Brown

This is not the first time I have had to post more than one obit in the same day. It is also not the first time that we have had funerals for two graduates on the same day.   I really hate to be the bearer of more bad news but I guess it is just a sign of our ages.

Here is the obit for Stephen Brown.  I do not know any of the particulars on Stephen’s death, either.

Bill Walselben

I regret to report that we have lost another graduate- Bill Walsleben.

I do not know any of the details but last night Pat McGlaughn Dooley informed me of his passing. I was able to locate his obit this morning.

The picture on the left is from 1960; the one on the right is from 2018.

Anne Montgomery (Nagle) Hart

Fellow graduates,

Always, when researching our graduates to inform them of a reunion, we learn of deaths.  Unfortunately this was the case with Anne Nagle.  Here is the link to her obit.

I have included her 1960 WHS pic along with pictures that were on the obit website.

Following the death of her husband, it sounds like Anne made quite a life for herself and quite an impact on others.  Her last known address was a 2015 Pensacola, Florida residence.

To quote David McPhail:  “I believe it significant that one of our school mates is buried in Arlington Cemetery.  Also, the fact that she had six children. Her husband was missing for years and she ‘worked’ for years to ensure that he was found.”

Quarterly Luncheon – June 2018

The quarterly WHS Class of 1960 luncheon will be on Tuesday, June 12th at noon.  We’ll be meeting at:

Casa De Castillo
4820 Sanger Ave
Waco, TX 76710

Please R.S.V.P. to Sissie (Blair) Shandalow.  You can reach her by email.

Hope to see you there and be sure to mark this on your calendar!!

Waco Town Crier – June 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on May 1, 2018.

58th REUNION

The Waco High Class of 1960 58th Reunion Registration Form is attached. Do not be the last one to respond….Malissa is wanting to hear from you!

FROM OUR GRADUATES

From Judith (Hamff) Murphy:
“Here’s some feedback for my fellow traveling classmates. I made a reservation on-line for the Indigo Hotel. A couple of weeks later I decided I’d check-in with the hotel by phone so that I’m included with the WHS 60 group. There’s a savings of about $75 for the two nights with the group discount.
Thanks to the organizing committee for negotiating this discount! Looking forward to seeing you and the rest of our classmates in October.”

Regarding the safety of David Pettus with the Hawaiian volcanic issues:

“Glad to hear this. Was thinking of him.”
Janell (Buida) Bolton

“Glad all is well with them.”
Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler

“That’s good news! It looks really bad on television. Thanks for keeping us posted on our classmates’ status. Blessings,”
Kay (Albright) Hofer

Latest word from David Pettus regarding the volcano (May 15, 2018):
“Aloha Jeanne,

“Mahalo for you interest, and aloha to all the classmates!

“Below you will see this morning’s update from the Volcano Observatory. It includes links to sources of information and video footage, and there is even a link to subscribe to these updates if anyone would like to stay current. Fortunately, we can still report that everything is calm in our neck of the woods. We live about 5 miles from Honoka`a, in the Hamakua District, on the oldest and most geologically “settled – down” part of the Big Island, so our location is very fortunate. In addition, the prevailing winds (which come from the East and are called “Tradewinds” because they brought trade from the mainland) are blowing the smoke away from our direction. We have still not seen any smoke or lava except on television. Keeping our fingers crossed, with concern for the many people who have lost their homes about 75 miles south of us. Some geologists say there could be a significantly larger event in the near future, and this could be of concern to us; however, for now we are just counting our blessings.

“In Gratefulness,”
Sherry and Dave Pettus
Honokaa, HI

HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
U.S. Geological Survey
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 9:41 AM HST (Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 19:41 UTC)

KILAUEA VOLCANO (VNUM #332010)
19°25’16” N 155°17’13” W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Kīlauea Volcano Summit

Ash emission from the Overlook crater within Halemaumau has generally increased this morning compared to previous days. Although varying in intensity, at times the plume contains enough ash to be gray in color. The cloud is rising an estimated 3 to 4,000 feet above the ground, but altitudes are varying with pulses of emission. The ash cloud is drifting generally west and southwest from the Kilauea summit and ashfall is occurring in the Ka’u Desert. Communities downwind are likely to receive ashfall today and should take necessary precautions.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement regarding ashfall, please see: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/

For information on the hazards of volcanic ash and how to prepare your home or business, please see: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/

Earthquake activity in the summit remains elevated with several strongly felt events at HVO today. Most of these earthquakes are related to the ongoing subsidence of the summit area and earthquakes beneath the south flank of the volcano.

