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PRIOR MEADE Cooper and husband Gerald celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2012. TONI HARRISON Jamison; her son, Jay; PEGGY SAUNDERS Hayes; SANDY SYKES Gray; LINDA DOLLY Hammack and her husband, Paul, all attended the burial service of FRANCES WENTZ Taber’s husband, Bo. Frances said it was an honor to have been included in such a moving service in such a historical place. VERA CARL THOMAS James writes that her daughter, Honor, was married last June and she and her new husband teach in the Dominican Republic. Vera Carl, her husband, James, and friends had a wonderful cruise in the Caribbean last spring, including a trip through the Panama Canal. She also wrote that she is recovering from cancer surgery and doing very well. LACEY SANFORD Hudgins is on the mend after two back surgeries in the recent months. She reports that she is exercising and doing everything she can to keep moving. SUSAN JENNINGS Denson had a nice visit with MARTHA BUTLER Matthews in Charlotte and saw some of the fiber art pieces for which Martha has won numerous awards. Read more about Martha on page 25. Martha was recovering from a broken arm. It seems we are all trying to maintain our small parts warranty. PEGGY SAUNDERS Hayes has reconnected with an old high school beau, and her sons and her friends are so happy for her. SHANNON GREENE Mitchell talks with Peggy often and says she is like a year-old. Shannon says, “I did retire from my post as secretary, but it seems folks still think I am the contact person; so let’s keep in touch by reporting what you and your families are doing. We are aging and all seem to have health issues, so let’s keep each other in our thoughts and prayers as we move forward.” BURI SALINAS Gray’s husband was a noted artist and there is a museum in Puerto Vallarta that bears his name. She has established scholarships for art students in his name and is very active in the art community. To read more about her, visit www.vipvallarta.com/en-portada/mujeres-v-i-p.
The following is a special note published posthumously on behalf of EUGENIA “WOO” MCCUNE Thomason, who passed away June 15 – along with her husband – as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in their home: “On January 5, 2013, we celebrated our 50th anniversary at Christ Church Greenville, where we were married at noon on January 12, 1963. We followed the service with a weekend of luncheons, a dinner, and family fun before departing Reedy River Falls for Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (last on our bucket list). The honeymoon suite, hippos on the Zambezi, elephants, a tour of the falls, and helicopter ride were highlights of the visit. Then it was on to Cape Town and an 11-day cruise of the South Africa and Mozambique coasts on the Silver Wind, where we indulged in fine food and wines. Day trips included visits to Zulu and Xhosa villages where Bill was made a chief. On game drives we saw lots of African wildlife. Visiting the towns and markets introduced us to the local culture. After the cruise, we spent several days in Cape Town and Stellenbosch and ventured south to the Cape of Good Hope to see penguins and to visit vineyards and beautiful gardens. We also attended St. George’s Cathedral, where ceremonies were held in 1996 to commemorate the retirement of [the Most Rev.] Desmond Tutu [archbishop emeritus of Cape Town]. Peace, love, and joy.”