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Cissy Humphrey      
5016 Les Chateaux Apt. 234
Dallas, TX 75235-8750
cissy1234@yahoo.com

Kari Andersen Shipley sends this announcement in: “The Shipley Hotel, Restaurant, Zoo and Parking Lot” in Delray Beach, Fla., has been operating at full capacity as 1977 classmates Angela Scully Elser, Cindy Webb, Linda Guardabassi Michael, Paula Brumm Hennessey, Vera Blake Theirs and Janet Williams Osborne spent a four-day weekend together at the Shipley home. They celebrated Cindy Webb’s recent retirement from the CIA where she was head of counter-intelligence and was awarded the Presidential Award for Meritorious Service by President Obama and General Petraeus. They also unsuccessfully tried to get Cindy to leak a few secrets, but she would not reveal anything even after waterboarding her with lots of wine! Lots of laughs and SBC stories were shared. Kari continues to fundraise for four charities and paint when she can find the time in the summer. There will be a family vacation to see youngest son Matt who will be finishing his two-year Peace Corp term in Paraguay and then on to Brazil. Middle son is off to law school while oldest son is working in south Fla. Once the boys finish graduate school maybe Kari’s husband can think about retiring!

Beth Bates Locke reports that her husband Claude just finished producing two Texas Health Resources commercials; they are the largest health provider in Texas. Daughter Becky finished summer school and will continue her studies at Brookhaven College in Dallas. Beth is still in agent sales at Briggs Freeman/Sotheby’s in Dallas, Texas.

Sherry Buttrick continues her work for Virginia Outdoors Foundation as assistant director of Easements in Charlottesville, Va. She’s been there for the last 20 years—conserving land through open-space easements. Sherry and her husband Forbes are finally building a house on about 80 acres they have had for several decades.

Teesie Costello Howell just celebrated her youngest child Suzannah’s graduation from William and Mary. Oldest child, Jackson finished a year of teaching in France and is now in N.Y.C. and wants to go to grad school in urban planning. Teesie continues to originate mortgage loans, which are finally starting to pick up; and husband Chris is still at Dom. Resources. Teesie’s father passed away in Feb. 2012, so she is spending more time with her mom.

In Chicago, Melanie Coyne Cody has just finished renovating the kitchen, adding a garage and fixing the foundation of the home they moved to in 2011. The Cody family went skiing after a train trip from Chicago to Colo. last Jan. They spent Easter in Hilton Head, and in July, sweltered in the hottest week in Wis. (over 100 degrees) with Missy Briscoe McNatt. They sat on the porch, drank G&Ts and read. In the small world department, Melanie hired a summer intern from Scripps College (daughter Sarah’s Alma Mater) who turned out to be Julie PettingaStalnecker’s daughter Zoe Stalnecker. So fun to make the SBC connection.

Galvin Gentry called in her update from Baltimore, Md., saying she appreciated being contacted and her news was she has “had a heart attack and stroke, but still is glad to be alive!” We all wish Galvin a speedy recovery!

Lynn Kahler Rogerson is living in her 1815 home in Old Town Alexandria, Va. Her daughter is now in 8th grade at National Cathedral School in D.C. and continues with piano and is on Pointe in ballet. Lynn continues organizing exhibitions for museums.

From Virginia Beach, Ann Kiley Crenshaw says summer has flown by so quickly! Son Clarke married Whitney Walker in Charlottesville on July 7. Classmates Sally Old Kitchin, Lisa Nelson Robertson, Catherine Adams and Melanie Rice Holland were there for the festivities. Clarke, Jr. is living in Houston. Younger son, Gordon, lives in N.Y.C. Ann continues to stay busy with law practice at Kaufman & Canoles and volunteer activities. Since Ann and Clarke Sr. are really empty nesters now, they decided they needed another chocolate lab puppy to keep them busy! They’re looking forward to the UVA football season and this will be the first time in 10 years that they won’t have a student at UVA! Ann had a mini-reunion with Mary Beth Hamlin, Sally Mott Freeman, Sally Old Kitchin and Cathy Slatinshek Prillaman in northern Va. in Aug.

From Rye, N.Y., Mare Moran reports it has been a busy year working as marketing and client relations director for the law firm of Dorf & Nelson, LLP. She enjoyed some time off traveling to Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Myrtle Beach and Colorado. Her son, Chris, works as a part time photographer and is a high school junior this year. In a few years he will start his photo career while getting a degree, and Mare plans to retire in the Myrtle Beach area!

In 2011, Tennessee Nielsen joined Jewish Family Services of Dallas as an employment counselor. She enjoys facilitating an employment networking group for Women 50+. Daughter Kelsey Indorf has relocating from Atlanta to D.C. to be a campus recruiter for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In April, Dede Ryan Ale, moved from Houston to Santa Monica, Calif. John is now General Counsel of OXY (Occidental Petroleum), and they love the Calif. weather. Sons John graduated from UVA in 2010 and Matt graduated from Vanderbilt in May 2012. Both boys are working in Richmond, Va.

Karina Schless is still working at Shire Pharma in HR Ops, riding her quarter horse Angus (now 21 years old, but doing great) and off to Jackson Hole for ranch holiday (and still looking to possibly move out there one day).

From Tennessee, Gina Spangler Polley and husband David are doing fine with their carpet business that is getting off to a slow start in this economic environment. Gina is starting to show her Jack Russell Terrier in rally obedience classes. She got her therapy dog certification and is taking her dog to schools and nursing homes. Gina still rides and shows horses. Gina and David just got back from a fabulous cruise from Venice to Barcelona. They liked it so much that they’ve put a deposit for a river cruise in China next Aug. “At our age we can’t put things off.”

Susan Verbridge Paulson, writes that she is still is Principal at Ranch Creek Elementary School in Colo. Springs, and is awaiting the birth of her first grandchild in Nov.

Sue Walton Klaveness has had a difficult year with family losses, but remains positive with some good news. She just retired from The Coca-Cola Company after 25 years! Her friends are lining up lunches and volunteer opportunities to keep her busy. Along with her hobbies, she won’t have a minute to spare. Susan and husband Mike are making travel plans, beginning with N.Y.C. then Ireland. Mike looks 20 years younger than his 64 years and still plays pick-up basketball with his buddies three times a week. They still enjoy ballroom dancing, Indy movies and their cats OK and Thomas.

Mary Woodford has been in Pinehurst, N.C., for two years now and loves it. She continues to work part time and works on her golf game. There are so many opportunities to play and learn in Pinehurst, and the weather permits almost year-round play. Mary is amazed at how easy it is to establish oneself in their new community, making friends and getting involved in boards and other activities. Mary’s two stepdaughters continue to impress, one has completed her Ph.D. in history from Yale, and the other is working on Ph.D. in public health at Berkeley. Mary and husband Jim were to connect, albeit briefly, with Sally Crickenberger Brady and her husband, Gordon at their son’s wedding in June. What a happy occasion and a lovely bride!

Gail Ann Zarwell Winkler continues her job in sales management for Doncaster in Neenah, Wis., while husband John works for the Small Business Development Center for Wis. Daughter Laura is back from graduate school in Wales and working on her thesis in event management while son William is in his second year of business school at William and Mary. They enjoy travel when they can, so far the children have picked great places to go to school so they have had wonderful places to visit!

And I, Cissy Humphrey, continue to work in Dallas, Texas, and occasionally have dinner and fun times with Beth Bates Locke, Tennessee Nielsen and Kay Ellisor Hopkins. Keep sending me your news and notes!