Waco Town Crier – September 2018

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

FELLOW GRADUATES– COULD THIS BE OUR LAST REUNION ?????

In trying to locate different graduates for the reunion, the callers have learned that several in our class have health issues. Some are in nursing homes while others remain at home with somewhat disabling health issues. Also, the callers are finding out that many of our graduates’ spouses are ill with issues that hinder or make it impossible for them to attend the reunion. As I have said before: If you are able to get up each morning without too much pain, can dress yourself and tend to your daily needs, you possess the greatest of wealth- HEALTH. Count your blessings if you are one of the fortunate ones and remember those who are not so lucky.

If you are one of the fortunate ones…..please make your plans to attend our 58th reunion, October 16, 17th. It very well could be our last. Hopefully, we the class of 1960, will have a 60th reunion, but due to all the health issues mentioned in the first paragraph, this 58th reunion might be the end of the road for our class reunions. Therefore, make plans to come to Waco and help ‘turn the lights on’ with us and celebrate our long-ago friendships. There may be some in attendance with whom you did not know or did not know well in high school. If that is the case (because our class was large), remember that it is never too late to make new friendships! Our class has always remained especially close with one another and we always seem to astonish others with our closely-knit ties to each other. Do not let the class of WHS 1960 ‘turn the lights off’ without you! Click on the attached registration form and mail to Malissa. SEE YOU THERE!

It is important to be familiar with our Website: www.whs60.org Our directory is on the website so anytime you need an address for a graduate, you are able to go there for the information. Elizabeth Bentley is doing a fantastic job of keeping our site current. A big THANKS goes to Pat Payne for his financial support of the site and another big THANKS to Janet Hurta who keeps our directory current. We have the opportunity to contact a graduate from our on-line directory because of the information Janet maintains. Please read the following correspondence below to see just how far away our website is enjoyed—about 4,984 miles away!!!

From Our Graduates

From Åsa (Söderberg) Holmstrand:
“Hi, ya’ll,
This is an update from Sweden. I’ve followed this homepage for many years and am sad to find that so many of my friends from miss Mattie Bess Coffield’s debate class are gone. Jan Herring and Carlton Harrell, Mignon Furqueron Rodrigues, Hariadne Johnson. We had so much fun in class and on debate tournaments. Glad to see that others are still here like my team mate Betty Barkley. Also a special ‘hi’ to David Pettus, my prom date.
I am a graduate (history and English) of Uppsala university (founded 1477), Been married and have a son who also has been an exchange student in the US. Switched career after divorce and got a degree in physiotherapy. Miss Coffield’s Speech class contributed to that I became President of the Swedish Association of PTs and a member of the board of World Confederation for Physical therapy. I still consider the year I spent at WHS as the most influential in my life though I have worked or studied in France, Germany, Israel, Austria and Spain when I was young. I retired in 2004 but have remained an eternal student which is easy when living in a university town. All higher studies are free in Sweden.
I have been to the US on business (DC) but never made it back to Texas. Will see in 2020. Hope to see you then!
Åsa Holmstrand née Söderberg
PS Directory correction, please. Souad Khoury was not an exchange student from Sweden. She was from Syria and lived with her aunt in Waco. I hope she stayed in the US knowing the fate of her native country.”

From Rik Spencer on a recent tumble:
“I stumbled over the curb while on the way to get the morning papers, couldn’t keep my balance & took a header. Landed on my face & left side. Ended up with a concussion & bruised (subcapsular hematoma) kidney. Trauma surgeon told me I couldn’t do anything involving bending, twisting or lifting for 6 weeks, & now all I think about is playing golf! He thought my body would dissolve the clot over time. Still am weak, but at least Judy is letting me go to the mail box on my own again & get the papers & mail. Recovering slowly. Getting a little better & stronger every day, but don’t think we’ll be up for a long October drive. Will plan for ’20. Thanks for caring & God Bless!”
Rik