For information on volcanic ash, please see: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/

MORE INFORMATION

Activity Summary also available by phone: (808) 967-8862

Subscribe to these messages: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vns2/

Webcam images: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_webcams.html

Photos/Video: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_chronology.html

Lava Flow Maps: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

Definitions of terms used in update: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/extra/definitions.pdf

Overview of Kīlauea summit (Halemaʻumaʻu) and East Rift Zone (Puʻu ʻŌʻō ) eruptions:
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/extra/background.pdf

Summary of volcanic hazards from Kīlauea eruptions:
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/extra/hazards.pdf

Recent Earthquakes in Hawai’i (map and list):
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/earthquakes/

Explanation of Volcano Alert Levels and Aviation Color Codes:
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/alertsystem/index.php
https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2006/3139/

Sondi (Nelson) Pace reports important news about the Massey Foundation that is being formed from the estate funds of our graduate, Jan Massey.

Please know that there is no request for any money! The foundation is to keep alive the dreams and purposes that Jan would want to carry on! There is a hall (Springfield Hall) being built in Limestone County right now with her foundation funds that will open next fall. It will serve the local community for cultural, inspirational, artistic, political, environmental, etc. events that Jan’s dreams would support. It will have a rustic hill county theme and be for the local people to use for art shows, craft shows, speakers, music, and local events. It will have a large main room, kitchen, covered patio, bathrooms, and be on several beautiful acres!

Jan Massey’s niece (and namesake) Jana Raymond has formed this in Jan’s honor with her inheritance and instructions. There is a newsletter of which you can subscribe to on the Foundation’s web page. If you sign up for the newsletter, you will get updates via email on its progress and plans! Check it out.
www.masseyfoundationtx.com

UPDATES

Allan Myers has sold his home in Ohio and has moved to assisted living. He said he absolutely loves it. He gets meals delivered to his room if he wants, he can go to the dining room, and there are all kinds of activities, outings, movie theater and more.

Aren’t these golden years great? I recently landed in the hospital with heart and respiratory failure. The congestive heart failure is progressing and continues to be a little worse and more difficult to return from each hospitalization. I had sinus and ear surgery two weeks ago, and the cardiologist thinks that precipitated the heart and respiratory failure. It doesn’t look like any further surgeries will be possible. I’m too high risk. This time it was a little over a year between hospitalizations.
Kay (Albright) Hofer

After three months of chemo, Jack Martin‘s CT scan revealed several areas of metastasis. The doctors are changing up his drug regimen and will recheck in another 3 months. Please keep Jack in your prayers.

Bob Easter is recovering from gall bladder surgery. I am told he is behaving himself by limiting his activities. To my knowledge he has not been out to the garden to work but I feel certain that is on his list before too long.

Others who need special prayers: Norma (Cissell) Smith, Lynette (Muchow) Baugh, David Peeples, Darrell Gill

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

6 – Erik Spencer
11 – Dorothy (Bryan) McCook
28 – Allan Myers

SHOW AND TELL

Our website guru, Elizabeth Bentley, likes to “play in the mud.” Translated: She is a potter.

Elizabeth has had pieces displayed at the State Fair of Texas (she has a drawerful of ribbons) and also pieces accepted into the juried show sponsored by the Creative Arts Center at the Mary Tomas gallery.

This year, one of Elizabeth’s pieces, “Uncommon Stones” was accepted into ART214, which was a citywide juried exhibition to celebrate art month in April. This was the first year that Dallas hosted this exhibition and there were over 700 entries. Only 192 were chosen for exhibition and displayed at 4 different venues in Dallas: the Bath House Cultural Center, the South Dallas Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, and the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.

Elizabeth’s piece was on display at the Latino Cultural Center from April 12 – May 25. Pictured are her “Uncommon Stones”. Actually, these are not stones at all. They resemble geodes but instead are made of clay, glaze, stains and glass. “Uncommon Stones” is a perfect description for this work of art. Doesn’t it look like the real thing??? Congratulations, Elizabeth!!

To see what else Elizabeth does with the mud, check out her website: http://www.designwiz.com/

Update from Hawaii

Our graduate David Pettus and wife live on the big island of Hawaii. Here is a recent report from Dave (May 6th) regarding his well-being and the recent volcanic activity/earthquakes around his area:

“Aloha Jeanne …
Word is out that the Big Island has had a lot of earthquake activity (124 tremblers today so far) and volcanic eruptions. So… happy to report that all is good where we live. The activity is concentrated about 70 miles south of us. We did feel a couple of the larger shakes, but the intensity here was relatively mild. Not seeing any smoke or lava, except on TV. So far, so good!
Thanks for being in touch. Warm aloha to the classmates.”
In Gratefulness,
Dave

Waco Town Crier – May 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on May 1, 2018.

58th Reunion

Attached is the updated registration form for our 58th reunion. Open the attachment, print the form, and mail to Malissa. Only 5 months away–October will be here before you know it. Be sure to let Malissa know how many people will be in attendance for each function.

