ND 49/50/51 REUNION GROUP NEWSLETTER, 10/4/01      ndal1@juno.com 1-800-441-8092

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Well, we lost Lavelle Johnson in July.  He had been ill with heart disease for several years & had been on dialysis for two, but kept up with his life as well as he could, attending church & he did come to the Saturday night function of the Golden Reunion. (We sent a memorial donation to the American Heart Association.)  You recall he & LaVerne were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.  She is coping well, perhaps a somewhat easier task when you have had plenty of time to adjust to the idea that you will be alone.  Who knows.  We all must deal with loss & grief each in our own way.  Knowing ahead doesn’t make the loss any less of a hole in your heart.  Charlotte Lieman Webberman, Ja 51, is a certified grief counselor & will hold anyone’s hand who may need it.  She knows of what she speaks, as well, since she also had to go through the prolonged illness of her deceased husband. Charlotte Merchant Powell died in June in Roswell, GA.  Funeral was in Dallas, however, at Dallas Christian Church, so some of her old ND friends were able to attend.  And Harold Huggins brought the word that Bill Hall had died in July.  Bill had been diagnosed with prostate cancer just before the 2000 Reunion, & planned to have the treatment started upon his return to Colorado.  Rumor has it that JoAnn McGarr Gaddy is deceased.  Can anyone verify? And at the Bulldog Breakfast Wesley Gallemore confirmed that it WAS our Gene Bedford who died last spring. He spent his retirement, or more,  at Huntsville. Obit for Donna Styles Wall in Aug. DMN.  She had some kind of kidney disease, survived by six daughters.  Can you imagine she made it past their adolescence?

There was a nice article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram in July when North Dallas received a historical designation.  This is a means of preserving the building.  Plans are underway to build  a replica building across Haskell to add to the capacity of the school.  Haskell has already been closed as a thru street, & is a type of plaza now that will connect the two buildings.  The original plans are being used.  David Doggett was at this ceremony & remarked that when ND was built it was “out in the boonies.” John Hunt brought his copy to the July lunch for Emily Mitchell to add to the “memoirs” scrapbook, but somehow it got mislaid among the lunch trays.

You out of towners may not have thought about how well the internet works, but you can pull either the DMNews or the Star Telegram up on the screen.  News search is www.dallasnews.comTelegram is www.star-telegram.com,  And tune in to the ND web page, address at the top.  Bob McCauley puts these newsletters on when he gets them, as well as other tidbits of info about ND you might be interested in.

The July lunch was well attended, about 25.  We were delighted to have Houston Goodspeed show up.  He played a guessing game with himself in the cafeteria line,  trying to identify who we were. Phil Randol drove down from KS again & he & David Mills joined us.  Paul Harris is back from Europe, so able to eat Luby’s  food again.  Bill & Liz Lester Presley came, as did Peggy Duval & Martha Davenport Young Rosemary Rumbley had to speak at a nearby library at 2:00, so she had lunch with us beforehand, & Doug Johnson Newsom was unable to go to the Bulldog Breakfast, so came to the monthly lunch instead. Part of the fun of these lunches is getting to visit with others you ordinarily don’t get to see.

The Bulldog Breakfast, end of July, was a huge success for GNDAA, & our 3 classes had a small turnout….Bill Prewitt, John Travis, Jeff & Margie Vogel Aston, Bob & Carole Weiler Bohne, Emily Bennett Mitchell, David Doggett, Wesley Gallemore, Houston Goodspeed, Phyllis Chitwood Savell & husband Jerry, John Hunt, Joan Price Miller, Jerry Knight, Fred & Lucy Lisotta Hight, John Ragland, Rodney Williams, Mary Frances Luttrell, Tommy Joy Lovin Bosler, Ted Dusek. Next Bulldog Breakfast is January 26.  See Bulldog News for details.

We are supposed to have corrected  addresses sent back to us, & for the most part this has been successful, but then you have things like mailing to John Travis at an address the company moved from 3 years ago.  Needless to say he was not getting the newsletter.  And have had NO ONE return a letter from address we have for JoAnn Gaddy.  We also hear that Nancy Belk Smith is NOT at the address we have in College Station.  Can you please let us know where your friends are so we can update the roster?  Heard second hand that Beryl Greer Henry knew nothing about the Reunion, but we have been sending the newsletter to the address she gives.

