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July 14, 2007

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Charles Simmons

My father passed away in 1989 at the age of 71. He died of Alzheimer's disease. That was a traumatic experience for all of us, especially my mother.

One humorous characteristic of Alzheimer's patients is that they are in a completely different world minute by minute. My wife and I traveled to Houston to see my father. We had been at their home at least a day. Dad came around the corner into the living room the next day and was so surprised to see my wife and I. He exclaimed, "How long have you been here!"

Last February of 2007, we moved my mother from Houston to Arlington into an independent living facility. She is 85 and needing some help. Although sometimes tiring, it is a privilege to care for her. After all, she devoted many, many years to caring for me.

Bob Neal

Charles, I remember your mom and dad from the early days of our childhood and how our parents were friends and instrumental in bringing us up in church and behavioral values. As you visit, please remind your mom of Harold and Amelia Neal. The role reversal illustrated by both you and Karla is so significant and most likely akin to many others in our class. The love you provide(d) to your parents might also be accompanied with stress notably with daughters and wives carrying the significant role. As I read Karla’s note, I was thankful and in a way envious at her having a parental relationship for that long even with the role reversal. My father passed away while I was in the 2nd grade at Park Place. From that day until now I have missed not having a fatherly or male role model and the deficiency was noticeable in my relationship with my children. My mother passed away two years after her retirement and her relocating from Houston to Oak Ridge, Tenn. I sometimes wonder if it would have been better for her to have stayed in Houston. We can’t go back but we certainly can thank our Father for bringing us up by parents that provided love, demonstrated the value of life and significance of death.

Ray Prichard

I was blessed to have my father around until 1991 when he died at the age of 78. He was very sickly his last few years, from swallowing so much smoke and other junk as a City Fireman for 31 years. My step-mother was so devoted to him and catered to his every whim, no matter how minor the request.

He spent so much time in and out of the hospital the last few years. No matter how bad his latest illness causing hospital confinement, his first lucid request after being admitted would be,"when can I get out of here and go home". I regret that he died in the hospital, on an early morning when no one was around.

Fortunately,when I visited or phoned my father we always told each other I love you, hugged and gave each other a kiss. From my youngest memories, that was a ritual, when you came into his presence and whenever you were leaving. When I left him that last time, I leaned down and hugged him and kissed and told him I loved him. I know he died knowing how much he was loved.

I just got an email from one of our alumni who told me she had to fly to Houston recently to see her aging and sick mother. I told her how lucky she is to have a surviving parent, that technically most of us are now orphans.

I believe you should tell all of your loved ones you love them, every day, every time you talk. Life is too short and can be gone in an instant.

Dianne Scruggs Thompson

My father passed away at the age of 97 six years ago and was not ill until the very end. My mom is 99 and currently lives with me - I will be happy to share :) and you are all also welcome at her 100th birthday party in 3/08--Her cardiologist will be renewing her warranty at that time-- As you can see, I have been very fortunate

Charlotte Vann Casselberry

As many of you know, my mother, was a graduate of Milby also. She took great pride in that fact. She toured Milby with us and enjoyed seeing many of you. After the loss of my husband, we became close friends. She was a delight.. A take charge go getter, always ready to go.
She was a beautiful and elegant lady, always dressed to the nines. In October, 2005, right before her 82nd birthday she was diagnosed with Colon cancer. Her illness was devestating and ugly. I brought her to my home on Dec 1st under the care of Hospice and we lost her on New Years Eve. She lived a full life but even at 82, it was much too soon, leaving her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, sister and so many friends who miss her terribly. My heart goes out to those who struggle with this event of life. I encourage you to cherish each day as though it's the last. When we learned of my son's death, her comment was, "when you wake up, you never know what the day will bring."

