Originally sent Jan. 7
I am so very sorry to report that Mona Thomas passed away Sunday evening. (Jan 6, 2008). Mona is the mom of three classmates, our '59 classmate Kay Tillman, Betty Edmondson - class '56, and sister Sammy Deutschendorf - believe class '53. She is also Aunt to our '59 classmate Larry Ray. Funeral services will be Wednesday Jan. 9, at Centenary Methodist church here in Lawton, 10:00am.I know you will join me in extending sympathies to the girls and their families and to others who have also lost loved ones recently.
Also passing, Donald Joseph "Jinxie" Bread, Sr., 63, of Elgin. He was raised in Lawton & Carnegie, attending schools in both places but shown as a 1962 grad of LHS. Services were on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Lawton.
And another loss, former Lawton resident and '69 LHS grad, Linda Kay (Markham) Flagg of Austin, TX. A memorial service will be held Jan. 12 at Cook-Walden Hill Country Cremation Garden in Pflugerville, TX.
'56 grad Tom Wells emailed to say that he & wife Judy have left cold, snowy, Kansas and headed south for the winter. They will be nesting in San Antonio until the spring thaw when they head back to Kansas. They plan to stop in Ft. Worth to visit with Roy & Sue Sullins. Roy is still continuing well with his re-cooperation from car wreck in October.
Also an email from class '56 Patsy (Conner). Patsy lives in Arkansas but spent the holidays in the Teton Valley with her son and family. They chopped their own Christmas tree there in Wyoming. We had been discussing cutting your own tree and I mentioned that a friend of mine gave me the cardinal rule of thumb on Christmas tree cutting some years ago...he said, "remember, they look smaller in the field." He also told of having to major lumberjack the tree to get it to fit into the stand and the house and as soon as it was inside and 'warmed up'....bugs of all types woke-up and began swarming around! It was a funny story & sealed the deal for an artificial tree in a bug-free box for me!
Some have emailed and had one call from a relative in FLorida asking about the grass fires in our area that have made national news. Terrible fires on Friday, north up by Fletcher. Part of interstate was closed for awhile due to smoke. On Saturday, fires west over by cache, several homes lost or damaged. On Saturday/Sunday, fires east toward Duncan, Punkin Center area, many acres burned & some property lost. Friends of ours in all areas sustained damage to property. Fortunately, as far as I have heard, no one hurt. State is considering a fire ban but think these were all accidental.
Other than dry, beautiful here on Saturday, mid-70's. Sunday too! Yours truly took advantage to do some yard work! No, can't tell but was good to be outside! Opppsss.....here on Monday...clouds coming in...change in the air! Colder! Regards to all...... Georgia