Monterey Matters: Catching up with old friends

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By Dana Burke

Hope all you mothers out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Evelyn went to church Sunday; however, neither daddy nor I made it this year.
A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from Jan Riddle, a native of Owen County who now makes her home in Frankfort.
Jan wrote:
“Since we didn’t get together for Christmas due to the bad weather, my niece, Ruth Glass Salyer, decided to have an Easter get-together. We all gathered at Ruth and Clarence’s house in Shelby County over the weekend, Saturday. We had a good crowd and everyone enjoyed themselves and had a good time, there were about 35 people there for the party. There was plenty of food and fun, it was cold and rainy but everyone enjoyed visiting with the family. Silas Prather gave our blessing before the meal. We try to get together as often as possible, with only four of us left out of nine, we really miss the others who has passed on to a better place. I have done really well since I got home from my heart surgery, with God by my side. I feel and breathe a lot better than I have for about three years, I thank God every day for keeping me here walking with the living. I would like for people to know how good I have done since God brought me back to my family.”
Thanks for sharing this with us, Jan. I’m sure your family is very thankful you are doing so much better as well. Jan also sent me another piece of information last week that I’d like to share with you all.
  “On April 23, I had Easter dinner at my house, the kids were all there and most of my grandchildren. My niece and great-niece and new baby boy were there too, they came early to help me get everything ready. I had about 20 people there for dinner, it was a good feeling to be able to cook and get things ready for them. Last year I felt so bad and I didn’t have energy enough to do much of anything. I have been doing a lot of work in my yard this year. It sure is a good feeling to do that. Shannon says he is surprised that I have gotten so much done in the yard. He says he is glad to see me out there. Shannon and Clara Jane don’t want me to mow the yard, they say that is a little too much. I have lost over 50 pounds and that makes me feel a lot better, I can bend over, breathe better and get around so much better than I could the last 2 or 3 years.”
So happy to hear you are doing and feeling much better, Jan. Thank you so much for submitting some news for me to share. I’m sure everyone enjoys hearing about others besides me and my family each and every week.
I strongly encourage any and everyone to feel free to send me any news that you would like to share with our readers. I enjoy sharing what others submit to me as well.
Yet again, our family has endured another loss. As many know by now Don Atha recently passed away. Don was the son of Ranzel and Ada Atha. He left behind a wife (Betty) and his son Rodney, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don will greatly be loved and missed by many. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
On Friday, Terry, Stacy and Brad surprised Viola with a surprise birthday celebration at O’Harvey’s in Lawrenceburg. This is the place where Daddy and Coleman hang out about every Friday night. There was a very large crowd there to help Viola in celebrating another year older. I got there late but made it none the less.
Afterwards I went and visited with Kirby while I was in Lawrenceburg for a little while. He had a Mother’s Day flower for me when I got there. It was really good to see him, it had been a while since I saw him last.
We received some bad news Saturday morning. One of my cousins called to say that our Uncle Gene had passed away that morning. Gene was a husband to our mom’s sister, Lou Boler. Gene had a stroke eight years ago (the day Lee and I were married) and never really recovered from this. Lou and her son, David, have cared for him every since. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers as well. Evelyn and I, along with Daddy, went down Sunday to spend the day with them.
I suppose that’s about all I have for this time. Until we meet again, please be safe and please continue to keep all our sick in your thoughts and prayers.