Archive for Thursday, May 14, 2009


May 14, 2009

The De Soto United Methodist Church Faith Brigade Relay for Life team sold 30 orders from pies, with fresh strawberry being the favorite. The bakers on the team were Jan Vaughn, Karen Walker, Judy Woelfel and Dorothy King’s close friend.

The church has a table in the back of the sanctuary for the purchase of luminarias to honor cancer survivors and those lost to the disease and their families. There is also a place to sign up for a drawing for a Wii console and a family pass to the De Soto pool.

On Sunday, De Soto United Methodist Church third-graders are to receive Bibles with their names printed in them.

Former congregation members Katy and Claude Cowart attended services Sunday at the De Soto Baptist Church for their 36th anniversary. The church’s parson, The Rev. Richard Copeland, officiated their wedding.

The Lawheads always give potted geraniums on Mother’s Day. Bessie Weese received one for being the oldest mother. Other plants were given to the youngest mother, mother with the most children present and mother with the most children.

The De Soto Baptist Church youth from sixth- through 12-grades will have breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Gulley home. The will be a reception for the new De Soto High School graduates at noon Sunday at the church. It is also Brown Bag Day.

The De Soto Baptist Church mother-daughter brunch Saturday morning was titled “Pattern for a Princess.” The tables were filled with food. Linda Lane did the welcome, while Lana McPherson gave the table grace. Vergie Opdycke gave a beautiful message in costume, and Holly Balch sang “I’ll Be,” with Gale Kramer doing the closing. It was very well attended with many daughters present I hadn’t seen in years.

I had a nice Mother’s Day present when Jerry planted red and white geraniums in the flowerbed. Also Mike brought me red roses and my son Carlin of Illinois sent corsages for Debbie and me. I also received a huge bouquet of tulips from my grandson Chris. Edwin sent a tape of Lisa singing, and Debbie gave me shopping things. I received cards from all my children, grandchildren, my sister-in-law and friends.

I attended the National Day of Prayer observance last Thursday at the Community Center with Elizabeth Taylor. City Clerk Lana McPherson put the program together. Lexington Trails Middle School eighth-graders performed several songs. The De Soto VFW Post 6654 honor guard read the opening with Mayor Dave Anderson and several ministers also asking for God’s blessing for our community and nation.

I also attended the Senior Citizen’s Prom Saturday evening at the high school with Jean and Richard Epperson. The jazz band provided the music for the many teens and few seniors who danced. They served us dinner and Jean and I were lucky enough to receive a geranium. It was a nice evening.

Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Richard Blanton, Larry Lafferty, Gary Bickelmeyer, Dave King, Brianna King, Blake Lindbloom, Omer Lafferty, Kyle Walker, Heidi Gutknecht, Kathy Hayden and my daughter-in-law Linda Nalley.

Those having anniversaries include Dee and Jim Aubert, who are celebrating 45 years, Junior and Jean Maness, Roland and Lucille Ohrenberg, Bob and Debbie price and Bob and Shirley Thomas.

The sick list includes Quita Tankersley, who is in Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Betty Kessler’s grandson, Vicki and David Hall’s son, needs our prayers. He has a bionic heart valve and is only 40 years old and was classmate of Jon Copeland and Tami Reeves.

Our sympathy goes to the family of Bobbie Ritter. Her services were Wednesday. Sympathy also goes to the family of Joe Rawie with the passing of his father.

The need at the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week is for tuna. The need next week is for macaroni and cheese, raviolis and Spaghettios, fruit cups and snacks. There is also a need for baby items and paper goods.

I had a surprise Friday when my son Mike from Oklahoma visited. He was traveling and stopped to see me for Mother’s Day. He spent the weekend here and attended the De Soto Baptist Church brunch with Debbie and me (he was the only male in attendance). He got to see a lot of former schoolmates and friends. Of course, I put him to work. He pulled out the stove and cleaned under it. He did get to Lawrence to visit his friend Gary Lucas.

My daughter-in-law Jeanne called Sunday evening from Texas to wish me happy Mother’s Day. She and Edwin had dinner at their daughter-in-law’s home. Their daughter Paige has to wear a boot on her broken ankle for another week.


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