Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2006

Neighbors

August 31, 2006

— Oil painting classes will take place at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesdays in the building at 31400 W. 95th St., on the rodeo grounds.
The teachers are Rita Houscher and Margaret Johnston and they welcome those in the community.
For more information, call (913) 706-4246.
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Leona Robinson offered several times to take me down to Hillside Village of De Soto. I called her Friday morning and she offered to take me.
I didn't know it was the birthday party for those celebrating August birthdays so I got to see many of my friends at the dining room gathering.
Mary Lou Simmons, Leona Robinson and Jo St. Peter served the residents cake, ice cream and punch. I sat at a table with Bobbie Robinson, Mittie Pingleton and Edith Oshel who had her 100th birthday Aug. 5. I had wanted to meet her.
I also visited with Dorothy Ashley, who celebrated her birthday on Aug. 17.
They had six residents who had August birthdays. All received colorful balloons and everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to them.
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I rode the Jo Bus into Shawnee Tuesday. I was in my wheelchair. We drove by many places I hadn't seen in the past three years. It was amazing how busy all the places were with the many "sea" of cars.
We went for a lunch and to celebrate Betty O'Dell's birthday. We had a good visit and experience.
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Doug Opdycke's brother died. In last week's column, I said it was his brother-in-law.
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ElFreeda Payton, who is home now recovering from total hip replacement, said she appreciated having her neighbor Laura Long come and visit her almost every day. If she can't make the visit, she calls her.
She also said the nutrition dinners were a good thing for her from the "Meals on Wheels" services.
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Georgeanna Taylor visited with me Thursday. She brought me up to date on their family and she told me the many health problems they are having.
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Those celebrating birthdays this week include Ross Moriarity, Diane Taylor, Steven Crisco, Steve Buehler, Marilyn Layman, Frances Zimmerli, Linda Jokisch, Darrell Sampson, Jenny Miller, Mary Gale Kramer and Lisa Zimmerman. My sister-in-law Virginia Williams, who lives in Oregon and my friend and former De Soto resident Elaine Harden Boyd, who lives in Kilgore, Tex., are also celebrating birthdays.
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Those celebrating anniversaries include Cal and Karen Blaich, Larry and Barbara Buckley, Stuart and Suzanne Adams, David and Lori Brunner, Tim and Debbie Maniez and Darrel and Ruth Zimmerman.
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The scrapbooking committee at De Soto United Methodist Church, led by Shelle Field, had a meeting Aug. 27 in the fellowship hall. The nominating committee met Wednesday to elect officers for 2006-2007.
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Leon and Myrtle Coker visited friends at the Gardner nursing center Sunday afternoon.


  • Laura Long visited Zandra with her daughter Donna last Sunday afternoon at Gardner.
    While heading home, both families were blocked by a downed light pole on Kill Creek Road, so they had to get home by a different route.
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    My son Edwin and his wife, Jeanne, called me Sunday evening from Texas. They said they got a little rain and it had cooled down to the 90s. Edwin said their church's Sunday school class sent cookies and a wheelchair to Baghdad and it cost more than $200 for postage.
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    Marjorie Guffey will celebrate her 90th birthday Sept. 5. The family has requested a card shower for her. Cards may be sent to Marjorie Guffey, Good Samaritan Nursing Center, Room 207, 20705 W. 157th St., Olathe 66061.
    Marjorie lived in De Soto for many years.
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    The Mudcats baseball team played the Red Sox Saturday and beat them. They had to call Sunday's game off because of the rain.
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    I've had no correspondence from Patty Neeland, who is in Iraq with the medical division of the National Guard from Pittsburg. The unit has been there for two months.
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    My son Mike called me Sunday evening. He said they're trying to get to Joplin, Mo., next Sunday for the annual Herring family reunion. I dread cooking for it. Some always want my special family reunion cake I make. It's a three-stage process where I make the cake, then the special filling on top of it, then the icing.
    I'll see if I can make it with my bad hand.
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    The need this week at the De Soto Multi-Service Center is tuna. Next week is peanut butter and jelly. In addition, cash for school supplies, paper goods, boxed dinner and cereal are needed.
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    Because of storm damage, the De Soto Baptist Church has a new roof. They are still working on the steeple.
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    Richard Epperson is home and doing better, but is very weak. Randal Bassett is still in Royal Terrace Nursing Center for rehabilitation after his fall and having pneumonia. His wife, Winnie, said he also has a rib infection.
    Leona Hoover was able to attend church services this week. Joe Kessler wasn't having surgery this past week, but he started with some radiation treatments. Mary Lou Simmons and Delores Weller drove he and Betty to Olathe for them. The doctors decided to keep him in the hospital over the weekend and continue treatments.
    The people involved in an auto accident were life flighted to the hospital. One was waiting for a liver transplant and will be getting one soon.
    I've had severe pain in my left ankle since Friday night. I thought I would check it out with the orthopedic doctor. He may put me in that black boot again. Along with prayers, I've used some pain patches and they have helped as well as soaking it in hot water. It's better. My hand is still in a cast.
    Richard Epperson's brother-in-law in Tennessee has cancer, and a friend has found she has breast cancer and needs prayers.
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    Sympathy goes to the family of Walter McDaniels in the loss of his cousin and to the family of Hilda Tuttle, whose memorial services were in Eudora last week. They took her body to Arkansas for the burial.
    Sympathy goes to the family of Leland and Shirley Penner in the death of Shirley's mother.

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