The 72nd Roxie Draper Memorial Dinner was held at the Uniontown Methodist Church on Oct. 4, following a tradition set forth by Roxie Draper in 1937 when she cooked dinner honoring friends and members of the United Methodist Church. The first meals were served in Roxie's home, and then later moved to the Methodist Church as the attendance grew.
United Methodist Women President Patti McClenahan and her officers arranged the lovely luncheon around the theme of Friendship. Table decorations included small vases of flowers, strings of pearls, candles in votive cups, and glass water drops, all in shades of pink and spring green. Clever pillows reflecting the theme of friendship were also on the tables, and were given in a drawing as door prizes.
Lavon Middleton greeted the guests as they arrived, and was in charge of the guest book.
The welcome was given by Pat McClenahan. She touched on the loving history Roxie Draper handed down to the present day church, with her ability to honor her friends and prepare a meal for them to enjoy. The first meal was prepared in 1935, for a few close church and community friends. The event later grew large and it was moved to the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Alice Clayton gave the response.
Norma Dunn gave the invocation for the delicious which included chicken broccoli casserole, Lyon's House wild rice, and marinated green beans, copper penny salad, hot rolls and butter strawberry dessert, and coffee and tea.
Following the dinner, guests entered the sanctuary and were entertained with delightful musical numbers by Judy Gifford, Girard, who played the keyboard, holding her audience captive with her talent and charm, as she sang numerous selections of old favorites. Jeannine Seal, Fort Scott, also brought humorous incidents and items of interest as she entertained the guests with her wit and comedy.
It was very unusual, as there were no deaths in the past year for the memorial service. Janice Ramsey gave thoughts on those who had gone on before in previous years. She asked all present to name a person that they hold dear in their memory. She closed her remarks with prayer.
Pauline Hartman had charge of the drawing for gifts. She gave a welcome of friendship to each present. She was assisted by Lavon Middleton in presenting gifts to Laura Graham and Ruby Fink, and A gift to Betty Wolfe for traveling the farthest distance. Other gifts were presented as follows: The first time in attendance gift went to Lorraine Loyd, Uniontown. Laura Graham and Ruth Townsley received a gift as being the mother and daughter eligible to attend. Best friends who had known each other the longest were Katherine Roof and Ruth Wilson. Bonita Holeman won the prize for having the most items named in her purse. Small prizes went to Hazel Burt, Carrie Elbrader, Nelda Williams, Margaret Hartman, Katherine Roof, Evelyn Strother, Carol Mix, Barbara Franklin, and Anna Rose.
Kenneth Middleton, Ed Hartman, assisted with arrangements and Earl Pritchett took photographs.
Invited guests included: Ruby Fink, Aria Hartman, Jeannine Seal, Bemice Buell, Ruth Townsley and Carrie Elbrader, all of Fort Scott; Anna Johnston, Parsons; Betty Wolfe, Kansas City; Carol Mix and Bonita Holeman, Bronson, Flossie Graham, Carol George, and Nelda Williams, Redfield; and Lorraine Loyd, Hazel Burt, Margaret Hartman, Marilyn Holt, Laura Graham, Alice Fink, Natalie Comstock, Beverly Geiger, Katherine Roof, Alice Clayton, Anna Rose, Barbara Franklin, Loris Wilson, Theda Headley, Evelyn Strother, Barbara Dare, Ruth Wilson, Irene Stockstill, Lucille Griffith, Lucille Ward, Virginia Holt, Lavon Middleton, Pauline Hartman, Janice Ramsey, Pat McClenahan, and Nonna Dunn, all from Uniontown.
The meeting closed with all singing the hymn, "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", with Lavon Middleton as sone leader.