From David Pettus regarding the rains from Hurricane Lane on the big island of Hawaii:
“We are okay. Thanks for asking. Hurricane Lane is still hanging around our part of the Pacific; but the winds have never gotten too strong in our neck of the woods, although we have received a tremendous amount of rain. Fortunately, our house sits on a hilltop, so we are ‘high and dry.’ It has been an extremely wet year in our district, in fact. We have had more rainy days then sunny ones in 2018 so far. However, the island has so many different microclimates that it takes only a little while to drive to a sunny spot if we want to enjoy some blue skies and sunshine. So far, so good…
We send greetings to all the classmates. Might see you in 2020…”
In gratefulness,
Dave

From Dick Tooker regarding the fires in California:
“There were a few small (one-day) fires fairly close to where we live in Chico, CA, but the big ones were elsewhere. The nearest one was the Carr fire in Redding, 70 miles north of us. When we first moved here, we lived in the country outside of town, but we moved into town a couple of years ago. One of the reasons we moved was the fear of fire potential (another reason was rattlesnakes). Where we live now, the nearest tree line that could create a fire danger like they saw in Redding this year is a good 2-3 miles away. We’ve had smoke- lots and lots of smoke. There’s no fire here, but you can surely tell that northern California has been ablaze. Most days the sun looks blood red until it gets high in the sky.
So we’ll be OK. We’re out of the fire zone, and there are no earthquakes or mudslides in this part of California. Plus, we’re way too far inland to worry about hurricanes. We leave the tornados to Texas and Oklahoma – none of those here.
But of course, Mt. Lassen, a semi-dormant volcano only 60 miles away that historically explodes violently every 1,500 years, last blew up 1,600 years ago…..”
Richard N. Tooker

From Bob Easter who shared a dream with Malissa, David McPhail, Tim, and me:
“I had the most wonderful dream last night (8-27-2018) about our upcoming reunion and wanted to share it with you. It was a long, beautiful dream full of laughter, hugs, and fun. I was surprised at how large it was in attendance. Some of the conversations in the dream were memory making and I just wanted to hold on to the scenes this morning. We all have dreams we do not want to end while we are sleeping. This one stirred such great emotions and had me remembering treasures of memories from so long ago. I truly love to see and visit with classmates at reunions and this dream helped me once again realize how far we have traveled together. Sure, we are old, our health is defining, but our smiles, laughter, and memories are precious to each of us. I could care less about our shapes, walks, and looks today. It is the sound of voices, smiles and touches from an old friend that I want to take into any future tomorrows. I want to be with each person to let them know how they helped shaped me as a person by their words, deeds, and time and to let them know they are so important. Reunions are more, much more than remembering WHS days. Leaving a reunion is bitter sweet. We all know we may never see our friends again, but we know we get to carry home more treasured memories.”
May you be blessed today.
Bob

From Mickey Lavy:
This Month’s Riddle: TAFKAP What does this stand for?
Mickey said you can respond to him by email. Answer will be posted next month.

Aubrey Stringer
As you are aware, Aubrey does a lot of work for Chip and Joanna Gaines. An interesting article about Aubrey is featured in the Fall 2018 of Magnolia Journal which is on display until November 13th.

 

 

 

 

Reminder

Our Quarterly Luncheon will be at 11:30 am on Thursday, September 13th at Casa de Castillo. Contact Sissy Blair.

 

 

 

Feedback on Sondi (Nelson) Pace’s Talent

“I enjoyed the newsletter so much—especially the piece on Sondi…..what a joy to know that her gift has been shared all these years. I wish I had continued my piano after my grandmother was unable to teach me….but, as with most kids, I didn’t want the bother of practice. Now I sit at the piano and can still play a bit—but just envy those who continue to study and learn music.”
Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff

“I never knew Sondi played the violin!”
Betty (Luedeker) Gatlin

“I wish we could hear Sondi play her violin. She looks great. Tell her to send us something to listen to.”
Linda (Shelby) Lyons

September Birthdays

3- George Compton
6- Shirley ‘Joy’ (Rogers) Keele
9- Mary Beth (Cash) McMahon,
Jenny (Easter) Miles
12- Linda (Shelby) Lyons
15- Bev (Murphy) Wells
26- Dana (Sauer) Keifer

Show and Tell – Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler

This month features Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler. Tommye said she does not know if her “hobby” can be called a talent but for the last few years she has been painting clay pots and cement figures.