For Hotel Reservations
HILTON WACO: 254-754-8484 The Hilton wants ‘explicit’ information so all of this must be given in order to receive the special rates:
Use the local Waco Hilton phone number (254 754-848) and not the 855 reservation number.
Tell the reservation people you want a room under Martha Tim Latta, WHS Class of 60, confirmation number #3429451071
Be sure to modify payment to your very own credit card number, making certain it reflects the credit card number of the individual using the room.
Group Rate cutoff date: September 24

HOTEL INDIGO WACO-BAYLOR: 254-754-7000 Click Here to make reservations for WHS Class of 60
or call the Indigo (254-754-7000)and give this information
code: WHS Class of 60.
Per: Wendy (Sales)
Group Rate cutoff date: September 18

Schedule for the Reunion

Tuesday Evening: The Phoenix Ballroom, 5:30 to 11:00 PM
6 PM to 8 PM heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, tea and coffee, cash bar

Wednesday morning: The Phoenix Ballroom, 9 to 11 AM
9 AM Coffee/tea, 9:30 to 11: AM Hot Breakfast/Brunch Buffet

Wednesday all afternoon in the Phoenix Ballroom: – visit with friends, renew acquaintances and “hang out” -coffee and tea available

Wednesday Evening: The Phoenix Ballroom, 5:30 to 11:00 PM
6 to 8 PM Dinner Buffet, tea and coffee, cash bar– then afterwards stay and visit until time to say “So Long” until we meet again.

From Our Graduates

“Speaking of Chip and Joanna Gaines, my Grandparents’ home premiered on March 20 “Pakistan Comes to Waco“– you can watch it on HGTV Fixer Upper. The farm and original house was built by the McLennan Family in 1880. It was enlarged and the farm was featured in a farm and home magazine after my grandfather bought it. It was the first to have electricity and my grandfather owned the first car dealership in McGregor. The house was in our family for 100 years and our family is so excited it has a chance to be loved as we loved it for the next hundred years. I have been invited for a tour with some of my cousins soon. My Dad was born in this house in 1916 and I lived in it on 2 different periods in my early childhood.”
– Gwen (Ewing) Hodges

“I enjoyed hearing about Malissa’s (Starnes) Baugh granddaughter, Marlie. I watched a couple of videos about her on youtube.com. Also found a special video on Malissa and hubby. Very nice.”
Tommie Ruth (Blair) Toler

“Nothing new here in Nebraska—we are hoping Spring arrives soon, but since snow is forecast for Easter Sunday, I’m not sure when that happens. I continue to search out antiques and collectibles for my ever-so-small antique business, and love the hunt. My main focus centers on antique dolls, but I love other antiques/collectible/vintage items also. Wishing all a blessed Easter.”
Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff

Updates

Bob Easter recently had gallbladder surgery after a week of some pretty rough attacks. He is currently at home recuperating. For those of you who have had gallbladder attacks, you know how painful it can be. Get well soon, Bob, but do not go back to work in the garden too quickly. Remember, our bodies do not mend as quickly as when we were younger.

May Birthdays

2- Terrell Reagan
5- Carol Leskin Allen
11- Carol Adams Scarborough
13- Tom Kittlitz
14- Tom Chambless
15- Darrell Gill
23- Janene Loftis Jett
26- Kay Albright Hofer

Show and Tell

Tim (Lasseter) Latta’s talent is that of Designer.

Tim said fwhen she was about 10 years old, she started drawing house plans and decided at an early age that she wanted to be an architect. Because of that, when she was in WHS she signed up for mechanical drawing and was the only girl in the class. She said she did not have the math aptitude for architecture so at the guidance of her father, she received a BBA in Human Resources.

In the beginning, Tim had several career changes but while living in Dallas, she and her hubby had the opportunity to purchase several rental properties. She took on the task of remodeling these properties. That just whet her appetite and after several years of much extra education in the field of design, she qualified for membership in the American Society of Interior Designers.

Tim has been perfecting her talent and been in business since 1988. She said she has clients who became friends and friends who became clients. Most of her expertise is in residential (specializing in kitchen and bathroom designs as well as the maximization of small spaces); however, she is currently designing a restaurant in Denton, Texas. Tim has won different awards, has been published in magazines, and always seeks the best in contractors, workroom, and vendors for her clients. She said one of these days she might retire but because of her love and enjoyment of what she does, retirement is not yet on her drawing board.
Take a look at her website: www.tldesigngroup.com Very pretty indeed!

I could surely use some work and remodeling in my home….I wonder if she gives a special rate to her friends? Haha.

Here are some examples of Tim’s talents:

Pictures

In the January issue of the Town Crier, a picture was posted of several of us at a dance—Fishpond or someplace where we used to dance. There was a fellow standing over to the right of the picture looking at the dancers on the dance floor. That fellow was Chris Ruebeck Wonder if he was thinking about “cutting in” on someone? Remember those days of cutting in? He does look as though he is in thought as to whether or not he should make the move. Okay, Chris…..what were you thinking? That was only about 60 years ago—surely you can remember! Haha.

