1948: Winter 2017

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Corky Edwards Shulman

Aloha, hoodlums…and Mele Kalikimaka from the islands, post-season! Having my son and family here for the holidays was special; Paul is now the CEO of Boulder (CO) Community Hospital with a room to be named after him! Daughter Kim and Grandson Arion still in residence, blessedly! And son Kevin and family still hang out in snowy Vermont. Wish I could share Janet (Ging) Beck Agnew’s photo: except the lighter hair, she looks exactly as in ’48, I swear! A recent family reunion, time with three great-grandchildren, a new grandchild this past July and a 90th birthday has kept Ging moving…along with a regular exercise class locally. (Whew!) Bette Blome Winyall writes of lunching with Hood’s new president, Andrea Chapdelaine: “She is an absolutely charming, caring, talented woman who should lead Hood to a bright future.” Watching her four grandsons thriving is a special blessing: the eldest about to be married, a career army man, a med-school applicant, and Philly, a special needs child, is her hero: “He lives with courage and determination each day!” (Bravo, Bette.) Elaine Henderson Cortelyou has been spending time with high school classmates all celebrating their 90th birthdays. She recently flew to visit her daughters in Raleigh and Atlanta. “Shifted to slow speed but hanging in there.”…(me, too). Nancy Naser Crawford lives in Salemtowne, Winston-Salem, a “wonderful retirement community” run by the Moravian Church. Nancy has severe spinal stenosis and moved to Salemtowne after a bad fall. A recent operation has brought some relief. “Under my circumstances, I couldn’t be in a better place…I’m happy here and send greetings to all the Hood Girls. I spent two very, very happy years at Hood.” Ginny Mansfield Almwrites, “All’s well, enjoying Florida’s run and life in the Villages. Wouldn’t it be nice to have another reunion? I get so nostalgic at this time of year!” (so do I). From Anne Chaney Mesmer: “We’re celebrating the holidays here with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!”(sigh…no ‘greats’ yet for me). Jayne Gillis deConstant is watching over the carriage house and has a wonderful apartment in New Hampshire. She is doing well after a sudden gallbladder attack. It has been removed, and she is recovering. She wishes everyone a happy Christmas and remembers Hood with great delight. Jayne is looking forward to better days ahead. She is able to observe a beautiful coastline in New Hampshire. Mariane Buckman Ewing passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Surviving her are daughter Anne and son Chad as well as three grandchildren. The card to Muriel Woods Buckley, 36 Gate 7, Carolina Shores, NC 28467 came back “unable to forward;” “Buttons” was her nickname, I recollect. Any ideas, anyone? All for now. Keep writing! Corky Edwards Shulman  

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