Tommye’s profession was that of a Registered Nurse. It was a most enjoyable and rewarding profession. Tommye explained that her desire to become a nurse was instilled in her back during West Junior High School days when she signed up for a Future Nurses Club at Providence Hospital. Members met every Saturday morning and were taught a few basic procedures and terminology before they started doing volunteer work after school– 2 or 3 afternoons a week. These members primarily ran errands and visited with patients. Tommye was assigned to Crippled Children’s Hospital which was a part of Providence Hospital at that time.

During Tommye’s years at Waco High School, she worked as a nurse’s aide at Hillcrest Hospital. She applied and was accepted to Providence Hospital School of Nursing; however, just after high school graduation, this school was closed. Tommye then visited Temple Scott and White Hospital nursing school and knew this was where she wanted to attend. Prior to her enrollment there she was required to take college courses in English, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Sociology. After completing these requirements at Baylor University, she enrolled at Scott and White Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in February 1963.

After graduation Tommye worked in several different areas of nursing until 1968 when she went to work at Providence Hospital in their operating room. Tommye said the OR room had always been her favorite while in nursing school. She was working at Providence in Waco when the first heart program began and when the first open-heart surgery was performed. She also helped with joint replacement surgery. All of this was an exciting time for Tommye. In 1982, she felt she needed a change, so she went to work for Neurosurgical Associates, the office of three neurosurgeons. She stayed there until 1995. Her next ten years were spent at Hillcrest Hospital in their day surgery unit, the Surgicenter. She retired in 2005.

In retirement Tommye still wanted to stay busy so she and her dog, Freckles, (an Australian Shepherd) went to Lake Waco/Lake Air Montessori regularly and visited with the special needs students. Tommye and Freckles also visited nursing/retirement facilities. Freckles died in 2014. Tommye volunteered at Caritas for a short time and did a lot of work for her church, Lake Shore United Methodist. Tommye has a daughter, Robin Shaw, who is a realtor in Waco. Robin and her husband live in Woodway. Tommye does not have any grandchildren but does have a grand dog. Tommye likes to travel and has visited four of the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, and lots of places in the continental USA.

A few years ago Tommye had a friend who planned to give away some clay pots that were not looking too good. Because of Tommye’s interest in painting, she asked if she could paint them in hopes to refurbish them. That was the beginning of a new hobby. Since that time, Tommye has painted lots of clay pots and cement animals for her yard and for friends. Tommy said that clay, if not glazed, absorbs the acrylic paint well and also holds the color. I think you can see that Tommye lets no grass grow under her feet. I also believe that her “hobby”
shows a definite talent. See what you think. And Tommye….thanks for your dedication to your patients and your profession. We, as seniors, are finding out first-hand the importance of a great nurse!

List of Reunion Attendees

Ken and Scoot Baker
Lynette (Muchow) and Jarod Baugh
Malissa (Starnes) and Rex Baugh
Louann Hilton Brady
Jeanell (Buida) and Alexandra (daughter) Bolton
Crozier Brown
Rita (Coates) and Ed Burnett
Gene and JoAnn Carson
*Tom and Thylis Chambless (Tuesday evening only)
*George Compton (Tuesday evening only)
James and Gia Coone
David and Anita Dibb
Howard Dudgeon and guest
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
*Sue (Welborn) and Bobby Hopper (Wednesday Brunch and evening)
*Karon Shinault Jackson (Brunch only)
*Hal Johnson (Tuesday evening and Wednesday Brunch)
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

*Frank Neel (Wednesday night and maybe Brunch)
Sandra (Wooten) and Don Overholser
David Peeples
Mickey (Lade) and John Perkins
*Terrell Reagan (Wednesday evening only)
*Joe Riley (Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
*Gary and Donna Roberts (Donna-Brunch only)
*David and Lesley Rosen (Tuesday evening only)
Christian Ruebeck
Carol Adams Scarborough
Suzann Bettencourt Scott (cousin of Carolyn Taylor, Class of ’61)
Rod and Cheri Sommer
Norma (Cissell) and Wayne Smith
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
*Charles and Apala Wilson (Wednesday evening only)
Robert (Little Red) Wilson
*SuEllen (Golden) and John Wilson (Wednesday evening only)

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.”