Happy 100th Birthday

If you read back a couple of comments you will see that on September 8, 2007, Dianne Scruggs Thompson was looking forward to celebrating her mother's 100th birthday in March of 2008. I hope she will write to tell us about that wonderful celebration. Karla

Linda LITTLE Strickland

Parents want to hear our voice and feel our touch. My last day of work was a Wed., back for my retirement party on Friday, and off to Louisiana to be with my mother, age 84. I call my mother every day and for months had heard, '' I haven't seen another human in a week, I am so tired of looking at these four walls, I am hanging on till you get here''. Well....I have spent over a month with my mother. Every time the sun was shining we went for a ride. The casino was one of her favorite places to go and we made several trips. It didn't hurt when I won $1440.00 my first night on the quarter machine and later $445 another night. At that point I felt like I had found a new profession, but at the end of my visit I knew it was not to be. During my visit I encouraged mother to drink water and eat..eat..eat. Loneliness does affect the appetite. We stocked up on different types of food that are easy to fix and a crock pot was purchased, along with a coffee pot with timer that goes off after a couple of hours.

Mom wanted to make her funeral arrangements. We visited the local funeral home and picked out everything, down to the music. I was kind of taken back when her music selection was, ''Sentimental Journey''. The tombstone is to be in the shape of Texas because of her love of Texas, oh yes and a Texas flag flies in her yard. Mother made my son Keith promise to place a picket fence around her grave with a sign,''Don't Fence Me In''. All the insurance policies were collected and transfered over to the funeral home at the time of her death. All important papers were collected in one spot.

I drove to Louisiana in the car to drive my mother back to Savannah, "NO, I will not go to Savannah. If I decide to come back to Louisiana I will be out of my groove''. Mother is too alert to be in a nursing home, not home bound for Home Health, still drives to the beauty shop, bank, and grocery store. So time will tell. I read a poem today,
''The clock of life is wound but once,
and no man has the power......
to tell when the hands will stop......
at late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own...
Live, love, toil with a will....
Place no faith in time,
for the clock may soon be still.''

Knowing my daughter is expecting her first child mother knew I had to go. Everything was like our last and I hugged the frail body that once held me. The trip back to Savannah was a time to reflect on past memories. Upon my return I called to tell of my safe return. Mother had just finished picking up the tree limbs from a Feb. storm. Today I am in Ky., like ''Gone With The Wind'', I don't know nothing about birthing babies, but I am reading real fast and watching every move my daughter makes. Due date is MARCH 21. My cousin called from Louisiana and told me to watch for the first full moon. My son-in-law is a pilot and will not be back till Thursday, he had better hurry home. I attended the breast feeding class last night with my daughter and now know the importance of ''latching on''. When she told me she was having the baby natural I nearly fainted. I wonder how long it will be before she screams, '' GIVE ME DRUGS!'' Will let you know later. Linda

Dianne Scruggs-Thomson

Yes, we had my mom's 100th birthday bash on 3/1/08 at Las Alamedas in Houston--It was such a beautiful room and she enjoyed it so much, ( although she actually thinks she is 102:)--My daughter, Schann, showed approximately 2 hours of slides of individual family members at various ages, and also many of my mom in the 20's etc.-- These slides were so much of a hit that I would recommend them for most family birthdays--What a great idea!!!--Even the young ones were absolutely mesmerized--We all will definitely remember my mom's 100th and feel so blessed to still have her with us--She is an absolute hoot --Thanks Karla for remembering.

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THE SHOOTOUT: Part Deaux (June 2009)

  • Ga - A Happy Bunch of Buffalo
    June 6, 2009 - Eight Milby Buffs and their spouses gathered at the home of Larry and Charlene Smith for a little target practice and a lot of eating and visiting. A great time was had by all!!! Click on title or thumbnails to view and read more.

Charleen's Beautiful Crazy Quilt (June 2009)

  • B - And Then the Quilts Came Out
    One of the REAL treats at "The SHOOTOUT, Part Deaux" was the viewing of Charleen's quilts. Click thumbnail or title to see photos. Once inside be sure to read the captions.

Echoffs in Colorado

  • C) Crossing the Continental Divide
    John and Linn Echoff recently had an exciting expedition northward into Colorado. Click on title or thumbnail to read the narrative and view the sights they saw.

Wilson's 50th Anniversary

  • A) Laura and Loyd in 1960
    Laura (Striegler) and Loyd Wilson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Click on titles or thumbnails to view photos and read the narrative.

