Jo’s Jottings: Hardin family’s surprise visitors no strangers to Ray County

By Jo Ellen Dale

I must begin this column with corrections. Due to my hearing impairment, I thought I heard that Christa Merrifield’s name was now Traylor and it is Salyer.  Mea culpa! And in the item about the ‘73 class reunion some glitch caused the name of Gene Whitmer to be omitted as one whom I was glad to see there.
Sandy Burns tells me that Jeff, Jacki, Jeni, and Jill Miller of Hardin had a surprise visit from Jeff’s Mom, Joanne Miller.  Joanne lived in Richmond for several years and now lives in Valparaiso, Ind.  She worked at the Ray County Health Department when in Richmond.
During the regular Richmond Kiwanis Club meeting Aug. 13, Vice President Bill Dooley presided in the absence of President Marti Cowherd.  A thank you note was read from Mayo Clinic for the donation from our club that was matched by Ray Gill.  A sympathy card was signed by all the members because of the death of Marguerite Thurman and it was voted to send flowers as well.  Program chairman Patty Walker introduced the speaker, Julie Long, who talked about the  Patriot Guard Riders.  This group of motorcycle riders was formed in 2005 in Kansas to make sure that there are no disruptions at the funerals of veterans.  Basically they serve as a shield between the families of veterans and uninvited trouble makers.  She said that if invited, they will atttend with as few as two bikers and as many as 500.  Total membership of the group now stands at 258,000.  She also passed out brochures about the group.
Hanna Davault spent four days in the home of her grandmother, Jean Davault.  Other guests in the home of Mrs. Davault were friends from Pennsylvania who also stayed for four days.
We have lost another lovely lady, Marguerite Shumaker Thurman.  I first knew her when we both lived on East Main Street and shared rides for our children, Carol Shumaker and Dickey Dale, to the orthodontist, V. Drumm Bowles aka “ Uncle Drummy”.  Marguerite had a lively sense of humor and it made the trip less wearing.  She will be missed by many.  I also remember her beautiful voice when she starred in the Kiwanis Theatre Guild’s performances of “Oklahoma” and “Brigadoon.”
On Aug. 2, Cheryl McIntosh of Richmond and her five grandchildren, Lily, Andy, and Dillon McIntosh, Austin Medrano and Ilicya Florez took a four-day vacation to Branson. While there they saw the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Titanic Exhibit, the Promised Land Petting Zoo and Castle Chaos.  One of their favorite places was Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Imax.
On Saturday they took a short trip to Hollister and crossed the bridge over Lake Taneycomo, where an evening laser light show may be seen in the courtyard of the Landings shopping center. They also enjoyed swimming in the hotel pool and eating at Montana Mike’s and several other Branson restaurants.  Monday, Aug. 5, they spent the day at Silver Dollar City before returning home.
The descendants of Jim and Viola McGinnis gathered at McDonald’s restaurant recently for their 38th annual First Day of School for Breakfast. This year they honored Kinsey Peterson and Keaton Crane for their first day of kindergarten and Kyle Cox, who will be starting his second year of college at Wentworth, as well as Piper Peterson, principal of Dear Elementary and Melissa Peterson, beginning her second year of teaching at Sunrise Elementary.  Others attending were Matt Peterson, Shannon Cox, Alyson and Zac Crane, Phil and Judi McGinnis and Beth and Ed Hughes.

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