Updates

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!

Pictures

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.”

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/

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

Waco Town Crier – January 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on January 2, 2018.  

I hope everyone was able to have some wonderful holidays and I hope this coming year will be good to us all. We, of course, are aging—and more often than we like, we are going to be receiving some bad news now and then. That bad news can rear its ugly head at the most inopportune times. I hate to be the one who reports it … but better to know than remain ignorant.

Again, I want to say how very blessed our class is to have Elizabeth Bentley taking care of our website and for the generosity of Pat Payne’s financial help towards its continuation. I hope each and every one of you will go to our site and take a look. If someone you know is not receiving the Town Crier, Elizabeth is putting each issue on-line; therefore, our graduates will have the opportunity to read an edited version. She is editing out certain personal information in order to protect us from the forces of evil in cyberspace who would love to get ahold of our information. We were so lucky that Elizabeth “stepped up to the plate” for us after Rayburn’s death. She has done an AWESOME job.

Also, thank you Tim (Lasseter) Latta for taking on the task of organizing our 58th reunion. It is a huge undertaking! She will need your help- it is not a one-woman job. And Sissie Blair– thank you for organizing our WHS 60 quarterly luncheons. It is so great to see 35+ graduates get together every 3 months to laugh, reminisce, and break bread with classmates of long ago. We are a special class….no brag; just fact.

Let me give each of you something to think about. We have many graduates who live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area….in the Austin area….in the San Antonio area…and in the Houston area. Maybe someone in each of those areas would be willing to find a restaurant- once or twice a year- that would be able to seat several of us for a luncheon….just like what is done in Waco. Those individuals from other towns who are unable to travel to Waco for the quarterly luncheons or the reunion would at least be able to attend lunch in their own area to meet up with some graduates from their own area. Just a thought. We have a close-knit class and thank heavens for the internet, others who live far away can enjoy vicariously some of the memories and adventures our graduates are able to make. Just let me know if you plan one of these luncheons and I will get the news out to everyone. There is no telling who might be able to attend. Also, ALWAYS send me photos for the Town Crier so we all can enjoy.

Please, everyone, try to stay healthy this year … and I am speaking to myself as well as everyone else. I know several of our graduates have been struggling with some health issues. I do so hope you will plan to come to our reunion on October 16-17 of this year … maybe we can again get a picture of everyone on the steps of the old WHS building. Wouldn’t that be a hoot some 58 years later?

Thank each of you so much for your participation in sending me items and pictures of interest to post in “The Town Crier”. YOU are the success of “The Town Crier”. Without you and your input, I would have nothing of which to share with others. Let’s have a wonderful year, stay healthy, and make some happy memories.
Jeanne (Holland) Harman

From Our Graduates

Norma (Cissell) Smith
Wayne and I had our 56th wedding anniversary on November 11, 2017.
For Thanksgiving, we went to Atlanta, Georgia for about four days. There was so much good food. It was an unforgettable trip
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Russell Keeling lives in Redlands, CA and had this to say about the fires around the Los Angeles area. I worried that Russell might be in some danger. Below is Russ’s report to my inquiry:
Redlands is about 65 miles from LA, so, for now, we’re in no danger from the present blazes. More importantly, the Santa Ana winds blow from east to west, which means we still have good air. However, brush is all around the community out here; so, anyone could start a fire and change matters quickly.
Merry Christmas and blessings to all WHS friends.