Ladies Luncheon July 27, 2010

  • A) The Gathering at the Black Lab
    Once again the invitation went out - and was answered by 17 of our classmates. Click on the title or thumbnail to view photos and read the captions.

Barker/Davis Reunion, 7/26/2010

  • A) Ed, Karla, Cathie, and Thurburn
    Enroute from their home in North Carolina to a conference in Colorado, Thurburn and Cathie Barker stop for a visit with Ed and Karla Davis in Waco, Texas. Click on title or thumbnail to view photos and read narrative of this reunion.

Charles and Dolly in Hawaii, May 2010

  • B) The Oahu Beaches
    Charles Crider wrote, "In mid-May, we departed Houston and flew to Honolulu for a duel celebration of Dolly’s birthday and our 45th anniversary." Click on the title or thumbnail to see enlarged photos and read the captions.

John Echoff's Retirement Celebration

  • B) The Echoffs - Looking Mighty Happy!
    May 15, 2010 was the date for a grand retirement celebration for John Echoff. Click on titles or photos to enlarge the photos and read the captions.

Ladies' Luncheon Held May 13, 2010

  • A) Millby Girls Gathered May 13
    Jody Bugg orchestrated the May 13, 2010 luncheon and wrote: “We had 19 attend the luncheon today. We had a great time.” Click on thumbnails or titles to enlarge the photos and read the captions - more narrative to follow.

50th Reunion Friday Night "Meet and Greet"

  • G) Milby 50th Reunion Friday Night 016
    Here are the First Photos of the Milby 1960 50th Reunion - much more to come, including captions!!! Click on photos to open and enlarge.

50th Reunion Saturday Lunch

  • Milby 50th Reunion Saturday Lunch  064
    The threat of inclement weather dictated a change of venue. However, that did not in any way change our enjoyment of the company. Click on photos to open and enlarge. (Captions will follow)

50th Reunion Saturday Night Dinner and Dance

  • Milby 50th Reunion Dinner Dance
    Glamorous duds and a four course meal were advertised for the Saturday evening gala, but laughter and love were the main attractions. Click on photos to open and view. (captions will follow)

50th Reunion Sunday Morning Brunch

  • Milby 50th Reunion Sunday Brunch 142
    It was difficult to say farewell on Sunday morning, but already there was talk of "the next time we get together..." Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. (captions will follow)

Criders' Albino Bluebonnets

  • D) Rare Occurence
    Charles and Dolly Crider enjoy the flora near their Marble Falls cabin. Click on thumbnails to read captions and view enlarged photos of rare albino bluebonnets.

Click on Links to Pages and BIOGRAPHIES

Brenda Burnett's Elementary Photos

  • 7) Bob Neal - Park Place Elementary 1950
    Brenda Collins Burnett has sent the photos from her elementary years. She started school at Park Place Elementary (2 years) and finished at Southmayd Elementary. Can you find yourself in any of these photos? Perhaps you can help her fill in the gaps on her identification. Post your info via a comment under the post "Photo Albums". Now click on this thumbnail to open the album. and then click on each thumbnail inside to see the enlarged photos and descriptions.

The Kids in Our Lives

  • 1A) Charlene Hickman Family
    We all have them - whether sons and daughters, grandkids (or great grandkids), nieces and nephews, or the kids next door. And we all love them - especially when they are being their best selves and looking adorable. So how about sending some photos of the kids in your life!?!?! (Click on each photo to open.)

Reunion Planning Committee

  • EA) A Quorum Assembled
    Click on thumbnails or titles to see photos from recent gatherings of the Milby 1960 Reunion Planning Committee. To return to the main post, click on the phrase "milby1960.typepad.com" at the top left of this album.

Beverly's Valentine's Day Concert (2010)

  • B) Milbyites in Attendance
    Beverly Frankinson Allison invited us all to attend her Amadeus Woodwind Quintet concert on Feb. 14. Click on thumbnails or titles to see photos of the event.

Feb First Lunch Bunch 2010

  • Conclusion
    Jody Bugg invited the Ladies of the Milby Class of 1960 to meet for lunch on Monday, February 1. Click on titles or thumbnails to see the photos of this occasion and read the narrative.

