1945: Winter 2014

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I bring you news from The Nifty Nineties Class: I just celebrated my ninetieth birthday a month ago with family, cake And another occasion with friends and wine. Our class used to sing together, remember? “Fortyfive, fortyfive, we’re the class with the VIM, we’re alive!…on to Victory we strive!”1 Oh, yes! The war began in our freshman year and ended when we graduated. For me, that led to two years of teaching at the high school in Frederick, then married my Navy pilot with Phyllis Green McCardell and Connie Delphy attending at the church on Frederick’s courthouse square. Fast forward, I’ve been an Oregonian ever since, raising three sons and doting on seven grands and five ( soon to be six!) greatgrands. Bruce died ten years ago, I sold our beach house and have lived in a cozy condo ever since. I’ve been lucky to have good health, most of my marbles and manage to drive and keep up quite a few activities, book club, bridge, school volunteering, etc.Over the years, Carol Beal Head and I have been in touch and shared visits and Hood reunions. Carol is still in the home she and Ed shared for years and  her two sons and daughter, Suzanne, live near by. Ed died last year and Suzy has endured many surgeries from cancer, also lost her husband, but perseveres. Carol uses a walker, but has great home help so gets out for bridge and socializing. Fran Delaplaine Randall keeps busy writing books, has made a goal to complete a chapter a month of Frederick’s history and her family’s part in it. When we spoke, she was scheduled to present a talk that very afternoon. She stated, however, that she IS a dinasour, has no computer, and likes writing the old fashioned way.( That’s VIM !!I ) I spoke to Lois Long Harley’s son-in-law who reported Lois is now living in a Florida retirement home, and dealing with Alzhelmer’s in a memory area. Our best to her and daughter, Hope. Sarah Wrenshall Steinmark sent an email some time ago that she and her husband had moved to a lovely retirement home in Pittsburgh to be near their daughter. They have met some very nice people and ” deal with some ailments…to be expected at our age”, I think we all understand that! She remembers Hood days with great fondness and sends best wishes to all of the class of 1945!

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