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Engles approaching 62nd wedding anniversary

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Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy, prosperous new year to all. Hope Santa was good to everyone, especially the little ones. We were to have our family and friends Christmas celebration Dec. 23. I seem to be going in slow motion. The holidays kinda snuck up on me.

Afore I dun fergit, want ter send birthday greetings to the following people who are celebrating in January: nephew Wendell Phillip Sanders on the 7th, good friend Elijah Bentley on the 12th, Cheyenne Brooke Novy on the 18th, Red’s niece Frances Howard on the 19th, son Billy Wayne Engle on the 20th and his wife Redia on the 21st, cousin Nannie Lou Sexton on the 22nd, Lourine Collier Watts on the 26th, Red’s brother Charles Engle and my twin nephews Kent and Kirk Sanders on the 27th, grandson Steven Wayne Engle on the 28th, and Patty Eubank on the 29th. Oops, almost forgot great-grandson Damien on the 24th. To any and all who celebrate in January, I wish you a most happy birthday and may you live to be a hundred or more.

I have a couple anniversaries to mention also: Jeanie and Phil Adams will celebrate their 50th on January 11, and Red and I will celebrate number 62 on January 26. To anyone else who might be celebrating, congratulations and may you have a long and happy life together.

Hello to Nettie Bentley, her daughter and son in Eustis Fla. Hope you are all well and wishing you a happy Christmas and the same to Sue Colling Holder in Letcher County. These are both relative of sister-in-law Georgia Sergent. Just want to let you both know Georgia got the results from her tests and she’s good for another good many years. I suppose her biggest problem is an uninvited guest, which a lot of us are having to put up with. Yep! Mr. Arthur Itis has done moved in and he shore ain’t welcome.

I have received several cards from people I had never heard from before and all because of the column I write (or try to) for The Mountain Eagle. They say the kindest words, which I do so appreciate. Thank you one and all. I now consider each and every one a new friend.

Madonna and Bobby Joe, I do hope you are both well and wish for you and your family a most happy Christmas and may the new year be the best one ever. How is Jubilee coming along? Every Saturday morning is the one time I would wish for a computer. I feel as though I’m missing a lot.

Prayers to sister-in-law Jettie’s brother, Vineyard Quillen, and her sister, Mable Quillen Duncil, both of Letcher County and both very sick.

Red’s sister Jean Hunsucker in Eolia, is home now following a stroke, a stay in the hospital and over a week in rehab. She sounded very tired, which I’m sure she is. I talked to her as Red was having a very bad day. I just hope and pray he will be better tomorrow and will be able to enjoy the family visits. They will no doubt start showing up before noon and I’m not sure when the last one will leave. We really have a great time, watching the little ones open their gifts, visiting and of course what we hill folk do best – eat!

Georgia told me about a cousin of hers, Delmer Cook in Tennessee, who is seriously ill. Prayers to him, his family and to all who are in hospitals, nursing homes or who are sad and lonely and having a hard time facing the holidays without a loved one who is no longer with us.

It’s getting close to time for Catharine to show up so I’d better finish whatever I want to say before she gets here. She’s still at Perkins and liking it really well. She just might end up being a better waitress (or server as they are now called) than her Mamaw. She’s that already, but don’t tell her I said so.

Y’all have a most happy Christmas day and a great year. Peace, love and best wishes to all.

Emma Lou Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, Ohio 44055, (440) 233-7548, emmalouengle@yahoo.com.


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