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May 18, 2006

The Willow Springs FCE will host the monthly birthday party Friday at Hillside Village.
There are six residents who will celebrate their birthday this month.
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The Agape Circle at De Soto United Methodist church will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the home of Judy Hillman. They will discuss chapter 3 of the book "The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" by Hannah Whitall Smith.

The Methodist church worship committee will meet after the 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday in the sanctuary. They urge all to attend the meeting or call Betty Schotanus.
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The family of Sheridan Thompson is having a graduation party for him from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at the De Soto United Methodist Church.
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Each of my children called me on Mother's Day. Jerry and Linda had been out of town to Salem, Mo., to her son's for four days. Carlin and Nancy had their families in Illinois together and Mike and Linda had a pizza dinner at their home with their children and grandchildren. Since Sunday was Linda's birthday, they also had ice cream cake.
My son and daughter-in-law in Texas had their Mother's Day dinner at their daughter-in-law's on Friday. Her mother was there from Baton Rouge and they were going to her brother's house in Huslow on Sunday.
I received a white orchid corsage from my children in Illinois for Mother's Day. All the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave a large beautiful bouquet they had sent to De Soto Baptist Church. It was displayed on the communion table.
My children in Texas sent me postage stamps to use and Debbie and Hayden got me a new blouse and took me out for a Mother's Day dinner. My son Jerry and his wife planted my flower planters earlier in the week before his knee surgery.
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I had the privilege of going to the sixth-grade band concert and choral performance Tuesday.
My great-grandson Hayden plays trumpet in the band. He is also in the jazz band.
We went early enough to get a seat, but many had to stand.
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The Lexington Trails Middle School had a display of artwork and a "show and tell" of different crafts last Thursday. There was a lot of talent displayed.
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The annual mother-daughter brunch at De Soto Baptist Church Saturday morning was a rejoicing occasion.
The tables were decorated with pots that held stems of "mints" and a decorated bee. On the tables were chocolate decorated bumble bees. The theme was "You were 'mint' to serve. 'Bee' a servant to the Lord."
The decorations were made by Anita Woywod and Debbie Maniez.
Mary Etta Copeland presented A.B.W. president Luella Davis with a wall hanging of a large bee and other gifts.
Lana McPherson played the piano while Richelle, Jenna and Leslie Hodges and Mary Etta Copeland sang a special.
We each got to take two of the potted plants home with us.
Mittie Pingleton was able to attend with her daughter Lana McPherson. Paula Rhodes brought her mother Lois Duncan and Sue Allen's daughters were also in attendance. Sally Allen had her daughter Shawn and Shawn's twin daughters that live in Bonner Springs with her.
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Former De Soto resident Patty Neeland, who now lives in Pittsburg, called me Saturday to see how I was doing with all my handicaps right now.
I'm still wearing the boot on my left leg 24 hours a day except when I take a shower. I sleep with it on and wear three plastic bags over it to keep it from marking up my floors.
Patty said she and her husband, John, would be giving up the five foster children they have on May 26. She is being sent to Iraq in July with the medical division of the service.
She wants Debbie and I to come by for lunch when we go to the cemeteries in Missouri.
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My son Jerry, who had outpatient knee surgery last Tuesday, came home and about 15 minutes later, eight friends came to his house for a fish fry. He said he was able to "boss" it with his leg elevated.
He called me on Mother's Day and said he resigned as a teacher at the air traffic control center at Olathe. He had been teaching since he retired as an employee. He had learned his job skills while in the military. He said with his knee and other commitments, he thought it would be best to retire.
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The FCE from four counties -- Shawnee, Johnson, Wyandotte and Douglas -- met at the Grace Methodist Church in Olathe May 10 for the annual district recognition meeting.
The morning program was "Shifting Sands" about life in Arabia with a Saudi Princess by T.L. McCown.
Awards were presented to clubs and individuals. One lady from Shawnee County received her 70-year membership certificate and Spring Hill received its 75-year FCE recognition.
Because of illness or other appointments, no one from the Willow Springs FCE in De Soto was able to attend the meeting except Beverly Cunningham and myself. Beverly served the Johnson County Extension Unit for many years in different offices. She called me and offered her husband, Jim, to come and get me and take me to the meeting. They also located a wheelchair to have for me there. I was grateful for the privilege of getting to attend.
The afternoon program was a portrayal of the famous Julia Child by Claudette Walker. She actually looked like the famous television cook. She gave an excellent presentation.
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The Pleasant Hour Club will meet at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the De Soto United Methodist Church parking lot to carpool to the meeting at a bed and breakfast in Bonner Springs. Judy Siscoe and Brenda West are the hostesses.
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The Lawhead family furnished six potted plants for the annual Mother's Day recognition at De Soto Baptist Church Sunday.
Bessie Weese received one for being the oldest; the 7-1/2 week-old baby Zwahlen's mother received one; Nancy Prosser received one for the most; the youngest mother received one; I received one for my five children; and Tami Reeves got one for the most children present.
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The De Soto Baptist Church special during offertory on Sunday was played by Jenna Hodges on her clarinet. Her grandmother Mary Etta Copeland accompanied her on the piano.
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Those celebrating birthdays this week include Kenneth Lafferty, Omer Lafferty, Colin Jokisch, Ryan Thies, Brianna King, Nicholas Patterson, Bryan Roddy, Courtney Clark, Elizabeth Plummer, Janice Wilcox, Melinda Frehe, Mark Hanson, Dixie Kurtz, Kyle Walker, Kathy Hayden, Heide Gutnecht, Tari Thompson, Bobby White, Jennifer McDaniel, Jayme Wall, Jerry Prince, Sharon Kraus and my daughter-in-law Linda Nalley in Oklahoma.
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Those celebrating birthdays this week include Kenneth Lafferty, Omer Lafferty, Colin Jokisch, Ryan Thies, Brianna King, Nicholas Patterson, Bryan Roddy, Courtney Clark, Elizabeth Plummer, Janice Wilcox, Melinda Frehe, Mark Hanson, Dixie Kurtz, Kyle Walker, Kathy Hayden, Heide Gutnecht, Tari Thompson, Bobby White, Jennifer McDaniel, Jayme Wall, Jerry Prince, Sharon Kraus and my daughter-in-law Linda Nalley in Oklahoma.
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Those having anniversaries are Roland and Lucille Ohrenberg, Rob and Debbie Price and Bob and Shirley Thomas.
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I had the privilege of attending the 50th wedding anniversary of Tom and Alyce King at Zimmerman's barn Sunday afternoon with the help of my daughter Debbie and great-grandson Hayden.
I saw many friends there that I had not seen in years.
The picture display of former years, which their sons had arranged, was so good.
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Pat Weese was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center Saturday morning. Her son Jason said she'll be there a few days for tests. Bonnie Logan's niece is still in serious condition with pins in both hips and other broken bones after her trailer home was turned over with her in it at St. Joseph, Mo., when a tornado struck it.
Laura Long was able to attend church on Sunday after her recent surgery. Leona Robinson is better, she said, after her recent hospital stay at Olathe Medical Center. She said her children didn't recognize her when she was there when they came to visit.
Jess Boyd is making very slow progress after his two surgeries. Mike Montgall was able to attend church on Sunday after his recent hospital stay.
We went to the De Soto Cemetery Sunday. It is beautiful with all the peonies in bloom and all the colors and many graves with artificial flowers.
Frances Lawhead had been out earlier Sunday and told me how nice it was, so Debbie took flowers out to Luther's grave, too.

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