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Loss of friend leads to tears


Hello everyone, I hope all are staying healthy. It was a surprise to see the snow this week.

This year has started off on a sad note. On January 4, a dear friend passed away. She and her husband were best friends to Mike and me. Receiving this phone call was the saddest way to start the year and that’s how that conversation started “I have some sad news to tell you.”

I will admit I cried a lot that afternoon and evening.

Bonnie is going to be missed. We spent vacations, holidays, weekends and lots of time together. As long as we lived in Ohio, we were together. Bonnie was godmother to our youngest son Brad. Bonnie and John even came to Wyoming to visit. She was one of the most generous and caring women I know. Rest in peace, Bonnie.

Bonita Carolyn Pierce Walterbusch died on January 4, 2021, in Dayton, Ohio. She was born on April 18, 1953 and was 67 years old. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Edward Pierce and Bessie Caroline Highfield Pierce.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, John Walterbusch of Dayton, Oh., and her daughter Tracey (Bill) Levendusky of Columbus, Oh.

She has two brothers, Jerry (Brenda) Pierce of Louisiana, and Eugene Pierce of Ohio; three brothers-in-law, Donald Walterbusch of Ohio, Marvin Walterbusch of Ohio, and Arnold Walterbusch of Ohio; and five nephews and seven nieces.

Bonnie donated her body to Wright State University Medical Center, Dayton, Oh.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

I loved the Moments and Memories of Whitesburg High School column of January 6. My uncle Troah Campbell was featured in that column. Troah was an older brother of my dad, Varon Campbell. I bought three copies of The Mountain Eagle to send to my cousins, the children of Troah. Thank you, Bennett Welch, for the article.

Our cat (named CAT) is still entertaining us. I was trying to sleep one night and had just dozed off when CAT jumped on the back of my neck. I screamed which woke me up. Mike was awake and didn’t even noticed I’d screamed. Maybe I just screamed in my sleep but it did wake me up. CAT wants to play all night. He really likes sitting on the beams that are in our house.

Our son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Becky Wenning, came in for the weekend. It was good spending time with them. Becky is allergic to cats and CAT wanted to spend time with Becky. We did have my brother buy some Benadryl while he went to town. CAT did tolerate their two little chihuahuas.

Janis and Mike Marr of Berea, came in with their children, Anna, Myles, Addy, Tucker, and Cami, to visit her grandpa, Glen Brown of Whitesburg, and her dad, John Campbell of Little Cowan. Michael Campbell of Newport also came in to visit his grandpa and dad. Everyone except Michael and Tucker came over to see us. It was so enjoyable holding the baby for a little while, plus it was good seeing the ones we saw.

I want to send belated birthday wishes to Olivia Grace Fulton of Tinsley, Mississippi. She turned 18 years old on January 11. Happy birthday, Gracee.

Cousins Shirley Harris of Tinsley, Miss., and Anne Carpenter of Yazoo City, Miss. posted pictures of the snow they received on January 11. They had more snow than we did. They posted some pretty photos.

The quote of the week is attributed to Helen Keller: “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes a part of us.”

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Have a safe and good week. Please continue to wear a mask.

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