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Senior citizens celebrate Christmas

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Teresa Noble Pease, her son Joshua Pease and Jennifer Noble Holbrook.

Teresa Noble Pease, her son Joshua Pease and Jennifer Noble Holbrook.

Merry Christmas everyone.

We celebrated Christmas Friday at Letcher County Senior Citizens. Lots of seniors are leaving this weekend to be with their children and there are others that have children coming to visit them. Either way, I hope everyone has family with them this Christmas. Especially if they are grieving the loss of a loved one.

I found this little article on Facebook about the elderly at Christmas:

“ When we think of Christmas, we think of spending time with our families, exchanging presents, eating, eating more, and passing out on the sofa in front of The Polar Express. We don’t consider it a luxury, but there are people who would give anything to experience that kind of Christmas this year.

“The elderly are suffering. You see, loneliness isn’t just for Christmas — older people will be alone all year round, and some can go for a month without speaking to anyone. But loneliness is felt more acutely this time of year. This we take for granted, things we hate doing, like buying and wrapping presents, making an appearance at the work party, helping with the Christmas dinner for your family, are all things we take for granted when we consider the large proportion of people who are housebound without human contact for long periods of time.”

Jo Ella Taylor Sturgill is pictured with her husband Darrell.

Jo Ella Taylor Sturgill is pictured with her husband Darrell.

I listen to so many talk about their children who have all moved away and now they are all by themselves from daylight to dark. They consider the other senior citizens their family. If you know an elderly person who will not be spending Christmas with their family try to call them or somehow just let them know they aren’t alone.

Many of my friends and family are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this coming week or this past week. One of my very best friends from Martha Jane Potter Elementary staff is Elizabeth Williams. She was a Special Education teacher there when I was a classroom teacher. Once we even had to put a partition between our classes and share the same room. I learned a lot about her as a teacher that year and needless to say, it was all good! She and her husband Mike Williams are celebrating their wedding anniversary.

MIKE and ELIZABETH WILLIAMS

MIKE and ELIZABETH WILLIAMS

Another couple celebrating an anniversary are Jo Ella Taylor Sturgill and her husband Darrell Sturgill. This came from a post she put on Facebook.

“Happy Anniversary to my HONEY..Today makes 52 years that we have been married….The years have gone by so fast….We’ve had good time & bad times… BUT THROUGH IT ALL WE DID NOT RUN AWAY FROM EACH OTHER …WE RAN TOWARD EACH OTHER SO THAT WE COULD WORK IT OUT…AND WE DID…Sometimes he got his way and sometimes I got my way.That is the way it should be. A lot of people will tell you that it is 50/50 I think it is 100% from both of us …The most important thing in our marriage is our relationship with GOD… With God’s help we will continue to live one day at a time and enjoy the time that we have with each other….Thank you Honey for the LOVE you have given me the last 52 years…I pray we have many more..I love you..”

HELEN SUE ADAMS HALL, ALBERT TACKET and PEARL ADAMS BANKS

HELEN SUE ADAMS HALL, ALBERT TACKET and PEARL ADAMS BANKS

Jo Ella was one of the Marlowe Coal Camp residents that grew up with Mom.

Two of my cousins that celebrated birthdays this past week or so are Helen Sue Adams Hall and Teresa Noble Peace. When we were growing up most of our aunts and uncles would meet at Mamaw Pennington’s house almost every Sunday after church. We knew as much about our cousins as we did our brothers and sisters. And loved them just as much, too. Helen Sue, you might not have known it, but us younger girls loved playing in your makeup and hair products.

That reminds me of a funny story on Charlene and Mommy too. When we were in high school Dad gave us an allowance. I think it might have been a dollar a week. But, Charlene would save hers up and buy herself makeup. She and I shared a bedroom and on top of our bedroom chest she would keep her makeup set in an organized manner. Her eye shadows all together, all her nail polish all together, and so on. She knew where each one was and if we got in it we had to make sure we put it right back in the very same spot. A lot of times we got away without her knowing we had been messing in it. Well, one day we came home from school and Mommy came through the house with mascara all around her eyes. Charlene asked, “Mommy, have you been into my makeup?” Mommy was so surprised at her question, and asked, “Now, how did you know?”

Something else about the makeup. When our brother, Albert, would get a mean streak on him (which he did very often), he would go in our room and take every bottle of nail polish and turn it upside down, but put it right back in the same spot. Now, you talk about sneaky, he was downright sneaky.

Okay, I better quit and remind you all to please be in prayer for Scarlett Coots, Greta Howard, Tony Collins, Elaine Smith, and Rick Adams. Also, please remember the people who are grieving over the loss of a loved one. That includes my pastor, Bill Jones and his wife Sandy.

Oma would say to please be in church this Sunday and I say if your church has services Sunday night or throughout the week, God wants you there then, too.

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