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Joplin tornado survivors safe at home

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

On the weekend of June 24, Mae Watt enjoyed all four of her sons, Delton Jr., Bill, Tom and Allen Watt, as they gathered around her dinner table and spent Friday overnight in her home.

On Mother's Day, Rose Campbell, among all other ladies, was given a potted plant as she was leaving Arcadia Christian Church. Rose planted hers in her flower garden in Pittsburg, and it grew many more blossoms and is now a beautiful part of her yard. She called to say thanks to the committee members who were so thoughtful on that special day.

Mitzi and Joel Ray of Tulsa, Okla., announce the birth of their son Ryan Ray on Sunday morning, June 26. Local grandparents are Vickie and Larry Shead, Garland, Kan. Great-grandparents are Shirley Applegarth of Tulsa and Mary V. Shead, Arcadia. The Ray grandparents live in Texas.

In celebration, the three local Sheads visited the baby, his little brother Cademon and little sister Atalie in Tulsa that Sunday afternoon. Other nearby relatives enjoying the dinner together were Maria and Clayton Whitson and Shirley Applegarth. En route back to Kansas, the Sheads toured the ruins of the tornado in Joplin, Mo.

Sixteen friends met and enjoyed carry-in dinner on the evening of June 25 at Arcadia Community Center for the AHS Our Gang monthly dinner. Great was the food and fellowship that evening. While Howard and Louise Holland were enjoying that fellowship, his mother, Ruth Holland from Lamar, Mo., enjoyed supper, visiting while sitting on the porch. Later many games of dominoes were played with her friend, Mary V. Shead.

Betty and Lou Dehn visited her parents in north Missouri on Father's Day and went to the Columbia, Mo., hospital to visit their grandson, Landon Long, who was a patient.

Mae Watt's great-grandson, Dawson Watt, who plays for the Liberty Bombers Baseball Team, recently played in a USSSA-AA baseball tournament in Branson, Mo. The team was undefeated in the tournament and won the state championship. They are the No. 1 team in USA-AA baseball for 10-year-olds in the state of Missouri. The team is also ranked 15th in the nation.

Emory Briggs notified his Arcadia friends of the death of his sister Barbara Briggs Conduff on Sunday June, 19. A celebration of her life will be in Liberal, Mo., sometime on the Fourth of July weekend. Condolences to the family and friends who knew her well.

JOY Sunday School class was held on Monday evening, June 20, with 13 present for the fine carry-in dinner and business meeting. It was announced the July date for Bible School will be set later. Secretary Vera Parrish entertained with her clever sayings at the close of the business meeting where President Patty Peterson first had a Bible quiz.

Carol Bridgewater was the champion in knowing the answers. JOY members would like to thank friends who are helping with the project saving Best Choice UPCs.

The ladies are planning to paper, paint and fix up the kitchen in the parsonage this summer.

Wayne and Christie Parrish invited the JOY class to meet at their country home for the July 18 cookout, weather permitting.

Others present were Austin and Alanis Sprague; Courtney, Pat and Cathy Allen; Gary Peterson, David Bridgewater, John and Wayne Parrish and Mary V. Shead. Patty's closing quote was, "When you flee temptations, don't leave a forwarding address."

Virginia Smith, president of AHS Alumni Association, let others know that a member and former grad, Mitch Miles, was in St. John's hospital when the tornado hit May 22. He and Anne were able to get out without any cuts, bruises, etc. He was then taken to Carthage Hospital where he spent a few more days. His problems started May 2, and at the time of this writing, he was home. They lost their car and all of the personal belongings they had at St. John's. Our prayers are for them and his quick recovery. Forrest and Ernestine Berkey, accompanied by Angela, Bill and Bethany Redd and friend Kevin Wilson, attended Kristen Redd's graduation in Frontenac. Afterward, they enjoyed dinner at Jim's Steak House.

A celebration dinner the following Sunday was held at the grad's grandmother Mimi Redd's home in Pittsburg. Then the next Sunday the cookout was held at the Bill Redd's home with relatives, as well as Kristen's many friends.

Mary V. Shead
Arcadia Area News