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Edith Armend Holtermann
There are a few corrections from the summer issue. Betti Detrick Williams and Don are living full-time in New Hampshire; they no longer have a home in Florida. They have two great-grandchildren, both in Massachusetts. Betty had 21 art shows this past year, many of them held outdoors. Painting five days a week and playing bridge once a week keeps her busy. She belongs to four art organizations and exhibits her paintings in five galleries.
Ruth Gold West does not live with her nephews; she lives in Paoli, PA, in the home of her late husband, Westy, which is next door to Ruth’s family home. Ruth and her friends did extensive cleaning and painting, and Ruth built five gardens on the property. Her friends take her shopping. She met with Helen Buch Thorpe for dinner in Ocean Grove. Ruth is working on her sixth science book.
Eleanor Rao Witthoefft met husband Arthur at the Cranbrook (not Cranford) Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI, during the summer of 1949. They celebrated their 59th anniversary this past June. She celebrated her 82nd birthday in September and says she is “working up to 100.” She is in Sarasota, FL.
Mary Mitchell Durland was sorry to have missed Reunion. She had to undergo knee replacement surgery and spent the summer in physical therapy. She still wears a leg brace but was cleared by her physician to fly to Palm Springs, CA, to visit her daughter for Christmas and then head to Naples, FL, where she will stay through April.
Adelaide Hodgman Marx also had a knee replacement and missed Reunion. With physical therapy things are coming around, and she can do the usual activities. She hopes to travel more this year.
Elizabeth Williams was sorry to miss Reunion and not see her “old phys-ed pals.” Libby lives on the shore in Daytona Beach, FL.
Ellen Turner Odegaard’s husband reports that Ellen has had Alzheimer’s for the last eight years. He cares for her at home, with some assistance. Ellen enjoys watching old movies with him.
Betty Jean Anderson Heartfield, who has been using a walker for over a year, is in assisted living in Jupiter, FL. BJ had a nice chat with Leah Cunningham Wood, whose husband, Chuck, died in September from complications of Parkinson’s. Leah’s son and daughter helped her create “A Celebration of Life” in Chuck’s honor at the chapel in their Boca Raton community life-care facility. It featured two barbershop quartets, and Leah says, “Chuck would have loved it.” She is thankful for all her uplifting friends there.
Elinor Huckle Groff has moved to a retirement community in Westlake, OH, near youngest son Jim.
Georganne Hinchliff Eggers suffered a broken pelvis last spring and could not attend Reunion. She had been helping a lady in a wheelchair get on a movable staircase at the Tucson, AZ, airport when the wheelchair fell back on her. The lady was fine and never knew that the incident resulted in Hink spending seven weeks in a hospital. In September, Hink and husband Gordon flew to Chico, CA, to visit their son’s large sunflower-seed growing complex. While there, she met up with Siggie Sletteland Behring and husband Ed. The women enjoyed two days of California hospitality and remembering old times while their husbands fished.
Nancy Hosking Junkins missed Reunion due to the acquisition of a new hip. She is now fully recovered and back on the go. Nancy and hubby Alan are planning a trip west to visit their brothers—Alan’s in Las Vegas, NV, and Nancy’s in Spokane, WA. She encourages classmates to visit her in Maine.
Judy Sturtevant Harris couldn’t make Reunion because she was attending a grandson’s high school graduation in Georgia. Judy and husband Howard are delighted that daughter Mary Grace moved to a house about a mile away. Judy is garden club president, tends her own garden, and does photography; she also chaired the reconstruction of her church.
Carolyn Cain Willen regrets not making it to our 60th; she was recovering from two broken ribs at the time. After selling her condo in 2008 she moved into a 20-year-old house in Maine. Unfortunately, she forgot to winterize the pipes, and the drains froze.
I enjoyed Reunion and seeing everyone who came. This past summer I spent time at the beach, tended my vegetable garden (which was very productive), and visited daughter Dawn in New Hope, PA.