Leon and Myrtle Coker drove Saturday to Pittsburg to visit a grandson who attends college there. They also visited former De Soto resident Patty Neeland, who had her husband, John, take a photograph of them at the front door. They brought me a copy of the picture, which I appreciated.
Leon will celebrate his 90th birthday with a gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at his and Myrtle's home, 32505 W. 83rd Street. He asks that no one bring gifts.
I remember when Leon and Marby Austin bet 25 cents on me being the same age as Leon. I never got paid off that high-stakes wager when they found out I was 18 months older.
The need for the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week is peanut butter and jelly. Crackers and white rice are needed next week. As always, paper goods and baby items are needed.
Calvin and Leona Robinson recently attended the Robinson Family reunion in Galena. They took Bobbie Robinson from Hillside Village with them. There were about 75 in attendance at the Galena City Park. Their daughter Carla, Mountain Grove, Mo., son-in-law, grandson Dustin and granddaughter Crystal also attended. Doug Robinson and his family were unable to attend.
Carla and Crystal visited the Robinsons this past week with 3-year-old great granddaughter Hunter. They went everyday to visit Bobby Robinson at Hillside Village and were and Doug and Pam Robinson in Olathe.
I had quite a surprise this past week when the former Barbara Buckey visited me with her three granddaughters. I'd not seen her in years. We did a lot of reminiscing and caught up on families. The girls got to play with my stuffed doggie.
My son Carlin and his wife, Nancy, called Sunday afternoon. They had their four grandchildren of Jalin and Anne Marie's staying with them, so they had them talk to me on the phone. The youngest is 4 and the oldest in 12.
- My friends Conrad and Betty Courtney came this week and brought me corn on the cob and four ripe tomatoes. They said they had four bushels of corn at home to shuck and were going to freeze it. They grow the tomatoes but not the corn. It was delicious -- Hayden thought so too.
Hayden's baseball team, the Heat, was in a tournament this week. They finished seventh in a tournament that had nearly 40 teams from across the United States. The team lost its last game Friday night.
Hayden got a medal with MVP engraved on it, which made me proud, too.
My son Edwin and his wife, Jeanne, called me Sunday from Texas. They had about 1.5 inches more rain Sunday. It wasn't forecast, and he had watered the yard earlier. Fifteen inches of rain was recorded to the south of them. I told them to send it to De Soto.
Their granddaughter Lisa, who was visiting her other grandmother in Marshall, Texas, didn't get a quilt made for her but a pillow with a picture. They all celebrated Jeanne's birthday by dining out after church.
Those celebrating birthdays this week are Jean Hoyt, Allison Flinn, Doug Bedford, Nancy McMillian, Bob Plummer, Donnie Allen, Lelani Taylor, Jon Copeland, Larry Gulley Jr., Graycee Reeves, Haley Hougham and my daughter-in-law from Texas Jeanne Nalley.
- The only anniversary I'm aware of this week is that of Bob and Gwendy Olivariz.
Ian and Lana McPherson brought visitors to the De Soto Baptist Church service Sunday, and Jean Epperson's brother and family from Lawrence filled two pews.
Luella Davis took donations for Sunday school supplies.
De Soto High School sophomore Joe O'Neil's Eagle Scout project involved a blood drive Sunday at the Harley Davidson dealership at Kansas Highway 10 and Shawnee Mission Parkway. Joe reminds us that every pint of blood donated saves two lives.
The De Soto Baptist Church had an honor Sunday when Jean Epperson's niece Tonyea Inglis and her husband and little boy here from Missouri sang solos for service. She reached the highest notes in her closing number of "The Lord's Prayer" with Mary Etta Copeland accompanying her of the organ. I told her she should come back every week.
Her son was adopted in Russia a year ago and is now almost 2 years old.
The Rev. Richard Copeland apologized for the sermon he delivered the week before by a cell phone. I thought it was so clear if you didn't look up at the pulpit you'd have thought he was there in person.
The De Soto Baptist Church will have a community health screening Aug. 13 at the church,
Answering questions after service about the scheduled four-step screening, Jennifer McDaniel said the screening was being provided by the Olathe Medical Center. There will be a drawing for two free screenings, she said. Also, participants can sign up for only two of the screenings offered.
The sick list this week includes Larry Hartshorn, who still is in Overland Park Regional hospital. Jean Maness gave us all a scare when she had a spell at her neighbor's garage and was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She's home now and thankful it wasn't anything critical. Sue Allen still is unable to attend church and has leg and knee problems. Leeland Penner is on our prayer list, and Faith Stan has been added. Linda Lane's mother is still fighting brain tumors and needs prayers. Kathy Hayden was unable to attend church and Elfreeda Payton had several skin surgeries at a dermatologist this past week. Bob Taylor remains in need of prayers, and Jeff Hodges' cousin is in a Wichita hospital. Betty Parr recently had surgery Kim Salyer still is wearing a boot after breaking her ankle. Bonnie Montgall asks for prayers for her sister.