Originally sent Jan. 5
Well, this year has started off with lots of LHS News.....mostly good this time!
And I want to thank Marcille Covey for alerting me to a couple stories.
Sorry to report that Louetta (Matthews) Payne's husband, Joe, passed away Dec. 28 after a long siege ofAlzheimer's.
Louetta lives in Ohio near her kids. She is class '52.
Happy to report that my sister-in-law, Lugene Mushrush, was released from hospital today! Still on meds but quite a bit improved.
Prayers would still be most appreciated.
Want to wish '59 classmate & life long friend, Alice (Aurell) Choice and Robert (Bob) a very happy Golden 50th wedding anniversary this week. What a wonderful milestone and will be celebrated with a reception in Liberty, MO hosted by their children and grandchildren. Major congrats guys and many MORE!!
MORE: so very coincidental that Luther & Barb Green just sent a copy of newspaper clipping that features Alice. Taken in 1957 & printed in local Lawton paper, depicts a 'scene' from the upcoming Annual All-School play - 'You Can't Take it with You' under direction of Opal Ford.
Barbs mom had sent it to her because she & Alice both took dancing at Storey & Barton. Isn't it fun! So glad someone kept it all these years.
Alice and Ben Ansley, both '59 classmates! (see at right)
I just found out that Mrs. Silk celebrated her 89th birthday this past Saturday (Jan. 3rd). 'Family' took her out to lunch & she had a great day.
Later same day, a man transporting a trailer is thought to have sparked a fire that burned some 30 acres of land south of Lawton belonging to the Silks. He had a blow-out & not sure if that (?) or cigarette started the blaze. Very dry here.
Phone call to mutual friend from Sue (Chalk) Briggs. Sue called early this am from Cairo, Egypt where she extended her trip from Abu Dhabi. She is seeing sights from camel back! Sure hope she is taking pixs!!!!
From 'our time'......thought this interesting, not to mention the ultimate recycle.....the family of the late 1950's pop star/rock 'n roller, "The Big Bopper" (JP Richardson), plan to auction his casket on eBay in the next few weeks, almost 50 years after the Big Bopper was killed in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. (Feb. 3, 1959).
The Big Boppers 16 gauge steel casket was exhumed last year from its original grave at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont, TX so it could be moved to a more 'visible' location with a life-sized statue and historical marker. Recorded as rock 'n Rolls first great tragedy and referred to as 'the day the music died'.
... Chantilly lace and a pretty face.....
Happy to pass this along......"Please wish every one in class of 1951 a very happy new year from Eddy and Maria Jones in Baja, Mexico ~ Baskin' in Baja"
Also greetings from '59 classmate Stephanie (Lester) Beatty in NYC!
59' classmate Bob Winstead and his son are headed to Miami to attend the BIG game!
Numerous other locals also headed out for the game......yours truly plans to cook a big pot of Anasazi beans & ham, jalapeno cornbread, a few family members, few friends, put on my jeweled OKLAHOMA shirt, & park in front of my fireplace & TV! Not being a BIG sports enthusiast, that's the best I can do!!!! But, I will be shouting.......
GO SOONERS! WIN!
All for now.....Georgia