Thursday, July 7, 2011

Grant City Class of 1951 Holds 60th Reunion

The Grant City High School (now known as Worth County R111) class of 1951 met June 25th, 2011 for a noon luncheon at Oldtowne Café in Allendale.
Marilyn Calhoun and Joyce Smetzer were at the registration table.
There were 27 classmates and 21 guests welcomed by Carmetta Jackson. Jerry Allee gave a prayer before our sit down luncheon, which was served by two capable college students Ashley Reynolds and Keely Cook.
The class recognized these two young ladies, the cook Wanda Lynch and the owner/manger Amanda Hughes for the good service, food and nicely decorated tables.
Each classmate was recognized and spoke briefly about what had changed in their lives since our reunion 5 years ago. Present were Jerry Allee, Marilyn (Proctor) Calhoun, Leroy Carroll and his wife Madonna, Theresa (Eighmy) Combs and husband Warren, Allen Downing and wife Barbara, Opal (Harding) Fuller and husband Dick, Lou (Bressler) Goff and husband Francis, Kathleen (Glick) Groom and sister Evelyn Weaver, Lavaun (Austin) Hann, Shirley (Nelson) House, Carmetta (Maudlin) Jackson, Helen (Cottrell) Laval and husband Lindy, Vernon McCord and wife Beverly, Rose (Motsinger) Merrill and husband Dean, Max Murdock and wife Rochelle, Roberta (Jennings) Parker and husband Jim, Charley Pickering, Donna (Rinehart) Richards and husband Charles, Bob Sego and son Patrick, Joyce (Gabbert) Smetzer and sister Sharon Foster, Jack Taylor and wife Glenda, Wilda (Fletchall) Tullis and husband Bill, Dale Tulloch and wife Dona, Donnie Waldeier and wife Ann, Connie Wilkinson and wife Mary Bea, Jeanie (Marler) Willey and husband Gerold, Bill Wilson and wife Norma.
There were 63 in our class and we are the largest class to graduate from this school to date. We are saddened by the death of 22 classmates and Roberta recognized them individually.
Some triva about our reunion was that Shirley Nelson traveled the longest distance coming from Andalusia, AL. The youngest classmate was Leroy Carrol1. Barbara Downing was attending for the first time. Lou and Francis celebrated their 60th Anniversary in June also. Kathleen was getting ready to go on a 45 day trip to Alaska in July. It was agreed that the grandchildren and great grandchildren were a very special part of our lives.
Letters were read from the following classmates who could not attend. Dean Conard, Margie (Hughes) Dennis, Jewell (Brown) Griffin, Deloris (Hunt) Osborn, Joan (Wilkerson) Prichett, Kenny Sparks, David Stanton and Adrain Weigart. Those who called that they could not attend were Martha (Rinehart) Groom, Rosalie (Shannon) Pigg, Mary Lou (Hunt) McCormick, and Ila (Weddle) Callaway.
There was no response from Mary (Mathews) Nevels, Neal Mann, Leroy Hern, and Roberta (Lamb) Farmer (who later told me she forgot it). We missed everyone who could not attend. The classmates present want to try to meet in 2 or 3 years. Hopefully we can.
Those donating to our goodie bags were Worth County Education Foundation Fund with post-it notes, magnets and flyers; Great Western Bank furnished pens; Roberta, Marilyn and Carmetta baked nut bread for each bag. Table decorations also used as door prizes were made by Joyce and Opal. Lavaun donated black and gold napkins for the table and black balloons with 60th on them for a balloon contest; Gerold Willey won that prize (but Gerold we didn’t call you windy) which was a gold colored Wo. Co. School Christmas Tree Ornament donated by Carmetta. Black and gold name tags with a tiger head on them were made by Opal. Monetary gifts to help with expenses were donated by Jeanie Willey and Jack Taylor.
--Submitted by Carmetta Jackson

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