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By Jo Ellen Dale
I hope all of you had as happy a Thanksgiving as I did.
My younger son Chuck and I went to St. Louis on Thanksgiving Day to feast with my daughter-in-law’s family. There were 30 or so of us and it was a wonderful day.
Next day, on our way home, Chuck and I stopped for lunch at a favorite restaurant, Annie Gunn’s, and were met by old friends of his and my late son Dick’s from college days. Two of my grandsons joined us and again we had much good food and fellowship.
Bonnie McCalley writes that she had a visitor recently from Bastrop, Texas. It was Kate McCalley, who is the daughter of the late A.V. McCalley. Then on Thanksgiving Day Bonnie McCalley and her daughter, Elise Pointer, along with Erik and Sally Pointer of Lexington attended the 54th Beary family reunion with 69 people in attendance. How wonderful to have that many family members with whom to visit.
As happens too often, when I was checking my notifications on Facebook my computer went haywire. Of course I called my faithful tech, John Richardson, who will always come to help me out. He had it up and running in no time and we visited a bit after.
John and his wife Opal enjoyed Thanksgiving with their daughter, Jonelle Hall, her husband Eric and sons, Evan and Jordan. John says that 12 of them enjoyed good food and visiting. The Halls live in Oak Grove. I envy those whose children are close enough for frequent visiting since mine live much farther away.
Looking at my calendar for next weekend, I find several events on Saturday, Dec.1. The P.E.O Christmas luncheon will be held at noon at Hometown Pizza, there will be chili at the Shrine Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and I am invited to the Richmond News Christmas party at 4 p.m.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” which always makes me turn a nostalgic eye to Christmases past but a hopeful one to Christmases to come. I am looking forward to hearing more about your Thanksgiving celebrations and what you are planning for Christmas and the New Year.
This is a very special family time of year and I know everyone loves to hear what their neighbors, friends and others are doing for the holidays.
I have just learned that on Nov. 16 Elise Pointer conducted the Missouri Mid-State Conference Choir held in Leeton, and then on Nov. 19 she served as a clinician for South Valley Junior High School in Liberty.
Elise comes from a family of talented musicians and her choirs have won many honors during her years teaching and directing.
Hope to hear from you soon. Until then, stay warm and enjoy the season.