|KEENE STATE TODAY||VOLUME XXI NUMBER 1 Fall 2005|
Marion Halladay Keef celebrated her 105th birthday in April. Norma Wright Walker '51 stopped by a few days later with special wishes from Keene State College. We are sad to report that later that month Marion passed away in Concord, N.H.
IN MEMORIAM: Marion Halladay Keef '22 passed away in April 2005 in Concord, N.H., at age 105. She was an artist until her vision failed, had an exceptional memory, and traveled extensively with her husband after his retirement.
IN MEMORIAM: Mabel E. Sturtevant '25 died May 15, 2005, in Keene. She attended Worcester State College and Boston University and taught for many years before her retirement in 1968. She was an avid stamp collector and belonged to a library sewing circle.
Bertha Davis Perkins has been a lost alum until this year. Her granddaughter is a student worker in the Advancement Office and told us about Bertha. Amy Myhaver, a staff member in the Advancement Office, attended Bertha's 100th birthday party in White River Junction, Vt., and presented her a Golden Circle medallion.
Beautiful Eleanor Rowell Shaw attended the ninth annual Golden Circle luncheon held at the Cat 'n' Fiddle in Concord, N.H. Eleanor received a corsage for graduating before the rest of us. Her son Carl came from northern New York state to accompany her. It was also a pleasant surprise when Carl and Eleanor joined 40 Golden Circle alumni and guests at Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith, N.H.
A lovely note arrived from Margaret Grover Colburn. She would like to visit the Keene campus again to see all the changes. Margaret takes a daily walk, weather permitting. She used to knit baby afghans, but has decided scarves are smaller and quicker to complete.
Mike Maher '72, alumni director, and Norma Wright Walker '51 visited Rosetta Brown Lowe at her home in Hinsdale, N.H. It is always pleasant to spend time with Rosetta because she is so cheerful and has much to share about her time teaching. As usual, Rosetta had baked goodies for Mike and Norma. They came home with plates full of brownies and banana cake. Rosetta gave Norma photos to be used on the bulletin board at reunion. Thank you, Rosetta.
The Boston Cane was presented to Henniker resident Odetta Flint Hardy in August by Selectman Rod Pimentel at the Pleasant View Nursing Home where she now resides. Odetta was born in Newport, N.H., in 1908. She taught school in Danbury, N.H., and moved to Henniker in 1929 where she taught in the area for several years. She was a secretary at Kingsbury & Davis in Contoocook until she retired. She was a professional seamstress and well-known for her knitting skills. Her family includes her daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth "Betty" Welch of Keene writes, "I do not have a telephone machine. I am 96 years old. My hearing is not perfect. Norma Walker '51 keeps in touch and visits."
IN MEMORIAM: Faith Sprague '28 died June 3, 2005 and is buried in her beloved Vermont. She would have been 100 years old on Christmas Day.
Viola Davis Horton sent a beautiful spring card to Mike Maher '72, the alumni staff, and Norma Wright Walker '51. She was pleased to be remembered on her birthday. Viola had spent time with her son in Panama City. She enjoys visiting him because there is so much to do and see in the area. However, she likes Crescent City best because of all her friends who live there. Viola would like to attend reunion but it is too far for her to travel. She is very interested in the new home for the alumni staff. She sent a lovely photo wearing her Golden Circle medallion, but her little poodle K.C. would not face the camera to have his picture taken.
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