Marilyn “Maggie” Garis Kellow
Cynthia Williams Bohaker just got home from 3 weeks in Phoenix spending the holidays with family. Jane Walton Godfrey writes that they have been blessed with their first Great Grandchild! Elijah is now 3 months old, adorable and a joy to all. Jane and Dick are now known as “THE GREATS.” She reports that the rest of the family is OK too. Sally Crockett Martin says that after many great family trips over the decades and years in between living in Boulder, she took the risk and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. She found a lovely house, loves the Southwest, the arts, architecture, and variety of cultures. She feels that it is a wonderful place to spend the “remaining years.” Jeb Bennett Moran says that the results of her fall last May are still with her but are diminishing slowly. She continues to walk with a cane, is seeing a new neurologist and is confident of a full recovery. She had fun visiting her son’s family in Atlanta for Thanksgiving and to have them at her home for Christmas. Jeb sends news that Carol Horwath Klecka has suffered severe back problems and pain that are debilitating. Following hospitalization and rehab, she moved to a senior living facility in Venice. Jeb has visited her 4 times and observes that Carol is content and settling into her new home and routine. They also had the pleasure of a visit from Hood’s Emily VanderWoude in December. Jeb also reports that Carol Huelsen Warrington has had to deal with several serious medical problems in the past year. The latest was a fall when she suffered a break to her femur. She and husband Bob moved to Mays Landing NJ where they are close to family there. They are planning to come to their winter home: in Venice FL the end of January. Nancy Drew Picard and Howard have moved to Blacksburg VA………home of VA Tech where Nancy’s Dad was a student when it was all military. She says it feels like coming home. They live at Warm Hearth Village in a 2 bedroom townhouse and love it! Nancy “Bunny” Potter Richardson and Brian have moved to Southport NC. Brian is doing well after a mini stroke in September. Marthanne Stephens Smith is still fighting any thoughts of going to a retirement home. She complains much to husbands Duff’s chagrin about cleaning, laundry and COOKING, but will carry on! She still enjoys classes at a nearby community college and recently had a lovely week in Vermont visiting daughter Julia and family. Mary Allen Reynolds continues to enjoy museums, concerts, lectures, gym and shopping. She attended the US Tennis Open in NYC last summer with her son. They had a great time attending matches including Venus vs. Serena. In September, she traveled the Columbia River to study Lewis and Clark’s mission and in March she plans to travel to Africa and the Edinburgh Festival in August. Anne “Ricky” Merrick Vosti says life goes on with the usual challenges of a large family and aging. They all miss Ken every day but are slowly learning how to move on to a new path in the hopes of remaining useful. She has a dear friend at church who is almost 104, drives herself, volunteers at the hospital twice a week, adds spirit to life and is a definite a “role model.” Sara Lea Callaway Redmon writes – “Our calendars seem to be full of medical appointments! Carl and I will be going to the Cleveland Clinic for him to get a new heart valve. He is looking forward to having more energy and riding his motorcycle!! In October we did attend his 50th dental class reunion in Memphis. We enjoyed our stay at the Peabody (with the famous ducks!) and touring new medical colleges there.” I, Maggie Garis Kellow, really appreciate receiving news in such short notice. Life in WI is much slower, but I am thankful that I am still able to live independently. I don’t travel much, but did visit my sister and brother-in-law in Florida last July………..church and the senior center, plus activities here at my condo keep me as busy as I care to be involved. Hope we all have a Happy, healthy 2019.