Archive for Thursday, August 10, 2006

Neighbors

August 10, 2006

The De Soto United Methodist Women group is in need of jams, jellies, chutney, pickles, relishes and other canned goods for its bazaar in October.
The group also needs 1/2-pint jelly jars or wide-mouth quart jars for the bazaar.
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The FlexRide is available Tuesdays and Wednesday in De Soto for the disabled, senior citizens, low-income patrons and the general public.
For more information or schedules, call (913) 397-7300.
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The De Soto Multi-Service Center is still in need of peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, snacks, cereal, spaghetti and ravioli. They are always in need of paper goods like toilet tissue and paper towels. The need for next week is macaroni and cheese.
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I was honored this week when my longtime friend Betty Gravestein from Spring Hill visited me. She also did some needed things for me.
Betty said her husband, Walter, was going to the rest home in Spring Hill that afternoon to entertain the residents there.
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Lydia McGrew also comes to my rescue several times a week. She gets my mail and goes to the bank for me. Elizabeth Taylor also helped me out greatly this week. Shawn Allen drove me to the eye doctor and my son Jerry took me to the hand specialist to get a different cast on my hand. I have to change the dressing each day. Jean Epperson and Jean Manness both came to help me change the dressing on my cast.
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My daughter Debbie and her husband, Paul, and grandson Hayden took a trip to Colorado to do some sightseeing. They went to the Royal Gorge, Pike's Peak and to a museum. They also went river rafting. Debbie said she could hardly walk the next day.
They drove more than 1,400 miles and returned Sunday evening. They said they had a relaxing time.
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Bonner Springs Mayor Clausie Smith filled the pulpit Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church. Lucas Walker sang a solo with Karen Wall accompanying him on the piano. The offertory special was a hymn played by Karen Wall and Lana McPherson on the organ. Jeff Hodges led the hymns during worship.
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I received a letter and newspaper article about Bob and Betty Bonebrake's 60th wedding anniversary, which they celebrated at their church in southern Missouri. Church members also had a dinner and open house.
Betty said more than 80 friends and relatives attended.
The Bonebrakes lived in De Soto and Eudora for many years and raised their three sons and one daughter here. They returned to southern Missouri after their retirement. They lost their oldest son in January. Their younger son Tim lives in Eudora and is a minister at Christ's Family Church in Olathe. It is a new church on South Chestnut.
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Those celebrating birthdays include Archie Bedford, Mavis Routh, Brenda Crisco, Whitney Walker, Madeline Schutte, Sandra Hoover, Walter Johnston, Allyssa King, Dawson Schutte, Brad Rains, Luella Davis, Dick Beytein, Gwendy Olivarez and Vergie Opdycke. Larry and Zola Stephan will celebrate their birthdays Saturday.
Back in the 1970s and 1980s when I did the census, there were five couples in De Soto that had the same day birthdays. Luther and I were one of the five.
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The Larry Moores will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary. Walter and Betty Gravestein are celebrating their anniversary and John and Loya Lou Beery celebrated their 41st anniversary Aug. 8.
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School supplies are needed for patrons of the De Soto Multi-Service Center. Jodi Hitchcock has requested monetary donations for the supplies this year and she will purchase the needed items.
Luella Davis and Ruby Nelson will also collection donations and pass them along to Jodi.
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Sally Schrader celebrated her 90th birthday Aug. 4.
Her daughter Beverly, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., wanted to have a party for her, but she did not want one. Beverly asked me to do a surprise and get the word out about her special birthday.
I called and got Rosemary McAninch to put the news item in the Baptist church newsletter and not put it in on Sally's copy.
Sally received many cards and is grateful to the community and church for sending them.
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I need to make another correction regarding the Gideon's 107th International Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
The collection was $2.4 million, not $4 million like I reported.
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Joe Kessler is still on the prayer list. Betty said they appreciated the prayers. ElFreeda Payton is at the CLC nursing center in Bonner Springs for rehabilitation after her recent hip replacement.
Betty Nevius visited me this week and said she is going to have another eye implant. She did this recently on one eye and it was successful so she's going to have it done on the other eye soon.
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My sister-in-law and niece called me from Eugene, Ore., Friday. They had taken some side trips to see the area and were enjoying themselves.


  • Sympathy goes to the family of Roy Braley and former De Soto resident Dean Panas. Dean graduated from De Soto High School in 1954. My son Carlin was one of his classmates. The Panas family lived on East Lexington Avenue. They were butchers.
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    Brenda Willis Dolina, who now lives in Eudora, had two guests at De Soto Baptist Church on Sunday. One of them was from Maryland. The other was from West Virginia. Brenda said these relatives had not been back to Kansas in almost 30 years.
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    Laura Long had her granddaughter Cindy and her three children from Ottawa as visitors on Sunday. Norman and Donna Luther were also visitors.

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