Larry & I married: 1-11-1969 Larry died: 12-21-2013
3 'bonus' children: Gordon, Janice, Kathy (born 1955, 1957, 1960)
1 'foster' daughter, Joni (born More…1959)
1 son, a Junior. Nickname: 'Lucky' (born 1975)
Did you graduate in January or June?
About My Career:
GM Diesel while in MI.
The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce while living in Indy.
Ducks Unlimited when in Memphis.
Kem Mfg. during location in Atlanta.
Diet Center Counselor and Manager in MS.
Activity Director for 121 bed nursing home in MS.
My favorite Redford memory cannot be anything other than being elected your Class Secretary. I also enjoyed being President of the Student Council.
Cathy Dritsas volunteered to be my Campaign Manager for Class Secretary, and she was the very best! Many friends made posters, purse tags, threw election parties and more. It was a fun time for sure! :-)
I loved school, both my Harding grade school days and my Redford years. Did I realize it at the time (?) I doubt it, but those sure were some of the best days of my life, and I'm thankful for all of you I had the privilege of sharing them with. :-)
Education after Redford:
"Signing" classes to work with the deaf.
I was trained in New Orleans to be a speaker for Christian Women's Clubs of America, which I did travel and do for years.
I was trained to be a counselor for Diet Centers. (A weight loss program, not as well known as Weight Watchers, but very, very good.)
I had many dieters who reached their goals, and it was a very satisfying position to have been able to help them. It was mostly women, but I did have a few men on the program, and a small number of children, when a doctor ordered the Diet Center specifically for that child.
I was trained and certified in Jackson, MS to be an Activity Director in MS nursing homes.
L I F E itself, the best teacher of all.
Military Service - When and Where
No, but thank God for those who were and are.
I married a Marine...does that count? Ha-ha :-)
Larry won a Caribbean cruise in 1994 that we took the same month as our 25th wedding anniversary. I had a wonderful time, but Larry stayed sick for most of the entire trip!
Oh the stories and laughs that have been told over the years about that experience! Ha-ha (No wonder he was a Marine and not a Sailor!)
Larry and I have done plenty of traveling besides the states we've lived in. AL, AZ, CA, FL, IL, KY, LA, ME, MA, MO, NV, NM, NY, PA, TX, DC, and what Detroit kid hasn't been to Canada, huh?
In 2001 while still working in the nursing home, I formed a chapter of the Red Hat Society.
My Dad came up with the name 'Brookhaven Blossoms.' Other names were voted on as well, and none of us knew who put in what name.
I was thrilled when I learned Daddy's was selected by a large majority.
Because I formed the chapter, I'm automatically referred to as the 'Queen Mother' (smile).
We do lots of good things in and for our community. We put up a 'theme' tree each year in the public library, walk in parades, have helped start Red Hat groups among the residents in nursing homes, and planted trees outside the senior citizen center.
We visit shut-ins, and try to bring cheer and happy memories into their lives.
We take trips, mostly day trips, and have lots of laughter, fun and fellowship among friends, who must be 50 years old or older for membership. There are not many rules beyond the age and that members wear purple clothing with a red hat.
For 22 years I was an AVON representative.
I qualified each year to be in their 'President's Club' through sales, of course, and have a cabinet full of what they call Mrs. Albee's.
She was the first Avon lady, and the statues are simply beautiful. The mold is broken at the end of the qualifying time each year, and since they never were an item that could be purchased, they're mighty priceless to those who care.
I make and sell cakes down here in Mississippi.
I have one that is a real favorite...could it be the BLACKBERRY WINE that's in it? Ha-ha
February, 2008 I saw that Jim Whitledge had visited my profile on Classmates.com.
I wrote him back immediately telling him I remembered him.
Jim and I decided we absolutely had to have a 50th class reunion.
All the names of those I've kept up with over the years, and the names Jim had were combined and gave us a good start.
By May we found 20 of our classmates willing to join us as 'search volunteers', and with all the workers in MI doing 'hands on' efforts, we had one fantastic reunion in 2009.
If, by chance, you are thinking of not attending our 55th, please think again. Life is short, and it's getting shorter for us all. Don't miss the chance to tell someone how much you cared for them, back when maybe you didn't appreciate things and people as you no doubt do today.
Life is still the best teacher!
I want to take this opportunity to thank Ken Kelsey for this fantastic reunion site. Classmates.com should take some lessons.
'User friendly' this one is, and it's just wonderful to be able to find and talk to folks you've thought about for years, but didn't have such a remarkable tool to reach out on. Thank you Ken.
1941-1971 MI ... 1971-1972 IN ... 1972-1973 TN
1973-1974 GA ... 1974-1975 TN ... 1975-1978 GA
1978-1979 MI ... 1979-1981 OH ... 1981-present MS
What grade school did you go to?
Warren G. HARDING
Did you attend any of our 50th Reunion Weekend Events September 25 - 26 - 27, 2009?
I attended the Friday Night Reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel
I attended the Saturday Night Banquet at the Embassy Suites Hotel
I attended the Sunday Morning Breakfast at the Embassy Suites Hotel
I attended the Harding Elementary School Event at Scotty's Fish & Chips
I attended the Parshallville Cider Mill Outing
I attended the Lunch at Doc’s Sports Retreat