Quarterly Luncheon – September 2018

The quarterly WHS Class of 1960 luncheon will be on Thursday, September 13th at 11:30 am.  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 – August 2018

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

Upcoming Reunion

I sincerely hope you will plan to come to the reunion. We are getting older every day and cannot be sure we will have the chance to visit with graduates again. The event is only about 2 months away. Get on board and register. Here’s the registration form. Malissa awaits!

Please help if you have any information on these graduates:
Contact: Bob Easter or Malissa (Starnes) Baugh

Grover & Sandra Rogers
Linda Ann Bailey Embry
Marian Lee Barnes Carson
Donald Allen Cook
Linda Marie Davis Rachui
Carole Fisher Clingman
M. Louann Hanna Lund
Bobby Hurst
Malachi J. Kelley
Anna Louise Logan
C. Tom Lowrey
Gerry Anne Parke Markham
Maxcine Reppold Moss
Mary Ann Scott Honea
Doris Virginia Thrasher Gamboa
Douglas Harris
Leland Howard
Mary Pact Hogan
Ellen Conway Buckner
Guy Mitchell Collins, Jr
David Haferkamp-
Linda Lord Gentry
Linda Davis Rachui
Zeda Cosper Hopkins
Eugene Gaisser
John Danzeiser

Early Birds who have already registered:

Ken and Scoot Baker
Lynette (Muchow) and Jarod Baugh
Malissa (Starnes) and Rex Baugh
Louann Hilton Brady
Rita (Coates) and Ed Burnett
Gene and JoAnn Carson
James and Gia Coone
Howard Dudgeon
Bob and Carolyn Easter
Janice Massengale Foster
(Tuesday and Wednesday evenings)
Betty Luedeker Gatlin
Jeanne Holland Harman
Anitra Harrell Henrion
(Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
Kay Albright Hofer
Karon Shinault Jackson
(Brunch only)
George and Glenda Karahal
Charlotte Suttle Kleibrink
Cathey White Land
(Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
Tim Lasseter Latta
Mickey and Melody Lavy
(Wednesday Brunch and evening only)
Pat and Carol Malone
Bill and Jeanette Markum
Dorothy Bryan McCook
Linda (Phelps) and James McKee
Mary Beth (Cash) and Don McMahon
David and Janie McPhail
Jim Monnig
(Wednesday Brunch and evening only)
John (Moon) Mullen and Guest
Judith Hamff Murphy
Sandra (Wooten) and Don Overholser
David Peeples
Gary and Donna Roberts
(Donna Brunch only)
Terrell Reagan
(Wednesday evening only)
David and Lesley Rosen
(Tuesday evening only)
Christian Ruebeck
Norma (Cissell) and Wayne Smith
Rod and Cheri Sommer
Kay (Phillips) and Ralph Sparks
Carolyn Taylor (Rayburn)
Tommie Ruth (Blair) Toler
Vince and Betty Tusa
Nena (Hunt) and Bob Wallace
Mary Ann (Shilling) Watt
(Brunch only)
Bev Murphy Wells
Robert (Little Red) Wilson
SuEllen (Golden) and John Wilson
(Wednesday evening only)

From Our Graduates

Last month, Mickey Lavy asked: “Why is there air?”
Answer: In 1965 Bill Cosby (not yet on TV) proclaimed that, There’s air to blow up volley balls, there’s air to blow up basketballs.”

**Side note from the editor: “Hmmm- my guess would have been: So the politicians could speak– since they all seem to be full of nothing but hot air.”


Bob Easter fell on Thursday afternoon July 12th, hit his head, had a concussion, and eventually had to get a pacemaker. Here is his account of the incident:
“After falling and not having any knowledge of the fall, I stayed in ER for 18 hours, lots of tests for bleeding brain and then decision to install pacemaker to prevent future falls. Saturday morning, July 14, Dr. David Kessler installed a pacemaker. Went home Saturday afternoon. Felt drained emotionally and physically. Not ready to go dancing if you know what I mean. The only issue is my head where I fell. It is still tender and has a raised area. That will go down soon. Carolyn is telling everyone ‘See I told you he was hardheaded.’

“I am taking it easy and plan to watch the recovery time carefully. I also know the emotional part of the head injury will resolve, as little things seem to bother me.

“Now, go tell someone you love them, not at a glance but look them in the eyes and say it slowly. We all need tender loving care. Thank you for your love and concern.”