August lunch was well attended.  We have a group of regulars:  Armenta Brown Singdahlsen, Mary Frances Luttrell, Eugene Graves, Emily Mitchell, the Hights, John (& Johnnie) Hunt, Jack Smith, Bob Wyatt, Charlotte Webberman who are there almost every month.  And a second group of irregular-regulars who show up: John Ragland, Nancy & Hugh Farrell, Don Schoenstein, Phyllis Chitwood Savell, Jeff & Margie Vogel Aston, Juanita Cole Ferguson, Juanita Pinyon Reedy, Kenneth & Linda Howell. We may be able to include Houston Goodspeed in this group. A few more who come 2-4 times a year, & we hope we are collecting some as irregular regulars: Kenneth Dortch, Peggy Duval, Frances Hagg Perkins, Paul Harris, David Doggett, Mary Ellen Ramirez Carvajal.  Rosemary comes every time she is free, as does Doug Newsom.  And then we added in Sue Willard Olivier, Paula Russell Winfrey, Liz & Bill Presley.  We had nearly 30 this time.  And we do make a bit of noise in Luby’s. But they tolerate us. We bring $$$. Same ol same ol in Sept, with addition of Bobby Phillips.  Good to see him. Sid Moore, Ja 49, hopes to come in Oct, being here for the Fair.  Some of his classmates need to come.

Planning ahead!  THE DECEMBER LUNCH  WILL BE ON SAT. DEC. 15 OUT IN COPPELL at Marjorie (Vogel) & Jeff Aston’s, 327 Rock Crest Court.  As before the meats will be provided, but you who come need to bring salad, vegetable, dessert or bread.  YOUR JOB is to call Marjie so we can get a head count,  214-488-1055, by Dec. 10.  Now, to find their place, go west on 635 from 35 to Belt Line exit.  Go north up Belt Line to 121.  Turn R on 121 to Lyndsie (3rd? street) & turn R.  The first cross street is Rock Crest Ct. Turn R. Please don’t let the distance deter you.  It should be a great time.  Jeff will “do” a brisket.

Now, before that.  WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER EVENING GATHERING NOVEMBER 8 (yep, that’s a Thursday) at OLE WHISKERS, 635 & GREENVILLLE, 6:30 P.M.  That is a fish all you can eat buffet for $8.95 for senior citizens on T-Th. (That’s why it’s on Thurs, as well as being less crowded & not interfering with weddings, anniversaries or 70th b’day parties).  They have fried/baked catfish, shrimp, fried chicken, (no beef) gumbo, fried okra, cob corn, baked potato, salad bar, cole slaw, variety of rolls.  Drinks extra.

Howard & JoAnn Milam Naylor celebrated 50 years in Sept. Liz & Bill Presley have reached the Golden mark in their marriage & celebrated with a cruise to Alaska in Sept.  Good for them.  And all of us who have endured, 40/45 years or more.

Brief bio this month.  Mary Ann Jund Baden married her h.s. boyfriend L.O, Humphries prior to graduation.  They had 3 children & divorced after 20 years..  She went on to learn how to live a single life managing a computer company and showroom at a Trade Center.  Then she became a nurse.  She says she cannot remember “not working”.  During this time she married Bill Baden.  She retired from the Lewisville Medical Center after 20 years, & shortly lost Bill to cancer.  So she began yet another life, moving to California, because she had met Dale Thornto through a mutual friend.  They have now married.  She has an RV & goes camping, does crossword puzzles, enjoys computer games & took a creative writing course.  She likes email if you want to reach her  gigitex88@hotmail.com. Her children are scattered, one in Carrollton, one in Nevada, one in Dallas.

Charlotte Jones Miller married Ed Miller, ND 48 a century ago.  They have lived a perfectly ordinary life, she being a PTA mom, soccer mom, baseball mom, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts.  She worked as a secretary for a short while immediately after graduation, but has had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom ever since.  Ed retired way back & they travel about to see their 4 children & 9 grands, play a lot of golf & enjoy reading. 

Don Shults was in the Navy for 4 years, then served the CAA/FAA as engineer in charge at the Radar Approach in Austin for 30 years.  He was Master of his Masonic Lodge, volunteer for Y-Indian Guides, Little League, & AARP.  Among those chores he drove the old folks in the Hill Country to medical appointments in the City.  He retired to Marble Falls, then moved to Dallas for a short while to sell his parents’ house, & returned to Marble Falls.  That, however, is simply a mailing address as he, like Dick Skoda, almost lives in his RV.  He is a good father still, as he hauls his kids stuff about in a little trailer when they ask for his assistance.



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