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Frances Shannonhouse Clardy

francesclardy@gmail.com

Nancy Salisbury Spencer

nancyspencer59@gmail.com

Louisa Hunt Coker’s husband Mac died in April 2013. Joan Broman Wright’s husband Jim died in May 2013. After Ginny Echols Ogain’s husband John died, Ginny moved to be near her son in NC. We send our sympathy to Louisa, Joan and Ginny.

Mary Koonz Gynn writes, “I’m continuing to operate my 350-acre farm by myself with my own equipment and enjoying every minute!” She also enjoys playing golf, bike riding and gardening.

Mary Ann Hicklin Willingham and Rose Montgomery Johnston enjoyed the SBC trip to Cuba led by President Jo Ellen Parker.

Meredith Smythe Grider has moved into an independent living facility. Meredith enjoys being one of the four Louisville alumnae: Cissee Pfeiffer Ward, Macie Clay Nichols, Sudie Shelton and herself. She still has her shop in MI.

Nancie Geer Howe Entenmann is now Nancie Roberts. She and spouse Jim Roberts stay busy with 17 grandchildren. This year, they’ll visit New Orleans and FL. Jim will be 85 and she 80, so they’ve planned a big reunion/birthday party. Nancie serves on many boards and sings in a choir.

Parksie Carroll Mulholland is spending winter in FL adjusting to life without Jack. She stays busy volunteering, supporting the Children’s Hospital and helping friends. She plays golf, bird watches, entertains and enjoys the theater and symphony.

Kitty Harrison and Corky Lauter Murray enjoy summer trips such as the NC mountains, Vancouver and Victoria. Kitty had an exciting 12th trip to Greece in 2013. She introduced a young Greek doctor to a Greek girl she knew in Chapel Hill. Kitty attended their wedding in Greece, where she read a speech in Greek to the wedding party.

Macie Clay Nichols sends news of other classmates. Norma Davis Owen is good in Tunica, MS, and is keeping husband Penn healthy. Mishew Cooper Williams and husband Murray in Raleigh spend time at Atlantic Beach. Cissee Pfeiffer Ward has endured health challenges but hosted a lovely Christmas lunch. Macie and husband Robert are in good health. They attended their family reunion in France with daughter Martha, son Rob and their families. Martha and Eric live in Providence, RI, with their two children, where she teaches French at Brown. Rob and Susanna and two children live in Barcelona. Macie is active in real estate, volunteers at church and enjoys the arts and fine restaurants in Louisville, KY.

Ann Greer Adams says, “All is well with me, although widowhood is not the greatest.” Ann enjoys her three children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. Ann spends weekends at their hunting camp walking in the woods, fishing and playing piano in her studio. She stays in touch with Carolyn Pannell Ross.

Marty Field Fite was in CA at Thanksgiving with her daughter’s family and next visited her son’s family in OK. She spent Christmas visiting her other daughters and their families. Another son and his wife live in France and have a new daughter. Her granddaughter lives nearby with three great-grandchildren. She is very active at her church, serving on the vestry.

Marlene Etienne Engdahl will celebrate her 58th wedding anniversary this year. Marlene and husband are active in ME politics. Grandson Sam graduated from Dartmouth and granddaughter Annie is a junior at Trinity Coll. Granddaughter Eliza is in high school in MI.

Bunny Burwell Nesbit lives in a splendid retirement community in Sarasota, FL. Bunny had a nice visit with daughter Katherine and husband Larry who live outside Charlottesville. Katherine works for the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, and Larry works for the DoD National Ground Intelligence Group. They enjoy their RV as does their dog, Sam. Bunny had a lovely Caribbean cruise in Jan.

Betty Dietz Buxton volunteers for her church, the NC Symphony and the Republican Party. She has four grandchildren ranging in age from 10-15. Betty beat breast cancer in 2011. She belongs to the Order of the Daughters of the King of the Episcopal Church. Betty and Burt will celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary this summer.

Joan Broman Wright decided to return to Coral Gables, FL, to be closer to daughter Elise and family. She enjoyed the 18 years she and Jim spent in Charlottesville, and has stayed in touch with our VA classmates. Mimi Thornton Oppenhimer and Lou Galleher Coldwell visited Joan for a few days to attend a forum with outstanding political speakers.

Helen Turner Murphy writes, “Tayloe and I are fortunate still to live in our house on our farm on the Potomac. Our daughter Anne’s husband died on their son’s ninth birthday. I prayed to live long enough to see her happy again and I did. She married a wonderful man whose wife died leaving him with two small children. Now, Anne has a 13-year-old son, a 9-year-old daughter, a 6-year-old son and a 10-month-old baby (John Taloe Lewis Brumley).”

Barbara Darnall Clinton’s grandson Chip Jackson graduated from VA Tech and grandson Kyle Clinton is a freshman at Texas A&M. Granddaughter Shannon Fulton is pursuing a degree at TCU. Grandson Ken Jackson is taking a gap year and living with Barbara and her husband. Son Charlie is stationed at Langley, AFB in VA. Daughters Laura and Mary Kay received honors. Laura was named the Most Outstanding CFO in Houston and Mary Kay was named a Distinguished Alumna of Civil Engineering Department at Texas A&M. Barbara sings in the church choir and the Houston Master Works Chorus. Her husband is president elect of the Rotary Club in Houston. She enjoys Women of the Rotary.

Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride traveled to Maui and Kauai in 2013. She continues to live in Northern VA, but purchased a home in DE after retirement. Son Steven in Springfield, VA, is on active duty in the Army and has been promoted to lt. colonel. Son Kevin and wife live in Bethesda, MD, and stay busy with careers. Her son Trevor, wife and daughter live in Lower Manhattan. Karen asks all classmates to mark 2016 for our next class reunion.