Phyllis Brooks
Went for my yearly checkup with the cardiologist and pacemaker check at Baylor in November and found out I had a heart attack March 2. Glad the defibrillator is working. Otherwise, I am doing okay. Spent Christmas Eve and Day with nephews, nieces, and great nieces and nephews in Plano and Frisco.

Phyllis Brooks reports on Mickey Ann (Lade) Perkins
Mickey is doing okay. She still has some pains in the back and rib area but after having an attack and being administered CPR while in the hospital the early part of the year, it took the starch out of her.

Ken/Scoot Baker and Janie/David McPhail recently made a trip to El Paso, Texas where Ken’s son is UTEP’s ladies basketball coach. While in the city, the couples decided to go to the original Rosa’s Cantina. Marty Robbins sang a song about El Paso and this Cantina … (click on the photo to hear the song.)

WHS 60 Quarterly Luncheon

December 5, 2017 – The weather was a little “iffy” – damp and cold – but there was still an ample group for the December quarterly luncheon.

We welcomed a new face to the group this time: John Thomas Davis. So wonderful to see John … We hope he had a good time and hope he will return.

A new feature was added: a drawing, this time for a cash prize. Sissy says it will be continued. The inaugural winner was Tim (Lassiter) Latta.

Tim announced the reunion for October 16th and 17th, 2018 and encouraged everyone not only to attend but consider volunteering to help. The venue is The Phoenix Ballroom with plenty of room for lots of tables (and chairs!!). Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served on the 16th and dinner on the 17th. The caterer for both nights will be TCP Catering, as they have served us well in the past. There will be a cash bar both nights. Costs will be kept as low as possible to make it easy on everyone’s pocket book. If anyone desires tours or other events such as golf, card games etc., please let Tim know.

Memories

This picture was taken at Fishpond in the early 1950s. These are the ones who can be identified:
l-r Pat Payne, Jack Martin, Ann Kimbriel, Tom Mayfield, Noah Appleton (in the center looking at us), Patsy Stevens dancing with Harold Jobe? Looks like Sue Golden might be behind Harold Jobe… Do you recognize any others???
JoAnn Carson (Gene’s wife) ran across this picture from 9th grade at North Junior High School.
I recognize a few….can you? I think some of the folks are:
1st row–Betty Craig, ….Delind Kirkpatrick, Sandy Urich, Paulette Todar, ……….Kay Phillips..
2nd row–Don Matkin, …………… Judith Hamff, ..Jane Rogers
3rd row–Stan Lennard? Al Ctvrlik, Ralph Klatt, …. John Anderson, Joe Ratliff,….. Larry Thomas, …Gene Carson
Help fill in the blanks…..
Bob Easter sent in this picture—North Junior 1957. He is the Monster in the middle. Can anyone identify any of the others?
Maybe one person is Sissie Blair (second from the right)? Help, please!

Waco Town Crier – December 2017

Reminder of WHS 1960 Quarterly Luncheon

Casa de Castillo
December 5th
12:00 Noon
Reservations to Sissie Blair Shandalow- elizabethshandalow@yahoo.com or 936-425-1373

From Our Graduates

Pat Payne is surely a patriotic citizen, ready to jump in and help everyone. Three cheers to Pat and congratulations on the award. The story about Mr. Wise was interesting too. He had a big heart. Good to hear from David Pettus, Jerry Causey, and the Bakers and McPhails. It’s good to see that, even though we are 75, we are enjoying life!
Tommye (Blair) Toler

I loved Mr. Wise. He was one of two teachers that even noticed me and spoke directly as a friend instead of an authoritarian. Study Hall was two things to me ….1) a place to do my homework and never take a book home and…. 2) where everyone was equal because of Mr. Wise.
Steve Mercer

We just returned (October) from a visit to Door County, Wisconsin—enjoyed the beautiful fall foliage and the perfect fall weather. Our son, who lives in Chicago, went with us and kept us hopping and focused. We enjoyed visiting local antique shops—made purchases for our antique space here in Omaha. We find so many ‘different’ antiques/collectibles in that area, and we always enjoy shopping. We had beautiful weather in Wisconsin, but when we returned to Chicago for a quick visit with our son, we had constant rain and much cooler weather. We returned to Bellevue (Omaha, NE suburb) to find the first freeze of the season. When we left our air was on—now, heat is on.
Clara Sue Griffis Arnsdorff
cyberma609@aol.com

