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From Ginny: "Last summer (2003), Neal Perkins and Barbara Rowe Freese called me to see if I would take over the secretary position for our class at KTC. I finally agreed but I needed a partner, so I called Barbara Stimson and she agreed to help. We are Delta Kappa Gamma "sisters" and still live up in northern New Hampshire. We meet frequently and we are just beginning our new job.

We went to visit Elese Wright Tarris, who lives in Concord. She was not at home, but was living with a granddaughter who brought her to Concord so she could see us. Elese has an arm that is in need of surgery for more than a fracture. She was in good spirits, happy to see us, and glad we were taking over the class news. We had a good visit and our prayers are with Elese.

From Barb: "Classmates, you will notice two of us are sharing secretary duties. It would be helpful if you would share pertinent information with us, especially address changes, interesting news about you, your family, etc.

When Wheelock School was taken over by the city of Keene, it brought back fond memories of practice teaching there. In addition, my siblings and I have always bragged about the excellent education we had from practice teachers. We remember Mrs. Davis, Miss Merriam, and Miss Twining with great fondness. I was truly a product of Keene Normal School, having attended Wheelock School, K-6, Central Junior High, Keene High School, and then practice teaching under some of the same teachers. It was training which few were privileged to have in those days (70-plus years ago).

We are eager to hear from you as soon as possible."


IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth V. Mulligan '42 passed away Jan. 2, 2004, in Concord, N.H. She taught third grade in Concord schools for 38 years, including 30 years at Conant School.


Douglas S. Kimball of Franklin, N.H., attended several Golden Circle meetings and stays active in Rotary, selling citrus fruit and Christmas trees. He says it "keeps me out of mischief."

From Caroline: "Most of my correspondence in this issue comes from Christmas cards. Rita Sughrue wrote that she keeps in touch with Evelyn "Twissie" Woollett by e-mail.

Evelyn "Twissie" Woollett wrote that she is improving. She uses a walker most of the time. Sarah Pollock Wyman-Mack wrote that all is well in L.A. The music is great. Her daughter, Judith, moved to L.A from Vermont in June. Two granddaughters are attending Loyola. She enjoys her volunteer work and her exercise classes. She very much enjoyed the class of '43 memory booklet. The family of Louise and Paul '39 Perkins are doing well. They were glad to have both sons home from Iraq for Christmas.

Pat and Art Shedd said they enjoyed receiving Christmas messages. On Thanksgiving Day they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family. Art still travels around central New York visiting his administrative interns. Mary Farman Bergeron has moved to an apartment in west Keene. She sent an original narrative of "After Christmas, What Then" with her Christmas card. What memories it recalled!

Ruth Wilson Keddy wrote that she attended the Boston Pops Concert in December. We had a big snowstorm of 24 inches on that day, but she arrived home before it started. Barbara Brown Charbonneau wrote that with the help of Advil, she enjoys many activities and was planning on touring Spain in April.

We hope you have all picked your candidate for president. Clifford and I have been listening to C-Span. Our only other activity during the cold winter months was walking over snow-covered country roads. Hope to have a chance to visit with you during the 2004 reunion."


From Connie: "Our class president, Pauline Fisher Bailey, sends a big hi to everyone and wants us to know that although her vision is limited, she is upbeat and doing well.
It happened that the call made to Carolyn Lang Jeffrey and Roy took place just as the Audubon New Hampshire Bird Census was being taken. Roy said Carolyn had been busy counting their bird visitors all that day.

Stella Nowicki related interestingly of a variety of teaching experiences in New Hampshire and Vermont. Following retirement, she worked as a receptionist at Monadnock Mental Health in Winchester, N.H., then in Massachusetts as the information and referral specialist for County Home Care Corp., an agency for the aging. In this capacity, she attended national conferences in Florida and Missouri, where she was on a panel discussing computerization for the agency. She and her mother made a memorable trip to Poland and Germany, where her mother met with close relatives. Stella visited Bermuda and, with Virginia O'Neil, took a trip to Ireland. She and classmate Mary Kachavos Kallechey once went west to a dude ranch in Montana. Hinsdale is her home, where she now volunteers in various activities and is busy with friends.

