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Ruth Gold West is getting to know her home in White Horse Village. She is making many friends and sings in the choir. The loss of her twin sister, Mary, last May was hard to bear, but she was comforted by the love of friends.
Adelaide Hodgman Marx hosted all 31 cousins (including spouses) at her home in the Massachusetts Berkshires this summer. She took a three-week trip, spending a week in Rome
and two weeks at sea on a cruise ship touring the western Mediterranean and North Africa.
Marge Fee Neff’s grandson Jimmy attends USC of the East in Columbia, SC. Marge and Charlie attended a company convention in Hilton Head late last fall
before traveling on to Williamsburg and Annapolis for a visit.
Phyllis Dye Turner has given up her horses, golden retriever, and cat. She has five grandchildren and hosted a gathering of four children and their spouses in Santa Fe in September and Scottsdale, AZ, in March.
Leah Cunningham Wood had a great summer. She and Charles were driven from Pennsylvania to Raleigh, NC, by their son; their daughter drove them the rest of the way to Boca Raton, FL. Leah doesn’t drive at night anymore, due to vision problems.
A Greenwich, CT, newspaper featured an article about Mary Mitchell Durland, whose book What Are You Doing Today?,
a collection of leisure projects, is being released this year. Her first book, Mr. Thank You So Muchly, went into a second printing. Mary visited daughter Susan in Palm Springs, FL, in January before heading to Naples, where she stays until May. Mary’s colon cancer is in remission, and she expects to be “out of the woods” in two years.
Beulah Schwarcz Edwards and Arthur took a Caribbean cruise with their daughter and family over the Christmas holidays.
Dottie Schaap Adler and Herb are in Florida, where they are playing lots of golf despite Herb’s aches and pains.
Joan Hull and Dale set off from Ft. Lauderdale to sail on 11 seas. Joan swam in Tahitian-isle water loaded with stingrays and sharks; luckily there were no bites. Son Scott met them in Bangkok, and the trio sailed through the heavily guarded Suez Canal behind three US warships, grateful that they were not in a war zone. The Hulls flew to the Berkshires in June for their 50th anniversary and spent a day at the PGA Women’s Golf Tournament in Newport, RI. Closer to home, they gave up lawnmowing for a plastic grass called Heavenly Green. “Now all we need for lawn care is a leaf blower,” she says. The couple spent Thanksgiving in Kentfield, CA, with son Dan and daughter Darcy and their families.
Bonita Springs, FL, residents Joan Fredericks Whetstone and husband Stan traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to complete a cruise around Cape Horn. Joan went to Colorado in June to attend an Elderhostel and enjoy a family visit prior to heading to Park City, UT, for a three-month stay at
a ski lodge. She and Stan celebrated his 81st birthday at the Great Salt Lake. On the way home they took in an Elderhostel program at the Hearst Castle in Cambria, CA.
Mary Lou Woodruff Street and Bud also cruised around Cape Horn, stopping at Buenos Aires, Chile, and the Falkland Islands (to check out the penguins). Bud had an abdominal aortic aneurysm in October but is now fine. Grandson Jason graduates from Syracuse University in May and will head off to India for software training.
Betti Detrick Williams and Don closed their Maine gallery and live half the year in Naples, FL. A member of three art groups and represented in four galleries, Betti paints three days a week and frequently exhibits her work. Son Don creates pottery and contemporary art pieces. If you see a 2002 PT Cruiser with license plate “BETTI,” give a wave!
“Being 80 is no fun,” says Ruth Gold West. She is in an assisted-living complex, White Horse Village in Pennsylvania, and belongs to the 70-member village chorus. She saw Do Plumb Petersen on Long Beach Island last summer; Do still plays golf but walks with a cane.
Nancy Hare Dunn took her annual jaunt to Florida in January. She is doing well.
Helen Buch Thorpe, who has been living with daughter Anne the past year, will move into her
new house this spring. In February she spent 10 days in Mexico with son Phil and family, helping to baby-sit a 5-year-old and a 15-month-old.
I ran a successful card party for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Staten Island Historical Society, of which I am president.