TODAY'S NEWS - QUICKIES THAT CHANGE OFTEN

"I WILL NOT FOLLOW WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, BUT I WILL GO WHERE THERE IS NO PATH, AND I WILL LEAVE A TRAIL." Muriel Strode -KHS65 class motto.
"The good old days....when we weren't good and we weren't old" Barbara Schwarz Moss 2010
SEE WWW.KHS65.COM FOR 169 PIX FROM OUR 45TH REUNION - CLICK THE SMALL PHOTO FOR LARGER VERSION. See lots of NEW grade school pix!
CHECK THE LABELS, GO TO KIRKWOOD HISTORY ARTICLES & CLICK THE POST ABOUT FRANCIS SCHEIDEGGER'S PIX FOR A GLIMPSE OF A PLACE I BET EVERYONE REMEMBERS - and much more!


MICK MARIETTA IS IN A NURSING HOME WHERE HE WILL REMAIN FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AFTER A STROKE. HE WOULD ENJOY PHONE CALLS FROM HIS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS TO CHEER HIM UP. His number is 573 885-4500, ask for Mick Marietta. It may be difficult to communicate with him. Mail address is Cuba Manor, 210 Eldon Drive, Cuba, MO 65453.


We seem to all be suffering a common problem these days, WHERE DID OUR LIVES GO? Our brains seem to still be 18, but our bodies are talking a different language. Sarah Orne Jewett puts it much more eloquently than do I:

“Neither of my companions was troubled by her burden of years. I hoped in my heart that I might be like them as I lived on into age, and then smiled to think that I too was no longer very young. So we always keep the same hearts, though our outer framework fails and shows the touch of time.”

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A TRIBUTE TO TWO BEAUTIFUL KHS65 COEDS, THEN & NOW

Last week I had a lovely email exchange with Pam Dalton Deutsch, one of our Dallas area classmates, and one of my high school idols.  She filled me in on some health issues she is conquering and told me about some fun travel plans upcoming.  We haven't seen Pam in many years, but maybe she'll be in town in a couple of years for our coming 50th anniversary.  In the course of the conversation she asked about M'Linda Jennings and the circumstances of her early death.  That question, which I have been asked several times, reminded me that I never did go in and add M'Linda's death date to my IN MEMORIAM list, so I finally did it.  In the process of talking to Pam, I found the photo of M'Linda's grave which for some reason I thought was particularly poignant.  As a genealogist, I frequent cemeteries and this headstone just struck me as so very sweet while so incredibly sad.  I found she is buried in the High Gate Baptist Cemetery, in Maries County, MO.  Sadly she was born and died in October, gone from the world way too early, leaving behind a loving husband and two children.
At the time of our 10th reunion she was living in Peoria, IL and I believe they were living in Milwaukee when she died.  Here is the entry from our 1975 Reunion book:

"M'Linda Jennings Flynn now lives in Peoria, IL with her husband, Tom, whom she met at Drake University.  They have 1 son, Brian, who is almost 3.  M'Linda graduated from Bradley in 1970 with a BS in Elementary Education with a major in Language Arts.  She plans to go back to Bradley to get her Masters in Speech. She taught 7th and 8th grade in Illinois.  They have toured the French West Indies and Jamaica.  M'Linda likes craft projects and "housewifing".  They go to lots of sports events and take some non-paying chairmanships for Alumni groups.  Mostly just keeping up with Brian keeps her busy."

M'Linda died of an aggressive form of breast cancer, that strain which is more common in younger women I believe.  Perhaps in today's world the miracles of modern medicine could have saved her.  For sure the phrase I see often, "gone too soon but never forgotten" certainly applies to the happy, always smiling M'Linda. If you go to the sidebar post about our Yearbook, you can see her Senior picture to remind yourself of that darling, smiling face.  My thanks go to Pam for giving me the impetus to gather this information, and I know everyone joins me in wishing Pam better health in the coming year.  

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