1956: Winter 2014

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Becky Eppers Byrd and I had a wonderful phone conversation. She still likes her 55-plus retirement community. While visiting, Kathy Crook Heidelbach, Carole Oswald Carter and Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger joined them for lunch and a good visit. Becky’s daughter Carla is a media coordinator and won first prize for the state of North Carolina. Kathy had a successful knee surgery. She keeps busy with bell choir, the Chapel choir and the Choral group. I got to see her at a mutual friend’s wedding. Barbara Hanna Pour spends eight months in Baltimore and four months in Cape May, N.J. She had successful knee surgery and is back on the tennis court. Her Baltimore life is filled with being a docent at the Walter Art Museum, elder in her church, a garden club, women’s club and writes a church newsletter as well as book club. 60th reunion in 2016? We both hope so. Cynthia Bromberg Rogers’ big news is that she and Joe have moved to a 55-plus community in Florida. They like it so much they bought a house. Her new address is 8803 Vin Prestigio West, Wellington, FL 33411. She walks four miles a day on the treadmill and enjoys a lot of other activities. If in Florida, please stop by. Charmaine Sherry Palmer Smith has moved to a Del Webb retirement community. They will spend the football season in Michigan before returning to Bernalillo. She expects to see Kathy Bachmen Yen next August where they will attend the Santa Fe opera’s production of Carmen. Nancy Gunnet Tyler enjoyed a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. The weather was perfect, the seafood was delicious and the size of the area amazed her. She also had a quilt trip to New Windsor, Md., and joined me for lunch at the Virginian. She heard from Joy Garofalo Ranucci and learned they are finally back in their home after Sandy’s visit. They lost everything on the first floor. Mary Lu Urban Walker is having eye problems and like many of us has given up driving at night. Otherwise, they are enjoying life. Their daughter Ryan was married for the first time at age 54. Her new son-in-law is from the Netherlands but now a U.S. citizen and a delight. The four went together to Alaska and Canada. She keeps busy with exercise classes, book club, knitting group and volunteering. Anne Cokey Webber and husband moved into a small one bedroom apartment in a 55-plus retirement community in Santa Barbara, Calif., a year ago and “life is easy.” They both enjoy the new friends they meet around the dinner table. They keep busy and enjoyed a great trip to the Dalmatian Coast, Turkey and the Black Sea. Helen Ward Wheeler still enjoys the 55-plus community they moved into eight-years-ago. In April, she fell and broke her hip and wrist. She is healing well. I, Sarah Hurst Stonehurst, am enjoying my 55-plus community. Two pieces of my mixed media were accepted in a local art show. The next show one was accepted and won honorable mention. I have organized our library and become a welcoming ambassador. Thanks to the few that answered my request for news.

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