Also Identified: This girl has been identified as Ellen Conaway. She was in the class picture at North Junior High School (featured in January issue of Crier)

Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler ran across her WHS class ring and had it repaired. How many of you are still in possession of your class ring?
Pat Payne is at it again! As you know, Pat and Patty (his wife) live in Naples, Florida at Wyndemere, a golfing community. Naples happens to be the Pickleball Capital of America and recently hosted the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships. Over 2,000 competitors from 47 states and 17 countries flocked to Naples to vie for titles. Pat Payne and his partner, Chip Bachman also from Wyndemere, won first place (Gold Medal) in the 75+ (3.0 skill level) age bracket and the Silver Medal in the 75+ age open. Two others from the Wyndemere community won the gold in the 65+ (3.5 skill level) age bracket.

What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.

Pictured left are the Wyndemere winners—L-r Chip Bachman (whose grandfather was head football coach for A&M in 1904), Pat Payne, Scoot Dimon and Jerry Sloan. You just don’t find Pat too far away from A&M connections! This is what I call “enjoying retirement”—and Congratulations!

Waco Town Crier – April 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on April 1, 2018.

Hot Off the Press

Stan Lennard’s book, Nerve Endings of the Soul: Interaction Between the Mind of God and the Mind of Man through Neural Synaptic Networks, has now been published by Westbow Press.

It is now listed on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. More information is available on Stan’s website.

(A few comments from Stan regarding his book):
“I caution the reader that I address how quantum mechanics, quantum wave theory and information theory apply to the topic I consider, especially in the last couple of chapters. It shows how properly interpreted Scripture and scientific data are in concordance with a consistent relationship and presents a cumulative case for the reality of bidirectional interaction between the Holy Spirit, the living Jesus Christ, and the human mind/soul through a repentant human spirit.”

Nerve Endings of the Soul | E. Stan Lennard, M.D., Sc.D.
Nerve Endings of the Soul confirms that the Holy Spirit communicates with the mind of Man by dualist interaction fulfilling the promise in John 14:15-21.

From Our Graduates

From Linda (Shelby) Lyons, regarding Karon (Shinault) Jackson’s quilts:
“Karon, you are so talented! The quilts are beautiful. I would never try something so difficult, as I know I would never finish it. Whomever you give them to are truly fortunate.”

From Mary Ann (Shilling) Watt: !!!!!
“I had the wires of my brand new Toyota chewed up and cost $1000 to fix. Talking to folks at the luncheon I found others had similar problems. A friend of mine sent me this article and I would like you to forward it in case it would help others.”

Updates

Annita (Incardona) Henson was recently in the hospital with a severe case of diverticulitis. At first she thought it was a stomach bug because so much illness/flu had been going around New York. However, when things worsened, she went to her GI doctor who sent her directly to the hospital. She was on a constant IV drip and saline solution for the duration of the hospital stay. She reports that she was glad to get home and is now feeling better. She mentioned it on Facebook, heard from many graduates, and wants to thank all who wrote to wish her well. It always does our hearts good to know that others care and are thinking of us when we get down with illness or heartache.

Malissa (Starnes) Baugh’s granddaughter, Marlie Ruth, won the Mutton Buster at the Houston Rodeo this year. Click here to  read Marlie Ruth’s interview. I understand it has gone viral. This is the same little granddaughter who had the brain tumor and the one who we all prayed for so earnestly when she was first born. Marlie grew up…..is cancer free so far….and is making quite a name for herself. Marlie Ruth said in order to win the mutton buster, she just “hung on really tight.” Maybe that is what we all need to do as we get older and have different issues….”just hang on really tight”.

April Birthdays

1 – Ed Gatlin
6 – Nancy (Guggolz) Rogers and Pam (Wilson) McCamish
21 – Barton Zachary

Show and Tell

Featured this month is Janell (Buida) Bolton. Jeanell is an author who has published two books with the third one coming out sometime this year.
Janelle reports:
“I’m doing the same things I’ve always done–art, languages, and writing, writing, writing. Both of these books have central Texas settings, and readers will notice a good bit of Waco in them, although it’s intermixed with Georgetown, Temple, and every other small Texas town I’ve ever taught in or driven through. I write romances, which means my main characters have happy endings, but first, they have to walk through the fire. My stories are steamy, but I can assure you that, despite the covers (which my NY editor chose), none of my Texas characters ever fool around on the ground. (Yankees don’t understand about chiggers.)
“My third book should be coming out this year, and I have a couple more manuscripts languishing in my files that I want to bring up to date (translation: add in technology) and self-publish over the next couple of years. Then there are the short stories and poems I’ve always meant to do something with. My father had the idea that at a certain age, one should ‘sit back and smell the roses,’ but that just doesn’t seem to be my nature.”