August Birthdays

3- Angie (Plemons) Lehman
4- LouAnn (Hilton) Brady
9- Mary Frances Rodriquez
19- Dill Bailey
21- Charlotte (Suttle) Kleibrink
22- Pat (McGlaughn) Dooley
27- Bonnie (Burson) Chapman
29- Aubrey Stringer

Show and Tell – Sondi (Nelson) Pace

I began playing the violin in 1950 when we still lived in Kansas. Upon moving to Waco in 1952, I continued lessons and training, and was fortunate to play regularly at Austin Avenue Methodist Church and 2nd chair with the Waco Symphony during my teenage years. After taking a bit of time off during college and child-bearing years, I began playing again with our church orchestra, First Baptist of Richardson, and continued for 30 years. We were blessed with the opportunity to present The Easter Story to the community for all this time, to play at the Myers Concert Hall in Dallas, and to tour Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1990 playing concerts.

When we moved to Fairview (near McKinney), I was privileged to play with their church orchestra for many years. Following that, I played with the Dallas Praise Orchestra all around the Metroplex area. My involvement now is mainly “fiddling” with the tiny country church near our lake cabin in Oklahoma.

Other highlights of my life have been the opportunity of working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 24 years, serving in the Dallas, Regional and State offices, doing event planning for hundreds of athletes, supporters and staff, and serving on their National Board of Directors. I was also wedding coordinator for our church for several years, was involved in Camp Fire for over 50 years, working with kids and including service on the Local and National Boards of Directors.

We are the proud parents of two lovely daughters and four grandchildren … the oldest two grandsons are married and living in Nashville and NW Arkansas. Our granddaughter is married to an Irving police officer and teaching 4th grade in Mansfield. Youngest grandson is attending SFA in Nacogdoches and playing baseball.

Ray (class of ’59) and I have been blessed beyond belief … have travelled extensively and, on August 18, will celebrate 56 years of adventure! (58 years if you count the two years we dated and were engaged.)

Would love to list all of the Waco friends from the classes of ’59, ’60 and ’61 who meant so much to us, but am sure I would leave someone out. So to all of you: thanks for the memories and God bless!


What a difference 70 years makes. Below is a picture of 1st grade – Ms. Bailey’s room- at Dean-Highland Elementary. Aubrey Stringer and Linda Shelby started first grade together in 1948. Aubrey is 4th from the left on the top row. Linda is 3rd from the left on the middle row.

(Can you recognize any of the others? Hint: Marvin Schutza, Vic Anderson, Rayburn Taylor, Poppy Early, Susan Stringer, Melissa Snell, Bobby Willingham, Malissa Starnes, Sharon McCarthy, Crozier Brown)

This new picture was taken a few days ago on July 29, 2018 — some 70 years later. Aubrey and Linda have not changed very much in all those years, have they?

“Make new friends but keep the old…
One is silver, the other is gold.”

Special Edition – Remembering Jack Martin

As Jack and I used to say- “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”  Well, Life surely interrupted our plans!!

After 4 years of dating long-distance from San Antonio to Waco, Jack had only moved back to Waco 4 months before he got sick. Much of that time was spent unpacking. Any of you who have downsized know how time consuming and exhausting that chore is. Jack moved from a home that he had lived in for 40 years so you can just imagine the work that it took to get the job accomplished.

Jack moved to Waco on August 11, 2017. On December 10, 2017, he had his first symptoms that anything was wrong when he experienced what the doctor thought was reflux. Jack found out on January 2, 2018, that he had pancreatic cancer. Everything Jack did to fight this terrible tumor seemed to fail. He was unable to have the Whipple surgery due to the fact that the cancer had spread to his liver. All chemo treatments that he tried were unsuccessful. He eventually lost his battle with this horrible disease on July 7th, 2018. I never heard Jack complain about his situation….he would only say he was tired and that his back hurt. He explained to me that the cancer was taking all the nutrients from his body.

There have been so many comments from our graduates that I am doing a special edition of Remembering Jack. I have cried buckets and I am going to miss him so very much. Thank you all for your many consoling cards and comments to me. It really helps to know others are thinking of you during times like this. Also, thank all of you who came to the Memorial Service in Waco and to the graveside in San Antonio to show your respects for Jack. I was truly blessed to have known Jack and to have gotten reconnected with him back in 2013. He was an incredible man and he leaves such a positive impact upon my life.

Jack’s family put together a wonderful slideshow that was presented during the luncheon that followed the Waco Memorial service. The link is below. It gives a little insight to Jack’s wonderful life. As one of Jack’s friends said, “Heaven will receive no finer Christian than Jack.” Truer words were never spoken.

Click HERE to view a slideshow that commemorates Jack’s life.

To read comments from our graduates, please click on the blurb button at the top of this post.

