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Neighbors

July 20, 2006

An "angel" by the name of Mary Alley came to my house Monday. I hadn't seen her for so long. She wanted to do some chores for me. She washed all the downstairs windows, ran the sweeper, cleaned the bathroom and mopped and shined the hallway and kitchen floors. She also brought me a huge baked turkey breast and a piece of cherry pie and homemade applesauce.
My son Jerry was here. He wanted to hire her but she told him it was for Dorothy.
Mary is a school teacher at a Christian school in Overland Park.
I appreciated all the work she did.
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Dean and Karen Wall were able to attend Sunday services at De Soto Baptist Church. They had been gone for three weeks and we missed them. They had gone to one of their daughters where they spent two weeks. They attended church services with her while they were gone.
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My friend Elizabeth Taylor took me to Gardner last Wednesday to meet our friend Betty Gravestein, a former De Soto resident. She lives in Spring Hill and does an impression of Minnie Pearl. We had lunch together and talked about former years and caught up on families.
Betty drove the food truck to all the schools when we had only one central station.
She asked me to tell her friends in De Soto hello.
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Sue Allen, De Soto, and former residents Karen Middaugh and Lynn Pollet joined 60 other members of the St. Clair County Travel Club on a cruise to Alaska and Canada.
Sue said they had a lovely trip and the weather was chilly. We could use some of that chill right now.
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Sue Allen also went to Oklahoma to visit her sister who has some health problems.
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My great-grandson Hayden had a good time at the baseball camp at Kansas University last week. His roommate was Jared Ireland, the grandson of Marge and Wayne Ireland.
Hayden played in an all-star game and hit a home run. He had the ball autographed. It was his 13th home run baseball in his collection. He starts football camp next week.
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Shawn Allen drove me to the hand doctor last Friday. The X-rays show separation of the bones so I'll have hand surgery on July 26. We also tried to find a church in Olathe where I know the pastor, but there was too much construction in the area so we didn't pursue it.
Betty and Bob Bonebrake, who formerly lived in De Soto and now live in Lanagan, Mo., are the parents of that pastor.
Betty wrote and said she and Bob both had serious surgery at the Kansas University Medical Center and radiation at Olathe. They lost their son Dennis in January. Bob does volunteer work at their city park and church now.
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My friend Lydia McGrew, who lives in Eudora now, came by my house last Tuesday and visited. She offered to run errands for me. I took her up on it and she went to the store for me. I appreciated it.
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The Rev. Richard Copeland sang a solo, "He Will Make a Way" during the offertory Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church. Mary Etta Copeland accompanied him on the organ.


  • The De Soto community blood drive is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the De Soto VFW post 6654.
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    The De Soto United Methodist Church is still asking for Sunday school teachers for the summer. They also need half-pint jelly jars and wide mouth quart jars for use when they have their bazaar. Soup labels can also still be saved for them.
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    The needed item at De Soto Multi-Service Center this week is white rice. Next week the needed item is any kind of jelly. Fruit snacks and other snack foods, spaghetti, Spaghetti-Os and ravioli are also needed.
    The De Soto Baptist Church had its special brown bag donation Sunday. The money collected is going to the De Soto Multi-Service Center for those in the community with special needs.
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    The De Soto United Methodist Church had a celebration this week. The church had its first Methodist church dedication 136 years ago on July 17, 1870.
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    The Agape Circle meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the De Soto United Methodist Church.
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    My son Edwin called me Sunday night and said their daughter-in-law Ginger and granddaughter Lisa had gotten home Saturday from Hawaii. They took their daughter Paige and her school days friends out for lunch in Dallas after church. Paige's friends had their baptisms at the church services, too.
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    Lucas Walker led the singing at the De Soto Baptist Church services on Sunday.
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    Those celebrating birthdays this week including Mary Pettersch, Donnie Allen, Boots Linden, Kyler Gish, Luke Pell, Cory Tiedeman, Connie Stumpff, Pam Papp, Brynn McCracken, Sarah Martinez, Devin Haynes, Sharon Brashears, Randy Canaan and my grandson Alan Nalley in Illinois.
    Geneva Brashears is also celebrating her 90th birthday. She was a school teacher for many years. I remembered several of the schools she taught in before she retired.
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    Those celebrating anniversaries this week include David and Denise King, Roy and Charlene Braley, Rick and Susan Lewis, Steve and Nancy Prosser, John and Darlene Hackworth and two of my grandchildren -- Marty and Rhonda Nalley in Edmond, Okla., and Brad and Shelly Williams in Manhattan.
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    Merle Bradley had some critical health problems at Royal Terrace Nursing Center. She had to return to Shawnee Mission Hospital. She needs our prayers.
    Vicki Parr will undergo cancer surgery this week. She also needs our prayers. She has the 3-month-old twins and her family is taking turns helping their dad, Don Parr Jr., take care for them.
    There were several others who asked for prayers for their relatives and friends. Collie Arnold needs our prayers, too.
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    Sympathy goes to the family of Richard Langan whose services were Wednesday. Sympathy goes to the family of Ella Lee Ellis, a former De Soto resident, who was a daughter of the late Ida and John Ellis. They lived on 95th Street. Ella Lee had lived with her sister Delores Shaw in Baldwin City for the last several years. Graveside services were July 14 at De Soto Cemetery.

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