December Birthdays

9 and 10- Sondi (Nelson) Pace (remember this story?)
13- Jerry Causey
14- Peggy (Wake) Thyfault
16- Chinky Johnson
24- Howell Johnson
26- Jack Martin, Howard Dudgeon, Joan (Beaty) Settle
28- Gayla (Mille0r Webb
31- Elizabeth Bentley, Gwen (Ewing) Hodges

Pictures

Judith (Hamff) Murphy and husband, Tom, recently spent six weeks in Italy–part of a recovery/escape from their “Annus Horribilis” in 2016/early 2017. After a few days near Rome, they spent nine days in Sicily with a group tour, then four weeks in Tuscany split between Siena and Florence. There were some wonderful day trips, wine tasting, and the visiting small Tuscan-hill towns. Judith reports this was one of their best trips ever as they spent time just relaxing, people watching, and enjoying the Italian ambiance. She reports that not having any TV news in English also helped.
Judith sent two photos: One was taken near San Gimignano during a day trip to the countryside. The other was their anniversary celebration at the Tre Cristi Restaurant in Siena.
Janet and Glenn Hurta spent a week in New England in mid-October with friends. The perfect weather and fall color was a great backdrop for some new photos! They visited the Lake Winnipesaukee area in New Hampshire, Kennebunkport, Maine, King Arthur Flour and the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory in Vermont. Glenn braved the stream on the Kancamagus scenic highway route through the white Mountains State Park.
Jack Martin and Jeanne (Holland) Harman have just returned from WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma where they enjoyed seeing/hearing Willie Nelson. Willie’s famous guitar, Trigger, is really showing its wear and tear of being “on the road” with so many performances. Trigger was purchased in 1969 and Willie says he guesses he and Trigger will play out about the same time. Below are some pictures of Willie & Trigger…. and Jack & Jeanne…. at the performance.
Also included : an 11 minute link on the story of Trigger and an 8½ minute link on keeping Trigger alive.
Willie tells about Trigger
Keeping Trigger alive

Waco Town Crier – November 2017

An Interesting Story

We, as high school students, were so often totally wrapped up in ourselves. We were engrossed in having fun, trying to pass tests, and obsessing on how “mean and strict” some of our teachers were. The following is a story that was shared with me about Mr. Wise, our study hall monitor:

“One day Mr. Wise noticed a student who was not eating during lunchtime. It dawned on Mr. Wise that the student probably did not have the money for a tray of food. So, Mr. Wise spoke to someone behind the serving line to have a tray prepared. Mr. Wise told the student that for the rest of the year to get into this particular line and a tray of food would be provided–no money would ever be an issue. The student was too proud and never accepted the offer– but the opportunity was there.

Also, on the day of graduation, Mr. Wise told the same student that attendance to college was possible—tuition and fees would be taken care of by Mr. Wise. This was money that Mr. Wise had been setting back for his daughter to attend college. The only strings attached to this arrangement: when this particular student graduated from college and got a good job- the favor would be returned to Mr. Wise’s daughter. Pride again got in the way of the student and the offer was not accepted. The student never said any words of gratitude to Mr. Wise for his generous offer and felt Mr. Wise probably went to his grave thinking the student was ungrateful.”

The person who told this story to me did not intend this to be a commentary about a nameless, directionless teenager who had no advice, but rather about Mr. Herb Wise…the big guy on the podium in the front of Study Hall….the one who we all took for granted but the one who was silently an angel with a heart bigger than he was.

Congratulations to Pat Payne!