— Jeanne Harmon

Picture of Jack with some of his running buddies at our 2015 reunion: (l-r) Allan Myers, Hugh Wilfong, Jack Martin, Pat Payne, Hal Johnson


Jack Martin – July 7, 2018

Fellow Graduates:

Jack was truly a wonderful man, a Godly man, a very private and quiet man, and a very intelligent man. It always hurts me to post the death and obit of a graduate. This report is especially painful because I was so close to the situation.

Two services are being held for Jack: A Memorial service in Waco and a Graveside service in San Antonio. Individuals may attend either or both services– it is up to you and where you live or what your heart wants to do. Porter Loring Mortuary of San Antonio is handling things.

In Waco: Memorial Service is on July 13th, at 11:00 a.m. at St Paul Lutheran Church in Bellmead- (1301 Hogan Lane, Waco TX)

In San Antonio: Graveside service and Burial is on Monday, July 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Mission Burial Park North in San Antonio.
LOCATION: I-10 west at exit 552
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA

Waco Town Crier – July 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on June 27, 2018.


The Waco High Class of 1960 58th Reunion Registration Form is attached. Please print, fill out and return to Malissa (Starnes) Baugh. Only 3 more months until we meet again. Time marches on ….and it seems to be marching very quickly!

Help Us Find …

These folks are missing. Please let us know if you know anything about their whereabouts:
Contact: Bob Easter or Malissa (Starnes) Baugh
Linda Ann (Bailey) Embry
Marian Lee (Barnes) Carson
Donald Allen Cook
Linda Marie (Davis) Rachui
Carole (Fisher) Clingman
M. Louann (Hanna) Lund
Bobby Hurst
Malachi J. Kelley
Ronald Koen
Anna Louise Logan
C. Tom Lowrey
Mary Murray-Lockwood
Gerry Anne (Parke) Markham
Maxcine (Reppold) Moss
Mary Ann (Scott) Honea
Doris Virginia (Thrasher) Gamboa

These folks have not been able to be contacted by telephone. Please inform David McPhail:
Grover & Sandra Rogers
Douglas Harris
Leland Howard
Mary (Pact) Hogan
Ken Lipscomb
Ellen (Conway) Buckner
Guy Mitchell Collins, Jr
David Haferkamp–disconnected
Linda (Lord) Gentry–disconnected
Linda (Davis) Rachui–disconnected
Zeda (Cosper) Hopkins–disconnected
Eugene Gaisser–Denver No contact
John Danzeiser–no phone number/email address

From Our Graduates

Mickey Lavy sent a riddle: Why is there air?
Anyone want to take a guess? Mickey said he would furnish the answer next month.

Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler
“I’m praying for all those who are ill or suffering due to age.
Elizabeth Bentley is certainly talented. I like her clay “geodes”. They look real. I’m glad for her photo too. It’s nice to see our classmates as they are today.
Jan Massey certainly left an estate to be proud of. It will do a lot of good”

Bonnie (Burson) Chapman
“My husband has one more chemo treatment….then we shall see what the oncologist plans next. His lymphoma was diagnosed shortly after our last reunion. Been a hectic three years for both of us. Many trips to Arlington….about an hour from home in Hillsboro. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the fall.”

July Birthdays

2- Donald Allen Cook
7- Mickey Lavy
9- Robert D Wilson
10- Annita (Incardona) Henson
13- Susan (Harkenss) Hill
14- Crozier Brown
15- Janell (Buida) Bolton
19- Linda (Sadler) Easter
Ambrosio Silva
22- Sherry (Robertson) Nunn
23- Linda (Phelps) McKee
27- George Karahal
30- Linda (Peacock) VanDenBerg

Show & Tell

When Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff was in junior high school, her mother started collecting antiques—especially dolls. After being exposed to her mother’s interest and collection, Clara Sue developed her own interest for antiques.

Clara Sue married Gordon Arnsdorff, a USAF navigator (trained at JCAFB in Waco), and this meant they were transferred to several different locations throughout their lives together. When they lived in North Carolina, she really widened her interest in antiquing, especially when her mother would visit them. Together Clara and her mother searched out antique shops and so often found something (of course) that needed to be added to their collections. This was the same story, second verse when she lived in DC, and finally in Omaha, NE where she and Gordon still reside.

Throughout the years Clara Sue has maintained her interest in dolls and antiques. After her mother’s death in 1992, she inherited all her mother’s dolls and added them to her already handsome collection. Clara has many dolls form the forties and fifties. Some of our female graduates may remember the Toni doll, Bonnie Braids, Madame Alexander, Little Women, and other dolls made of hard plastic, composition, and rubber.

