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.

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