(Steamy romance and dark secrets) – Preacher’s daughter Laurel Harlow doesn’t want the bad boy who made god to know that she, who used to be Bosque Bend’s favorite daughter, is now the town pariah–and why.
Published: September 2014
Moira Farrar has survived the worst that Hollywood to had to offer. And now she’s come to Bosque Bend to make a fresh start as the director of the Texas towns civic theater. She knows that rancher Rafe McAllister, the Chairman of the Board, has a more personal interest in her, but would he feel the same way if he knew what she had left behind?
Published: November 2015

Pictures

I was looking through some old pictures and ran across this one. It is of a graduate of ours taken about 20 years ago on the grounds of the Biltmore in North Carolina.

Anyone recognize this young chickie-pooh? It is our very own Kay (Phillips) Sparks.

Waco Town Crier – March 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on March 1, 2018.

Important Message from Tim (Lasseter) Latta

Please join your classmates October 16th and 17th, 2018 in Waco for our 58th reunion.

Dinners and brunch will be held at The Phoenix Ballroom and will be catered again by Danny Vickers of TCP Catering. There will be a cash bar.

We have blocked some rooms at the Hilton Hotel and The Hotel Indigo. Please use the code “WHS Class of 60” when making your reservation. There are several other choices of accommodations close to The Phoenix Ballroom should you prefer a motel.

The Magnolia Complex (Fixer Upper on HGTV) is very near our reunion location. We are open to suggestions about other excursions in which you may be interested.

Please let Tim (Lasseter) Latta know right away if you’d like to play golf. We will arrange a fun golf outing. The green fees will be in addition to the cost of the reunion and will be handled separately from reunion registration.

A registration form is attached. We are all looking forward to yet another fun time with great friends. WHS Class of 60 is the best!!!

From Our Graduates

From Bob EasterFew people know that the Waco Jaycees owned those decorations and held the Christmas Parade each year with Santa Claus riding on a float the Jaycees built. I, as the chairperson for the Parade and arranged for all floats, bands, etc, etc to be in the parade. The Waco Tribune Herald would write a story about the parade being late to start each year. Jim Hawkins, a Jaycee Officer, instructed me to start the Parade on time, period. I did and the President of the Jaycees was late and he was hopping mad because he was supposed to be riding on the Santa Float too. Thousands of adults and small children would line the streets from 18th and Austin Ave to the City Hall. Jaycees would have to walk beside the Santa float and physically move small children out of the way. They were spell bound and wanted to see Santa. Rita and her husband Ed helped build the float. It was so much FUN.

From Pat PayneJeanne, it is just not possible to thank you enough for the Town Crier and this first 2018 edition knocked my socks off!! It is so interesting to learn what our classmates are doing, how accomplished they are and how much we care for one another. Loving that latest addition of what Patty and I refer to as the Waco Prayer List. And putting a link in to our website where we can read and see even more is a terrific idea. Elizabeth Bentley deserves a ton of recognition for this work with the links to old songs, added pictures, etc. Finally the Stan Lennard article was impressive. WOW, what an artist! Please ask Stan to let us know when his book has been published, going to be a best seller for WHS 60!

From Tommye Ruth (Blair) TolerBest wishes to all who have undergone or are to undergo surgery and those having any medical issues. It’s becoming all too common for our class because of our ages.

From Norma (Cissell) Smith and Wayne Smith – We hope and pray that everyone will feel better soon and be on the road to recovery. Love to all of you graduates.

Updates

David Walsworth regarding his knee surgery – Surgery was fine and I am now in the recovery and rehab phase, which takes several months. I finished the home health care part and start outpatient Physical Therapy February 1.

Jack Martin is back in Waco and started his chemo treatments on Feb.19th. We pray he will be able to tolerate the chemo and that it can do magic on killing the tumor. Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers.

Bob Easter has been suffering with walking pneumonia.

Jenny (Easter) Miles is currently in hospice care in an Austin Rest Home. Bob Easter would like to ask her friends to write a note or email him. He will take them to Jenny and read them to her. The sooner, the better as she has multiple health issues including Alzheimer’s. She is in the stage of remembering some names and earlier memories.

Tim (Lasseter) Latta had shoulder replacement on Feb 5th. She is recuperating at home.

Gary Roberts’s wife, Donna, has suffered a bad stroke.

Gayla (Miller) Webb has been in Katy recovering from neck surgery.

Bob Easter’s brother, Wilton Russell Easter Sr, age 94 passed away January 5, 2018 at the Temple VA Hospital. Wilton was a decorated World War II veteran who at age 18 went to war. He suffered two serious battle wounds with month long hospital stays. The Army sent him back for the third time because they had so many causalities. The third time he was wounded he was sent home and discharged. Wilton loved golf and set a Country Club record in Waco on his 70th birthday. He shot a 63 on 18 holes. Wilton is buried at the Military Cemetery in Killeen beside his wife, Ruby Powell Easter. Bob was lucky enough to spend time with him over the last nine months recording Wilton’s childhood memories and researching his military records including finding photos of the actual ship he was on for 30 days before he went into the worst battles of World War II. Bob and his brother, Bill Easter, are the last remaining children of eight.

