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It is always good to hear from our classmates. Thank you girls for writing, calling,
and sharing any news, especially in this frigid winter! May this new year keep you
Safe and Well! Nancy and Kathleen.
SUSY BOOTH THURBER has lived in Alabama for 53 years. She originally went
there because of the space program. They were to stay 18 months! They have
now retired and her grandchildren are in high school. As her husband no longer
travels she and her two sisters are planning a trip to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
PAT MACKEY TAYLOR continues to enjoy traveling and will be leaving to tour
Scotland and Ireland this summer. BETTY PRITCHARD WOOD moved from the Peninsula to Georgia two years ago to be closer to her grandchildren. She is now chief driver and has made many new friends.
LOUISE DUNN FUQUA still lives in Louisiana and his finally recovered from her hip
replacement surgery pain when it was discovered she had a broken femur causing
her so much distress. After therapy, surgery, and help she has gratefully gotten
her life back and flew to Tampa to visit her son Tim and family and two grandsons.
Her younger son lives in Alexander, NC and maintains a huge fruit tree orchard.
DIANA COPPLE SMITH moved to Wilmington, NC in 2017 closer to her daughter and family. She really enjoys seeing Her grandson Jackson on his swim team.
As she lived in Kernersville near Greensboro almost 30 years, the transition has been rough. She hopes later to move to Glenaire Retirement Community(Presbyterian) in Cary,NC where Julia Shumaker Bailess wants to move also.
Our hearts and sympathies go out to MYRTLE LEE DEAN FRANCE as her husband
BIlly died Jan. 6. They were married for 56 years. He was diagnosed with leukemia
In 2015. They both retired from Naval Surface Warfare in Dahlgren. Since graduation
she and Georgianne Maloy Hull have remained in touch and as couples enjoyed many
dinners out together. Myrtle Lee still lives in Montross.
Does anyone have any information on our sweet classmate Joyce Lyons Terhes?
As a reminder with so many moving and downsizing ,it is a good idea to update our
family and friends of changes, names, and addresses.
KATHLEEN is sad to say her cousin ELAINE (Woodie) WOODSON MARKHAM
passed away on Jan. 17 at age 96. She was from Richmond and Charlottesville.
She attended MWC in the stressful days of WWII and graduated from Nursing
School at UVA. She even witnessed the change of MWC as the women’ s college
of UVA in 1944. This energetic lovely lady met her future husband Tom there who was returning from the war to enter law school. A very interesting account of male
attendance and big changes is written up in our MWC Bulletin Quarterly Review
Winter 1969 magazine along with the proposal to admit men as nonresidential
students. It is heartwarming to read the very early CLASS NOTES in our Alumni News.
Truly great friends are hard to find and impossible to forget!
KATHLEEN also extends compassion to our UMW
classmates who have lost pets with long histories as loyal friends and companions. She recently lost her red and white ten year old cocker spaniel from a brain tumor. He was her buddy and sat on the piano bench quite often as she practiced. She strongly recommends reading the poem
RAINBOW BRIDGE by William Britton. Even Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
“Sorrow makes us all children again……destroys all differences of intellect.”