Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2007


April 12, 2007

Addie Austin had her granddaughter Susan, who lives in Florida, visiting her from Wednesday until Sunday. Susan is the daughter of Addie's daughter, Hattie Jo.

  • Former De Soto resident Ruth Motzkus, who lives at the Sharon Lane Nursing Home in Shawnee calls Addie Austin often and asks about people in De Soto. Ruth lives closer to some of her family members in the Shawnee area now.

  • Don't forget the De Soto United Methodist Youth will have a Family Fun Day fund-raiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the De Soto United Methodist Church, 8760 Kill Creek Road.

Activities at the fun day will include a moonwalk, cakewalk, games and a cookout prepared by the United Methodist Men.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit the youth mission trip to St. Louis, Mo. this summer.

For more information, call Larry Cox at (913) 782-4059 or Brenda Crisco at (913) 782-8769.

  • Lydia McGrew went to spend Easter with her sister and families in Oklahoma. She left last Tuesday. Lydia lived here many years and worked in the school cafeteria. She now lives with her daughter in Eudora. She still comes to De Soto and plays cards and eats and visits at the De Soto Senior Center. She also runs a lot of errands for me. Her son still lives in De Soto.

  • Kendall Reeves brought a decorated Easter sack and decorative bowl with foil-wrapped candy Easter eggs and cards to her Sunday school teachers -- Doug Opdycke and myself.

  • The youth at the De Soto United Methodist Church served breakfast to the attendees after the Easter sunrise worship.

Adam Wilcox gave the sermon for the sunrise service and the children had their Easter egg hunt during Sunday school hour.

Lydia McGrew, Frances Lawhead and Sue Allen from the VFW Post 6654 ladies auxiliary went to the veteran's home April 2 to take treats. Many of the vets were sick and unable to go to the party. They served them.

The strawberry cake that Anita Woywod made was delicious as Frances Lawhead shared some with the Wednesday Bible group.

  • The Merrymakers Club met at the De Soto Pizza Hut for its April 5 meeting. The hostesses were Gladys Bowlin and her sister Nettie. They played Bingo until everyone won a prize.

  • My son Carlin in Illinois sent me a copy of an article "Park District, coach share milestones -- and love of sports" from The Lisle Sun. The column talks about Carlin and his 70th birthday and his commitment to school sports programs in Illinois. Carlin graduated from De Soto High School in 1954. He attended Kansas University for two years before transferring to Ottawa University on a football scholarship. He taught for five years in Pomona and two years in Council Grove before moving to Illinois, where his wife Nancy was from. She also attended Ottawa University. They moved to Lisle in 1966.

  • My son Edwin in Texas called me Sunday evening and asked about the weather here. He said it was cool there but they still had their outdoor sunrise services. They had a family dinner and their daughter-in-law had gotten back from Amsterdam.

The Methodist men in Edwin's church served breakfast after services.

  • Charles Lawhead stood with his 10-day-old grandson Noah at church on Sunday. He and Willette are proud of the new son of Rachel and her husband.

The Lawhead family filled two pews at the Easter services at De Soto Baptist Church. There were many other visitors as well as members present.

  • My son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Linda came to the sunrise services and breakfast at De Soto Baptist Church.

They had eight guests in their home since Tuesday including some cousins of Linda's and the daughter-in-law and children from Manhattan. They all left Saturday.

Jerry took me to the eye specialist Thursday.

My great-grandson Hayden, who lives with me, mowed on Friday. He used his grandpa's mower because mine is being worked on.

  • The 4 p.m. Hispanic services at De Soto Baptist Church on Sundays are well attended by those in Gardner, De Soto and Olathe.

The Olathe Bible Church will serve a lunch at noon to anyone who would like to stay following services this Sunday. They are doing this to show their appreciation for using the church for the Hispanic services each week.

  • The weekly Monday evening Bible study group at De Soto Baptist Church will not meet again until April 23.

The monthly brown bag Sunday will be collected Sunday. The donations of the American Baptist Women goes to the De Soto Multi-Service Center to help with utilities and other needed items.

  • Sympathy goes to Jim and Becky Keeney in the loss of their son.

  • My son and daughter-in-law Carlin and Nancy called me Sunday evening to see how my eye doctor appointment went. They were able to open a vein to put medication in for the bleeding behind my left. eye. I go back in two months unless I need to go sooner.

Carlin also had a beautiful corsage delivered to me Saturday. I told him I had worn it to church services on Sunday.

Carlin and Nancy had their Easter celebration with their children and grandchildren Friday evening because the children and their families were going to their in-laws for Easter.

Carlin has been selected to be on the committee to select the National Athlete Director of the Year at the coaches/P.E. conference.

He recently celebrated his 70th birthday. Nancy had a surprise party for him. She contacted one of his former football players from back in the 1970s and asked him to have the players e-mail birthday greetings to him. He said he received a lot. They told of some memories they had when they played and credited their success to him. He answered every e-mail, and their local paper ran a column about him.

  • The sunrise services at De Soto Baptist Church were well attended. Doug Opdycke, Jeff Coatney and Jean Epperson led in special litanies, prayers and readings. Lucas Walker sang a solo "Rise Again" with Mary Etta Copeland accompanying him on the piano.

A "passing of the nail" like Jesus had driven on him took place.

After services, church members went to the fellowship hall where the youth and their parents had prepared a breakfast for everyone.

All donations from the meal were given to the youth for expenses. The AB Girls provided table decorations.

  • Those celebrating birthdays this week include Blaine Lewis, Walter McDaniel, Matt Buehler, Keil Hileman, Nick Warren, Kara Askey, Audrey Tiedeman, my granddaughter Anne Marie Nalley, who lives in Galentine, Ill., and Madelaine Otto, who lives in the Valley Springs apartments.

Those celebrating anniversaries are Jim and Pam Plummer and my son and daughter-in-law Edwin and Jeanne, who live in Plano, Texas.

  • I need to make a correction from last week's Neighborhood News. There were only about 35 children marching and waving palm branches at the De Soto Baptist Church on Palm Sunday.

Rita Jones is the president of the United Methodist Women at the De Soto United Methodist Church, and I was told this week that Danny and Linda Lane moved to De Soto and no longer live in Olathe.

  • Richard Epperson was able to attend the Easter sunrise services at De Soto Baptist Church.

Remember Libby Stone in your prayers as she still awaits a badly needed transplant.

Mike Allen is slowly making progress at his rehabilitation at Indian Creek. Billy Boyd had knee surgery and is still confined to home. Luella Davis had surgery and is home now.

Raymond Tripkos has had medical problems lately. Junior Maness is making slow progress after his quadruple bypass surgery.

  • Lana and Ian McPherson announced they had a new granddaughter at Easter services at De Soto Baptist Church.

The Easter lilies and decorations were beautiful Sunday.

  • Glen and Ruby Nelson have returned home from their vacation to Padre Island. They both have a good tan. They probably should have stayed longer so they wouldn't have to come back to the freezing temperatures in Kansas.

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