Milby Class of '59 Reunion

  • Zc
    October 16-18, 2009 was the weekend for the 50th Reunion of the Milby Class of 1959. These guys were our heroes - the "older" classes always are! Click on titles or thumbnail to see photos of that great group of Buffalo.

Current Photos of 1960 Milby Grads - Photo Album

  • Ac) Alton Couvillon
    Current photos of Milby grads and their friends and families (especially grandkids and great grandkids and/or other 2nd and 3rd generation youngsters). Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images. Send your photos and narrative to your blogmeister. (davise@swbell.net)

Milby's Jim Post in Concert, November 2009

  • S - Jim and Karla
    Going back in time to make a new set of memories, Ed and Karla joined Randy and Jeanine on a pleasant 2 hour drive in the country to the sleepy little town of Crockett. Click thumbnails or titles to see the photos and read the narrative.

John, Larry & Charles ~ Just Hanging Out, Oct 2009

  • F - Tasha
    Three Buffs and their brides had a great time hanging out at a campground "somewhere in East Texas". Click on titles or thumbnails to view and read.

Charlotte's Wedding Album (Oct. 2009)

  • J - God's Plans
    Remember the lovely Cinderella Story Charlotte shared with us a while back? Well, here's the beginning of the next chapter - HER Wedding!!!. Click on the titles or thumbnails for a larger view and narrative.

Sonny Jones & "American Boogie" ~ June 2009

  • D) The Pastels circa 1960
    A group of Milby Buffs gathered in Kemah to enjoy Sonny Jones and the band "American Boogie" perform. Click on titles or thumbnails to view photos and read captions. June 27, 2009

Karla's African Adventure in the 60's

  • Sb) Shopping with Masai Along the Road
    Check out the adventurous life Karla and Ed Davis lived in Africa in the 60's. Made memories to last a lifetime! Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read captions.

Kemah and Galveston After Ike, March '09

  • Zm) An Encouraging Symbol
    While there is still much devastation, and much more work to be done, the rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast are in full swing. Click on title or thumbnail to see photos and read narrative of the trip Karla and Ed Davis took to that area during Spring Break.

What I Did This Summer ~ 2009

  • Z) Charlotte, Bo, and Gladys at a Luau
    Do you remember this favorite topic teachers assigned for a first writing project when school started each fall? Let's revisit it through our classmates' photos and captions. Click photos to open/enlarge and to read narrative.

Holiday Gatherings, 2008

  • (Od) Icicles
    Click on each title or thumbnail to enter the album and see enlarged views. Then send us some photos of your Holiday Gatherings (folks and activities) so we can e-congregate with you! (send to Karla as e-mail attachments).

Favorite Fall Photos 2008

  • (Ace) - Sunrise in Marble Falls
    Click on titles or thumbnails to view enlarged images and read captions for these often gorgeous, sometimes humorous, and usually informative Favorite Fall Photos submitted by our classmates.

Bikers and Babes (2008)

  • B - Bikers and Babes
    Enjoy this report of a party hosted by Charlotte Vann Casselberry. Click on titles or thumbnails to view enlarged images.

Hurricane Ike Scenes

  • A - Kemah after Ike
    Click on the titles or thumbnails to show enlarged views of these photos of the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. September 13th, 2008

Sheila's Flora and Fauna ~ 2007

  • E - Honey Bees and Bumble Bees
    Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read comments about "the animals that visit us at our place in the country".

Larry's Nightly Visitors, '08 & '09

  • H - The Whole Gang Came Along
    Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read comments about the Raccoons in Larry's world.

Larry's Incredible Century Plant, Spring 2009

  • N - All But the Top Four in Bloom - June 28, 09
    Throughout the Spring and into the Summer we have watched as Larry Smith's Century plant "does its thing"! Click on thumbnails or titles to see this incredible sight. Read captions for details.

Destination Kenney (AKA Sheila's TAG SALE) 2008

  • G - A Gathering of the Herd
    The idea is conceived, the adventure ensues, the saga unfolds... On 5/9/2008, Sheila Steele Howard sent an e-mail to this blogmeister, inquiring about the possibility of advertising a TAG SALE that was to be held in the Ag Hall in Kenney, Texas on June 6 & 7. Click on this title or image to view more on this topic. Then click on the thumbnail of each photo to view the enlarged picture.

