Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2007


May 17, 2007

The De Soto Baptist Church Relay For Life team had a cake and pie bake sale following Sunday services. I was told they sold out.

  • The De Soto United Methodist Church Agape Circle will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the home of Nancy McMillen.

The Silver Circle and Reading Circle both met earlier in the week.

  • The Merry Makers Club met May 3 at the De Soto Pizza Hut with Helen Davis as the hostess. After the meeting, they played bingo until everyone won a prize.

  • The Pleasant Hour Club will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at the De Soto United Methodist Church.

  • The Willow Springs FCE will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot at the De Soto Baptist Church to go to Hillside Village to have its monthly birthday party.

Each club member is asked to bring cookies. Leona Robinson is making the punch.

Council representative Judy Hartshorn is planning to attend the county council meeting at 1 p.m. May 21.

County council officer Beverly Cunningham came by my house Friday and brought me the March county council handouts since no one from the Willow Springs unit was able to attend.

  • The mother-daughter and friends brunch at the De Soto Baptist Church May 12 was well attended.

The centerpieces were handbags filled with colorful tissue paper. The person at each table who had a happy face sticker in their "goodie place bag" won the centerpiece.

American Baptist Women president Luella Davis gave the opening prayer. The girls quartet made up of Jenna Hodges, Jessica Reed, Leslie Hodges and Gretchen Reeves performed. Mary Etta Copeland accompanied them on the piano.

Lana McPherson compared the shepherd's purse of long ago to the purses carried today.

Many mothers brought their daughters or vice versa.

Sally Schrader had her daughter Beverly from Kansas City and her neighbor Wilma Winn in attendance. Sue Allen had her daughter Susan from Lawrence and I brought my friend Mary Allen as my guest.

  • I had a wonderful Mother's Day. I received a lift chair, money, flowers, dinner and cards and telephone calls from my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Karen Wall asked the congregation at De Soto Baptist Church for donations for Vacation Bible School, which is June 4 to 8. Donations are needed for the teddy bears the children will stuff. The children will make one for their overseas friend and one for themselves.

Different food items that go along with the theme of the day are also needed. The first day is "A Trail Mix" which includes cereal, candies, fruit and nuts. There is a different snack every day of VBS.

Brown paper grocery sacks are also needed to build the Jericho wall.

The community is invited to make donations to the program.

Organizers of the Vacation Bible School would like pre-registration for the school because there are many different activities and crafts. All children in the community, from age 3 years to fifth grade, are welcome to attend.

  • The American Baptist Girls will have their meeting this week with Mary Jo McDaniel. The ABW meeting was canceled for this month.

  • The Lexington Trails Middle School bands performed at the high school May 12 for the senior citizens. The honor society students served a spaghetti dinner to many senior citizens.

I was able to attend and I got to see many friends I hadn't seen in a long time.

  • The former Christy Davis called me over the weekend. She always says I'm the friend on the other side of the railroad tracks.

I asked her to tell her brother Steve Davis to come get a bird out of my fireplace because it fell down my chimney. They came Saturday morning and put a mesh wire on top of my chimney. I appreciate my longtime neighbors coming to my rescue.

I have also been fortunate lately to have two girls that have done some housecleaning for me.

  • My great-grandson Hayden Chandler, who lives with me, keeps busy with ballgame after ballgame. Every evening he either has practice or a game. It keeps his grandmother Debbie busy driving after she gets off work. Sometimes he doesn't get home from a game until 11 p.m.

His team won 18-8 Saturday.

Hayden won first place in a recent pitching contest in Lenexa. He'll compete in another week at Paola for a regional contest and if he wins first there, he'll travel out of state for competition.

  • As she has for many years, Frances Lawhead furnished potted geraniums Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church for several mothers who received special awards.

Dorothy Erickson was the oldest mother in attendance. She is 97. The youngest mother was in her early 20s. Another mother won for having the most children in attendance. I received a geranium for having five children.

  • My son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Linda Nalley, Overland Park, went to Manhattan after church Sunday to visit family.

  • Those celebrating birthdays this week include Brianna King, Janice Wilcox, Elizabeth Plummer, Kyle Walker, Heidi Gutknecht, Kathy Hayden, Omer Lafferty, Tari Thompson, Jennifer McDaniel, Bobby White, James Wall, Kenneth Lafferty and my daughter-in-law Linda Nalley in Oklahoma.

  • Those celebrating anniversaries include Rob and Debbie Price, Jim and Dee Aubert and Roland and Lucille Ohrenberg. My grandson Bradley Chandler and his wife, Colleen, who live in Gardner, will celebrate their first anniversary Sunday.

  • My son Jerry and I attended the memorial services at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence last week for Robert and Merrie Rose. Oral memories were shared and films were shown of both of them with their children and grandchildren. Robert was a past photographer for Kansas University and other companies. He also had a business of his own in photography as well as carvings. The Roses were the parents of my daughter-in-law Linda in Oklahoma.

  • My grandson Chris Chandler called me on Mother's Day to see how I was doing.

  • Addie Austin is feeling better now. She still has a therapist come in for her health needs. Julie Beck still needs prayers for her health. Charles Lawhead Jr., fell at his mother's fishpond and landed on his back. His arm is in a sling now and he is seeing a surgeon. David Childers was able to stand on his leg this past week. Kathy Hayden needs our prayers for her health problems.

  • Sympathy goes to the family of Jody Below's aunt in her passing.

  • Needed items at the De Soto Multi-Service Center include peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, vegetables (other than corn or green beans), soups (other than tomato), breakfast bars, juices, paper goods and baby supplies.

  • My great-granddaughter Lisa and my son and daughter-in-law Edwin and Jeanne in Texas called me on Mother's Day.

They said gas prices were in the $2.75 and lower range.

They had taken Lisa to the hospital where she had her leg surgeries for a Scottish Rite fun day.

Michael and Linda from Oklahoma called me too. They said they had their children and families at their home for Mother's Day. The children went swimming in their pool.

  • My son and daughter-in-law Carlin and Nancy called me Sunday from Illinois to wish me a Happy Mother's Day. They sent me pictures of their three grandsons and told me about their school activities. They also told me their son John's wife drove her four children, ages 4 to 12, to Notre Dame in Indiana for a contest in Irish Jig. They all won several prizes in the competition.

I caught them up on news form Kansas. They said many of their friends have asked how close we are to Greensburg, so Carlin shows them on a map.

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