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Betty’s Week

By Betty Shearer

    I got to attend another excellent Lenton Luncheon in First United Methodist Church at noon last Thursday. Brad Sartor, associate pastor of the church, led the congregation in singing praise songs, which we all enjoyed. He accompanied on the guitar.

    Rev. Harold Spraberry, pastor of Water Valley First Presbyterian Church, brought a very timely  message. He is a great preacher. Several members of the church had made delicious barbecue, along with baked beans, cole slaw, and some wonderful cakes for dessert.         These services are welcomed by the community, as they prepare us for the Easter season. Table decorations each week are also very beautiful.  I do appreciate the efforts of members of FUM, the guest speakers and musicians, who prepare these services each week.

    If you’ve missed them you have really missed treats. This week’s speaker will be Bro. Brad Sartor, associate pastor of FUM. Come out Thursday at noon and hear a great message and music, enjoy delicious food, and wonderful fellowship.

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    Jimmie and Bo went to Jackson to sit with Brother Terry last Friday, who had surgery earlier in the week. He is still in the hospital, but is slowly improving. I went over for the day to take care of mom. Brothers Rance and Don, who both work for LMT, joined us for lunch. I’d made bread pudding, so they thought it worth the drive.

    The Pope/Water Valley Road just gets prettier and prettier this spring. Now all the wisteria is blooming and, in some areas, it covers trees some 60 to 70 feet tall, and often is on trees for several 100 feet along the road side. All the redbuds are in bloom and many dogwoods are starting to bloom – hope they can hang on until Easter.

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    Friday night Lucia Holloway invited me to join her, Mary Ann Woods, and Louise Herron, for a trip to Oxford to take in the performance of the Air Force Jazz Band, Airmen of Note, based in Wash-ington. In Oxford we picked up Anne Watson. I had not visited with her in several years and it was so good to catch up on what is going on in her life.

    There were so many folks from the Valley attending this performance. Also it was good to speak to former Vallian, Wilbur Todd (for you new comers, Wilbur is a brother of Charlotte Parker). Sitting with us was Mrs. Doris Reedy’s daughter, Gloria, and her husband, Al. Mary Ann is her aunt (she’s Mrs. Reedy’s sister in case you didn’t know). I’d met Gloria years ago at a service at Camp Ground (Bro. Reedy was filling in for our pastor).

    The music program was excellent. I was expecting a big band, but was very pleased that it was a jazz band. Jazz bands  and brass quintets are my favorites. Jim, of course, plays regularly with the brass quintet, El Paso Brass. In his first two years as a professor at New Mexico State, he was the director of their jazz band.

    Airmen of Note is celebrating their 60th anniversary. They are patterned after the Glen Miller Band of World War II fame. Included in our programs was a CD which included many tunes the Miller Band made famous – it’s a treasure.         The vocalist for the group was Paige Martin, who was great.

     Prior to the concert Lucia took us for a short tour of the campus to see the beauty there – thousands of tulips, other annuals, and redbuds, dogwoods, crab apples, and many other trees and shrubs. That campus, along with Oxford, are worth a sight-seeing trip. Thanks for a lovely evening Lucia.

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    On the hill I  missed a lot of the bad weather we had over the weekend. Had no bad lightening, wind or hale and a lot less rain that was reported in other areas. Many in today (Monday) told me about terrible lightening and thunder, torrents of rain, and even some pretty good size hail.

     More rain is promised for Wednesday. The reports are that we need the water, seems Enid is still low, as is the water table.

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    I was watching television Sunday morning, prior to leaving for church. Shown was the shooting of President Ronald Reagan 30 years ago. I was amazed at how critical his wound was. He lost about 40 percent of his blood. They stated that had he been taken to the hospital he should have gone to he probably would have died. They realized how critical he was and took him to the newly established Trauma Center, where he received the care he needed and much faster than he would have in a hospital.

    It seems that trauma units were just coming into being at this time. I had no idea – thought we’d had them forever. The doctor attending the president was shown 30 years ago and then at the present—he looks younger now than he did then. I think he was one of the military doctors, who helped create the trauma units.

    These doctors came home from service and quickly found that their facilities in service were better for attending to trauma than that in ERs, thus came the units we have today that save so many lives. Medical treatment has come a long way in such a short time.

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    Word has been received of the death of long-time friend, Dessie Caulfield, another of the Class of ‘34 – Ludie’s class and our adopted class. Just a few days ago Dessie was presented the Arts Council Ed Shearer III Excellence in Arts Award. I’m sure this was Dessie’s last public outing and she seemed to enjoy it so much and looked amazing well.

    It was good to get in this last visit that meant so much to both of us. Thanks to the Arts Council for honoring Dessie and Ed, and also the first recipient of this award, Stanley Crow. Dessie will be missed by all of us. She was dedicated to her family, her hometown, her church, her poetry, and to all her friends. She was a dear person and I will miss here so much. Sympathy is extended to Barron, Mary Alice, Dorothy, all her grands, and other family.

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