March Birthdays

1 Karon (Shinault) Jackson (our youngest graduate)
3 Phyllis Brooks
7 Glenn Hurta
8 Lynette (Muchow) Baugh
11 Charles Ray Miles
16 Jeannie Dickerson
17 Jane (Berry) Neece
19 David Dibb
23 Mickey (Lade) Perkins
26 Sandra (Wooten) Overholser
28 Douglas Crook
31 Malachi Kelly, Stan Lennard

Show and Tell – Karon (Shinault) Jackson

Our first “Show and Tell” segment is in this month’s Town Crier. I have known that Karon Shinault Jackson makes beautiful quilts so I asked her to send me a picture or two. She was sweet enough to oblige me. You will be blown away at the work she does. I hope everyone will enjoy her talent as much as I do.
Karon (Shinault) Jackson is a very dedicated quilter who does absolutely beautiful work! The first picture is of her creation “Learning Curves”. She said it is the hardest quilt she has ever made. It was impossible to obtain a picture of the whole quilt but below is as much as could be shown. Keep in mind these are little pieces of different fabrics that have been cut up and sewn back together–then quilted into these magnificent creations. In addition to talent, this takes patience, precision, determination, and time. Plenty of time … hours and hours!! Yep … we have talent in our class, folks!
Thank you so much, Karon, for sharing these beauties and your comments with us. What a joy to behold!


“Learning Curves” is made from a Jacqueline DeJonge pattern. It is 51”x 51” using batik fabrics and paper pieced from a master sheet. The pattern had to be traced in sections by hand to make it a mirror image of the original pattern. It took a couple of months to make the quilt and I did not count the pieces as I sewed them together, but there are a lot. Fabric is very expensive in the Netherlands where Jacqueline is from and quilters there strive to use every small piece of material. The most important thing about “Learning Curves” is that I learned how to precisely piece the points on the stars. That led to the next quilt.

 “Tierne’s Bali Wedding Star” shows the results of my learning how to sew the star points precisely. This pattern was designed by Judy Neimeyer and purchased as a kit, but I added the flying geese and altered some colors. I also enlarged it to 120″x120″. It was paper pieced and sewn with batik fabrics. Those star points are one of the reasons that this quilt was best of show at one local quilt show and took first place in the traditional quilt division in another local show. The other reason, in my opinion, was the quilting done by Molly Culp who is a gifted quilter. The quilt is a gift for my granddaughter, Tierne Lian Blanton, who is shown standing in front of it at the Bryan quilt show. She will marry in October.
I’ve only enter three quilts in shows and have been fortunate to come home with ribbons for each of them.

Share Your Talent

Please, if you are an artist, quilter, rug-hooker, wood craftsman, sculptor, decorator, stained-glass artist, photographer, whatever … please send Jeanne Harman a picture or two and a little information about your creative talent. Share with all of us!

Bob Easter grows beautiful veggies. Richard Quick is a photographer. Mickey Lade Perkins is an artist. Janice Player Howell is an artist. Tim (Lasseter) Latta and Anita (Incardona) Henson are designers and decorators. Aubrey Stringer has a sawmill.

So … show and tell: What is your talent?

Pictures

Wayne and Gwen (Ewing) Hodges
Scotland trip Jan 1-16, 2018
We cruised from NY on Queen Mary 2 on Jan 3. Arrived in South Hampton Jan 10, rode train to Edinburgh, flew back to London Jan 13, flew home on Jan 16. Saw all of UK from ships, trains, private cars, tour buses, cabs and public transportation! And most of all, in spite of history breaking blizzard on our East Coast – we had near perfect weather and only a 6 hour delay on ship leaving NY! Came back to Austin shut down due to ice storm, but we suffered no delays! God is Good! It was trip of a lifetime.

Waco Town Crier – February 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on
January 28, 2018.

Thank everyone so much for responding to the prayer requests for Jack Martin. Many graduates have contacted both Jack and me. Those sent to me, I edited and forwarded to Jack. Jack said it is heartwarming to have heard from so many and he is going to make a folder on everything.

Please keep Jack on the top of your prayer requests. It turns out that doctors were unable to do the Whipple on Jack due to the fact that there was a spot on his liver. The Dallas doctor recommends chemo treatment for Jack’s health issue. An explanation of the Whipple surgery is explained in the Medical Corner section of this publication. We have not had many new procedures for our Medical Corner lately so I felt this was a good time to explain the Whipple.