Lois Stevens Howe keeps very active swimming – water aerobics in the winter and in the Saco River during the warm season. She was awarded a badge for having climbed 48 mountain peaks of 4,000 feet or better. For seven years she had a private kindergarten in her North Conway home, following which she taught for 23 years in Bartlett, N.H. She and her husband have toured all the Eastern states, the West Coast, and the Canadian provinces, plus visits to Australia and Hawaii.

Ida Parsons Valla tells us she and Steve had an especially nice Christmas with family and friends

Nancy Scripture Ashford writes that she loves to grow flowers, work with her daughter in her yard, walk the "granddog," and do volunteer work for the local historical association. Following a 10-year teaching career in Milford, she worked in a bank for 20 years. She has been to Europe four times and has taken many auto trips in the states. She often attends the Golden Circle luncheons and wishes she would see more classmates there. Sounds like a really good idea!"

IN MEMORIAM: William C. Marcoux '45 passed away May 27, 2003.


Barbara Lawrence Marshall of Palmetto Bay, Fla., reminisces, "I enjoy getting the news and seeing all the advances and changes that have taken place since I was there. No men, occasional trip to help some farmer pick his crop of potatoes, which meant a day away from class."

IN MEMORIAM: Anna Robinson Lynch '46 died in Keene, N.H. She taught in Laconia and was a substitute at Wheelock School in Keene. She also worked for the school lunch program.


From Isabelle: "By now, you must have received the 2004 schedule of Golden Circle luncheons. If you have never attended one of these luncheons, treat yourself; but, first, arrange a get-together with a classmate. Otherwise, you might find yourself the only member of your class. This has happened to me, but I always see someone I know, and I have enjoyed these luncheons very much.

My only news item is another sad story with a sad ending. Bertha Lawson Woodward, who was in a nursing home for 18 months or so, fell in July 2003 and broke a hip. Things went downhill thereafter for Bertha, and she died on Dec. 1. A memorial service was held at the Lyme Congregational Church. Bertha's husband, Andy, died in 2002. They had no children.

This information came to me in my Christmas mail from Barbara Follansbee Dessert, who visited Bertha during the summer of 2003, and Shirley Hubner Tyler, who had been friends with Bertha for 60 years.

IN MEMORIAM: Sarah Johnson Huckins '47 died Sept. 22, 2003, in Strafford, N.H. She taught in Barrington and Strafford schools.

IN MEMORIAM: Bertha Lawson Woodward '47 died Dec. 1, 2003 after poor health following a broken hip.


From Margaret: "Christmas letters and notes with news to share are nice to receive. Eleanor 'Ellie' Smith Butler forwarded an e-mail greeting she received from Carolyn 'Jo' Turner Davis in California. After two new knees and months of physical therapy, she is again walking 10K walks. She volunteers in a school library and is taking an art class. Jo mentions her active family of children and grandchildren. Ellie's 'greetings from Lexington' expressed contentment in their condo location, with added blessings of family and good health. She included inspirational quotes from thoughtful authors, words to live by.

Shirley Bacon Manna's letter told of another full year in Florida, loving it, in spite of rain and heat. She and Sal '50 are active in the park, but are no longer President and Mrs. President. Grandson Marc bought his own house nearby and a granddaughter moved in for a semester of work and college.

Alphonse 'Al' Soucy wrote of the activities of his busy family. Marjorie '50 was recovering from back surgery and unable to attend last year's reunion. They photographed a bear in their backyard, forcing them to remove bird feeders. They have often welcomed a flock of 20 or more wild turkeys. Al regularly attends two exercise programs.

Jean Harding Maxwell and husband Reg traveled via Amtrak to Virginia for a Christmas visit with relatives. The trip included a great tour of D.C. Jean's granddaughter, Adrienne, had a lovely wedding July 5, 56 years from the day her grandmother marched down the same aisle. A joyous occasion.

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