On the Road with John and Linn, June 2008

  • A - John and Linn, "Partners" on the Road
    John and Linn Echoff recently returned from a 3492 mile road trip, taking time to “smell the roses” throughout the heartland of America. Click on this title or image to view some of the sights they saw and to read John’s narrative. Then click on the thumbnail of each photo to view the enlarged picture.

Travel with Gladys

  • O - Versailles
    "Bo and I have been blessed to travel to a lot of different countries over the last 17 years. What a joy to see so many of the beautiful places in this world." Click on this title to see the places in the world that Gladys Payne Bohac has been privileged to visit. Once inside the album, click on each thumbnail for an enlarged view and the accompanying narrative.

"Holiday Expressions", Charlotte and Gladys (2007)

  • "Razzle Dazzle Red"
    Charlotte Vann Casselberry Dew and Gladys Payne Bohac create beautiful Christmas decorations and gifts and sell them through their business, "Holiday Expressions". Click on the title or thumbnail to open the album. Once in, click on each thumbnail to see an enlarged view of some of their creations and to read other information about their business.

Karla's Projects

  • AD - Kaleidoscope of Ryan
    My sense of personal fulfillment seems to be somewhat dependent on having a creative project in progress. My projects seldom conform to anything seen in hobby shops or magazines. They are, however, creative, and they are all mine! Double click on this title to open. Inside, double click on any thumbnail to see an enlarged image and read about the project. (Then - as always - send me your stuff so I can create a project photo album on the blog for YOU!)

Ken Corey - Our Man in Macedonia, 2008

  • 01 - Ken Corey on the "Boardwalk" in Macedonia
    Ken Corey and his wife Carole spent a few years in the beautiful city of Skopje, Macedonia while Ken managed a building project. Let's view this part of the world through their eyes and experiences! To open this album, click on the title or the photo. Once inside, be sure to click on thumbnails to view larger images and read narrative.

Paul Schrader's Gorilla Trek, July 2007

  • A Bit of Paul's Bio
    Paul Schrader and his wife, Carolyn, recently (July 2007) returned from a trip to Africa during which they were privileged to engage in a trek to view the mountain gorillas of Uganda . Click on this album title to view the pictures and read Paul's commentary. When viewing the photos, click on the thumbnails for an enlarged image.

Christmas 2007 Photo Album

  • P - Larry Smith Family, Christmas 2007
    Let's share the photos that we took at Thanksgiving or over the Christmas Holidays this year (2007). Click on this title or thumbnail to open this album. Then, as you look at each image, double click on the thumbnail for an enlarged view.

Elementary Class Photos

  • Immaculate Conception Catholic School
    These will take you WAY BACK! Here are photos from our elementary school classes. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) If you can supply more info or other photos, contact your blogmeister. (davise@swbell.net)

Photos from Deady Junior High

  • Deady Band - Our 8th Grade Year
    For most of us, this age was pretty awkward as we were continually changing in every way. But it was an exciting time too, as we met and made new friends from the other elementary schools that fed into Deady. See if you recognize the Milby 1960 graduates among these smiling faces. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Submit other photos or information to your blogmeister. davise@swbell.net

Various Milby Era Photos (1957-60)

  • Austin 1961
    Our Milby Buffalo yearbooks contain many photographs that serve as the basis for memories of our days at Milby. Some of us have other photos of various activities and events during the years we were in high school that were not in the Buffalo. This album contains photos that fit in that category. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Send your photos and info to your blogmeister. davise@swbell.net

1958 Carats Program

  • '58 Carats Program Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1958 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

1959 Carats Program

  • '59 Carats Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1959 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

1960 Carats Program

  • '60 Carats Show Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1960 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

Milby Kaleidoscope Programs

  • Kaleidoscope Stars, 1959
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos from the Plainsman produced Kaleidoscope Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Please send any related photos that you have to add to this collection. davise@swbell.net

Milby Drama Department Productions

  • "The Good Hope", Stage 59
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos from various productions and activities related to the Milby Drama Department to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Please send any related photos that you have to add to this collection. davise@swbell.net
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