We have such a caring class of graduates! Many of us are ill, will be having procedures or new body parts, and many of us are experiencing overall pain from previous procedures and ailments. After all, we are either 75-76 years old and like old cars, need tune-ups and new parts when the old ones play out. Unfortunately, we cannot go out and purchase a “whole new body-person” for ourselves…(oh, wouldn’t that be nice).

Also, please pray for others who have faced or will be facing health issues or surgeries: Allan Myers, David McPhail, David Peeples, Jeanne Holland Harman, Norma Cissell Smith, Gayla Miller Webb, Kay Phillips Sparks, Phyllis Brooks, Ken Baker, Jeannie Dickerson, Robert (Little Red) Wilson, Randy Turner, Terrell Reagan, David Walsworth, Scott Horne, Mickey Lade Perkins, Gene Carson, Nancy Lehman Kehl, Glenn Hurta, Linda Phelps McKee, Kay Albright Hofer, Tim Lasseter Latta, and so many others of whom I may not be aware or have perhaps overlooked. It is so comforting to know others are thinking of us and praying for us when we are not feeling our 100%. Our class is so caring! All thoughts and prayers that our graduates extend are so appreciated by everyone with health issues. WHS 1960 is JUST THE BEST.

From Our Graduates

From Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff
I received the (January) update and was so pleased to catch up.

Greetings to Phyllis Brooks—and thanks for the memory of my grandmother’s piano students. Bill and Phyllis were especially talented, as were Sharon and Noah—and I remember recitals with them. I also remember our ‘Saturday classes’ held at my Grandmother’s home—just across the street from Sanger Avenue Elementary. I still have some of the teaching tools she used—please don’t ask me why I have kept them–just a memory of an earlier time I guess when life was simple.

We are freezing in Nebraska—-it has been below zero for the last 4 or 5 mornings—and we haven’t ventured out except to feed our birds. Today (Jan. 2) will warm up to 20, and we can’t wait for the balmy weather. We have snow on the ground, but I am already ready for Spring—first time we have had this extreme cold in several years.

Happy New Year to all….hope we all enjoy a blessed New Year!

From John Ferguson
It’s freezing (literally) in Galveston. We here don’t know how to deal with such a strange phenomenon.

Updates

Barton Zachry and his wife Carolyn have moved to Waco. They are in Independent/assisted living on Lake Shore Drive. Welcome to Waco, Barton and Carolyn! We expect to see you at the quarterly luncheons now.

David H. Walsworth
After 75 years, my old knee has finally given up the ghost, so I am having knee joint replacement surgery January 9. Hopefully I will be much more mobile after that!

Tim (Lasster) Latta will be having shoulder/rotator cuff surgery the first part of February.

Gayla (Miller) Webb recently had neck surgery.

Jack Martin – battling pancreatic cancer.

Medical Corner: The “Whipple” Procedure for Pancreatic Surgery

For some pancreatic patients, a complex surgery known as the Whipple procedure may extend life and could be a potential cure.

The classic Whipple procedure is named after Allen Whipple, MD, a Columbia University surgeon who was the first American to perform the operation in 1935. Also known as pancreaticoduodenectomy, the Whipple procedure involves removal of the “head” (wide part) of the pancreas next to the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). It also involves removal of the duodenum, a portion of the common bile duct, gallbladder, and sometimes part of the stomach. Afterward, surgeons reconnect the remaining intestine, bile duct, and pancreas.

Only about 20% of pancreatic cancer patients are eligible for the Whipple procedure and other surgeries. These are usually patients whose tumors are confined to the head of the pancreas and haven’t spread into any nearby major blood vessels, the liver, lungs, or abdominal cavity. Intensive testing is usually necessary to identify possible candidates for the Whipple procedure.

Some patients may be eligible for a minimally invasive (laparoscopic) Whipple procedure, which is performed through several small incisions instead of a single large incision. Compared to the classic procedure, the laparoscopic procedure may result in less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery, and fewer complications.

Who Should Perform the Whipple Procedure?

The Whipple procedure can take several hours to perform and requires great surgical skill and experience. The area around the pancreas is complex and surgeons often encounter patients who have a variation in the arrangement of blood vessels and ducts.

Because the Whipple procedure continues to be one of the most demanding and risky operations for surgeons and patients, the American Cancer Society says it’s best to have the procedure done at a hospital that performs at least 15 to 20 pancreas surgeries per year. The organization also recommends choosing a surgeon who does many such operations.

Pictures

Our Website Guru, Elizabeth Bentley, took a cruise to Hawaii. I asked her to send me a picture or two for the Town Crier. She did….but they were not the pictures that I expected to receive and certainly not the ones she expected to send.

This first picture was actually on the ship. On the third cruise day, I stepped awkwardly … not realizing that my leg was partially asleep … and POP! My fibula cracked. The ship’s doctor fixed me up with this “moon boot”.