As you will remember, on September 10th Pat & Patty Payne remained in Naples to ride out Hurricane Irma which made a direct hit on Naples, FL. Pat was the only Board member to be in Naples during the event. After the wrath of Irma and because of all the damage that the storm caused, Pat rode his bicycle around checking on everything and everyone in his area. He kept all of those in the Wyndemere community and those who had evacuated abreast of the situation. No one can possibly imagine the work that he and others did in order to get everything back in shape. It seems as though Pat became known to everyone as “Man on the Ground” because of the many reports he sent to northern Wyndemere members. Pat was presented with this memento to signify his participation in the aftermath of the storm.
This is an excerpt from Pat’s letter to the staff members who stayed with him:
This memento with the accompanying appreciation message presented at the Town Hall was really beyond special. First, the artwork is so very perfect with the depiction of Irma captured in glass. Talk about classy! But the words of appreciation will live with me longer than any physical symbol. Beyond all of that, may I say the most special part of all of yesterday was to stand along with you in front of the Town Hall meeting. As some of you know I spent two years in Vietnam fighting what we now realize was an ill-advised war. However unwise that conflict was, the men and women there represented the best of America and I have always been very proud to have stood with them. Well, today I was equally proud to have stood with you during Irma and the aftermath because you are indeed the best of America as well. I believe even better days are ahead for our terrific club and I look forward to sharing them with each of you.
Thank you so much!
Pat Payne
“Man on the Ground”

In the midst of the storm’s recovery, Pat had a birthday. On September 21, while everyone was still hard at work getting things back to normal, the staff of Pat’s great community gave him a surprise 75th birthday party. Pat’s three children had planned to fly to Naples to surprise him but the aftermath of the hurricane made that impractical. Below is a picture of Pat enjoying his big day with the club staff. Pat does not look– nor act– like a 75 year old!!!

November Birthdays


3 – Jim Monnig and Sissie Blair
6 – Barbara (Brunette) Hunt and Gary Roberts
7 – Gene Carson
12 – Carolyn (Wolf) Lloyd
18 – Bob Easter
27 – Nena (Hunt) Wallace

News from our Graduates

David Pettus
“Aloha
Sorry we haven’t been making it to reunions; but our welcome mat is out for classmates coming to Hawaii… The news here is that we are busy with our fall harvest of macadamia nuts. A few of our classmates are on our mailing list, but not all, so here is the message we are sending out to see who would like some!
Our 2017 macadamia nuts are ready! This year’s harvest is early, in plenty of time for the holidays. Better order early, though, because last year we ran out!
As always, our nuts are grown naturally in our orchard, right across the street from Hawaii’s very first macadamia trees. They are lightly roasted and lightly salted in small batches by local macnut wizard Bob Yurth.
Just tell us how many pounds you’d like and the address(es) you want them sent to. We’ll email you a PayPal invoice for $24 per pound (including Priority Mail shipping) that you can pay easily whether or not you have a PayPal account, and your nuts will be on their way. Or you can send a check if you’d rather. Nice and easy!
It’s always a pleasure to be part of your enjoyment. Let us hear from you today, to make sure you get all you want!
In Gratefulness,
Dave and Sherry”
Note: David’s contact information can be found in the Class Directory

Pictures

Jerry Causey – “I was cleaning up my hard drive and ran across a couple of newish photos (2016) that might be of interest to the Class of ’60.

Our town, since July 2012, is Walla Walla, which is a Native American term meaning “Many Waters.” It is also the home of Many Wineries, 140 and growing. One of the photos is of my wife “Pamela Darling” and me sipping a fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon in our teeny tiny back yard along Garrison Creek. The other is a night out of dancing in one or Walla Walla’s many downtown tasting rooms that feature live music on weekends.

Pam actually works occasionally as a tasting room associate at Zerba Cellars, just over the state line in Oregon. We also own a very small interest in another much larger Oregon winery, Willamette Valley Vineyards. We are “Industry,” as they say here, which means all of the other wineries give us a 25% or 30% discount when we buy their wines. I absolutely LOVE retirement life!”

The McPhails and Bakers – New England Trip – Summer 2017

David/Janie & Ken/Scoot in Vermont Ken, Scoot, David at Lexington
David and Janie near Hyannis David, Scoot, Ken at Plymouth Rock