After 28 years of being an USAF wife, Gordon retired, and he and Clara began attending auctions, thrift shops, and estate sales. They rented space in several antique malls and, at one point, had 4 different spaces. Today they have scaled down to operate only one space. Clara says her main focus has still remained with dolls, but she does have a general knowledge of glassware and other antiques. She sells on Ebay—dolls, toys, glassware, and whatever else she thinks someone will buy. She said the internet seems to be her best reference source.

This talent seems to be mostly a hobby now but Clara reports she loves doing it. She says collecting must run in the family as her brother (in Waco) has also been a ‘dealer’ in antiques and collectibles, along with many other ventures. His ‘Griffis Warehouse’ was recently featured on the DIY Channel’s show, Wood Work.

Clara, thanks so much for sharing your passion with us.

Some interesting things about Anne Nagle Hart

In doing some research about Anne Nagle Hart’s life after reading her powerful obit, I learned a few things that I thought some of you might also be interested in knowing.

Anne was married to Thomas T. Hart III.  As told by one of her sons: “My dad met and married my mother while stationed in France, at the base where my mother’s father was stationed as a surgical chief. He volunteered for his final tour.

Thomas Hart’s plane was shot down over Laos on December 21, 1972. He, along with 12 crew members of a Spectre Gunship, was listed as Missing in Action. If you wish to read more about this, you can click on this link. It will tell of his final flight among other things.

In the early 1980’s a delegation comprised in part of several POW/MIA family members visited the site of the aircraft crash in Laos. Mrs. Anne Hart found material on the ground in the area which she believed to be bone fragment. She photographed the material and turned it over to the U.S. Government. In February, 1985, a joint excavation of the crash site was done by the U.S. and Laos from which a large number of small bone fragments were found. (Taken from pownetwork.org.) This link shows all the efforts Anne made to locate her husband or his remains.

Here are a few pictures of Anne and some of her life after high school:

Road Trip, circa 1978 (as told by one of her children):

“This was around the time that my mother took us all to Washington D.C., rented a motor home upon the top of which was hoisted a giant sign concerning the 2600 un-accounted soldiers. For 2 weeks, she and a few volunteer friends circled the White House all day. The story was covered in the first issue of People magazine.”

L-R, Anne, Gillian, Kimberly, Tom, Joey, Hillary, Heather

I am the third of his six children and am including a photo of all of us, with our mother, taken in the spring of 1973.” — by Gillian Hart

A post by the youngest daughter of Anne and Thomas Hart:
The Dad I Never Knew
Posted on 3/29/09 – by Hillary Hart Sisson Tramolivia
“I am the youngest daughter of Thomas Hart and grew surrounded by the fight my mom took up to bring him home. Hopefully he was looking down on her and rooting her on in her efforts and the raising of their six kids. I have strong love for the dad I never knew.”

Prayer Requests

Jack Martin has had to terminate the new regimen of chemo treatment as his body was unable to tolerate it. He was moved to St. Catherine Center in Waco on a semi-permanent basis. Jack requests please no contact via email or phone. He appreciates everyone’s concern but says it is just too demanding for him.

If you would like to send Jack a card or note to cheer him up and let him know you’re thinking of him:
Jack Martin
1214 Stetson Trail
McGregor, Tx 76657

Cynthia (Kirkland) Mazza
Monday (June 18th), I begin rituxan, chemotherapy for thrombocypenia (low platelets, anemia, and lupus) in hopes of raising my platelets. Would certainly appreciate prayers as my 6 hr infusions start at 10 in morn. Will have 4 treatments, then reaccess.

Life for us has been nothing but blessings, a few bumps in the road but wonderful kids and grand ones and we hope this works and no repercussions from meds as I am super sensitive.
Love to all whs friends.

I wish I was close to see each of you and give u a big hug. You guys have kept the spirit of our class alive and I thank you.

To send Cynthia a note of encouragement:
Cynthia Kirkland Mazza
116 Hampton Ridge
Madison, MS 39110

Donna Roberts, wife of Gary Roberts
Gary’s wife had a stroke several months ago. She has also suffered with several seizures. Donna is currently in St. Catherine Center in Waco receiving care and therapy. She needs healing as her left side was affected. Hopefully the therapy will get everything working properly so she can be normal again. Gary and Donna have moved back to Waco.

Jim Scarborough, husband of Carol (Adams) Scarborough
Jim is at home recuperating from a fall which he had some time ago. He is also getting therapy and trying to gain strength.

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.”