Hellow everyone, hope you are all doing well and keeping dry. We have had so much rain so I’ve been staying inside and just watching it rain.
We had our Howard family reunion last Saturday and we all agreed it was the best one we had ever had. All 12 of our brothers and sisters were there, and about all the other times some were missing.
We all had a great time and appreciated all the friends who came.
Our cousin Dexter How- ard and his son Allen (whom I had never met) came. They live in Garrett, Ind., and they really enjoyed themselves.
Our cousin Jane Cox and James Kenneth Caudill of Lexington came. They grew up in Whitesburg and they like to come back home.
Also, Ruby Brown of Lexington came. She was one of our Marlowe girls, a daughter of the late Dewey and Martha Brown, and also Robert Taylor was there. I think he lives in Indiana. He loves Whitesburg and comes in for everything that goes on when he can. They also got to go to the Mountain Heritage Festival.
Pearl Noble was there, and I didn’t get a chance to talk to her, but we were glad to see everyone.
Imogene Adkins was sorry she wasn’t able to come. We had a large crowd and lots of great food.
We really appreciate our cousin James Pennington for letting us be there. It was so beautiful, and I know he has to work hard to keep it like that.
I was pleased to get a call from my friend Bertha (Page) Dye in Prestonsburg. She has been having a lot of health problems, but is doing some better. She was sorry she couldn’t come to Mountain Heritage Festival. I didn’t get to go either.
I’ve been real worried about my good friend Dorthy Tacket. I’m glad she’s going to be better and won’t have to have surgery like she had thought. Us old Marlowe girls are tough!
I was so sorry for the passing of one of my friends and also a cousin, Bobbie Fields Bowman of Cowan. Her husband, Kenny Bowman, is not doing very well. He needs everyone’s prayers.
I went to the visitation for Bobbie and there was a great crowd of people there. She was well loved and she seemed to love everyone.
I was pleased to hear from Donna Holbrook of Kingdom Come Creek. She sent me a picture of her dad, Komas Ison, who turned 90 years old on Sept. 5. He celebrated with family and friends. He was a good friend and hunting buddy with my husband Clyde, and they also worked together at Marlowe mines for years.
If anyone wants to send him a card, he loves to get them. His address is P.O. Box 358, Ermine, KY 41815.
Rose Ballard, I try to keep up with you. I know a lot of people you write about. You mentioned a name, Michael Dunn. A Mervin Dunn lived next door to us. His wife’s name was Jolene. I wondered if they were kinfolk.
Our sympathy goes out to my sister Joanne and husband Donald Brown. He lost two relatives in a terrible truck accident, and they are in for the funerals. One is on Sunday, and one on Monday.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church this week if you are able.