After returning to Dallas, I saw a ortho Doc last Friday. He put me in this more fashionable boot that I can actually walk on. Probably another month in this one, assuming that everything heals properly.
Your awkward friend …
Elizabeth

 

Regarding North Junior Class Picture
Judith (Hamff) Murphy sent in the signatures from the back of the picture below; however, there are still 2 who cannot be identified. These are the ones we think we know:

3rd row, l-r:
L.O. Rutherford, Al Ctvrtlik, Guy(Mickey)Collins, John Justice, John Anderson, Joe Ratcliff, Stanley Parsons, Carl Moffett, Larry Thomas, David Herbert, Gene Carson
2nd row:
Don Matkin, Mickey Lavy, Edgar Gatlin, Babs Wester, Sharon Barbee, Sue Welborn, Wanda Sue Mahoney ? Judith Hamff ? Jane Rogers
1st row:
Betty Craig, Rosalyn Hughes, Delind Kirkpatrick, Sandy Urich, Paulette Todar, Carey Ann Smith, Lana Neel, Kay Phillips, Robert (Little Red) Wilson

Judith (Hamff) Murphy also furnished us with the photo below. She said most likely it was Miss Hubbard’s class—an 8th grade endeavor of using several classes. Productions were held in the evenings in the school auditorium. In this particular picture, Judith said her cousin, Guy Collins, was in the lead with Judith having a strong secondary role. Judith’s whole family came—-aunts, uncles, and her Grandmother Autrey who made the rear end of the dragon costume that a couple of the students wore.

Pictured, l-r: David McPhail, Donna Hay, Anitra Harrell, Guy Collins, Sandy Urich, Bobby Cathy, Jane Hatchell (moved before WHS), Bill Alexander, Judith Hamff, Sharon Marsh, Susan Stringer, Scott Horne. Nancy Guggolz was the dragon on the floor in front.


Here are some pictures of cute Linda Sue (Shelby) Lyons and her grandsons at Christmas.Linda looks like a little “grade-schooler” compared to these big ‘ole boys.
We all need to learn Linda’s secret of looking so young!!!

A Bit of News from Stan Lennard

I recently asked Stan Lennard for some pictures to share with us in the Town Crier. Wow! To my surprise I was given the MOST WONDERFUL TREAT and am thrilled to share it with all of you. Our good friend and classmate is still busy doing what he loves! Stan is a man of many talents…(not to mention he was ranked #1 in our class of 424 graduates). Smart, talented, and still nice-looking!!

First is a picture of Stan in his “research” position. Second is a picture of Stan with his wife, Judy, as they were celebrating a recent wedding anniversary in one of their favorite restaurants on a lake.

Lastly, are pictures of some of Stan’s works of art. WOW! What talent!!! I never knew that Stan was an artist! Of course, when Stan mentioned that he liked to paint for a hobby, I asked many questions. I wanted to know how he became interested in painting, what were his inspirations, had he ever taken any art classes, and would he please share some of his art with us.

Thank you so much for uncovering this part of your life, Stan. I am sure many of our graduates will be as impressed as I am.

Here are Stan’s answers to my questions:
I have done research over an 18 year period during my retirement. The research has resulted in a number of articles on the web and now a book that is in the production phase. When all this work is done, I’ll return to my art hobby and create some works in oils, pen and ink and charcoal. I haven’t done that for quite some time, and I’m missing it. Got to get back to it while I can still SEE!

I’ve drawn all my life and am self-taught in charcoal, pen and ink and more recently in oils, which I prefer over acrylics. I watched my father make meter faces using India ink and very fine tipped pens which he dipped in the ink. I learned to use pen and ink in this manner. My technique is representational and realistic, so detail is included.

I have only done my artwork for my family and what appeals to and is significant for me. I have considered selling my artwork, but I learned from a good friend who managed a nice art studio that if you sell your work, you have to do the work to sell, not for yourself. It is therefore hard for me to place my work up for sale under this circumstance. So, it’s a hobby for me, and I look forward to picking up on it again after my writing is concluded.

The Dog – a charcoal pencil image I drew of a trail dog I knew in Vietnam. I don’t know his name. He was a member of the Recon Platoon in our battalion and visited me twice on firebases I was on. Pat Payne was the leader of the Recon Platoon in his battalion, so he understands the role such a dog played in the “bush.”


The Landscape – an oil of a footbridge in the Arboretum near the University of Washington campus. It preserves all the natural flora of the PacNW.
Now, are all of you as impressed as I was with Stan’s talent????
What is your talent? Share it with us. We can always have a “show and tell” section of the Town Crier.

4- Al Ctvrtlik
5. Russ Keeling
10- Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler
16- Kay (Phillips) Sparks
18- Norma (Cissell) Smith
25- Jeanne (Holland) Harman
27- David Peeples