A life well lived ... The passing of Bonnie Gellerman’s “Aunt Mary” has left a definite void within our community. The following are Bonnie’s words of thanks and reflection in honor of her Aunt Mary Duncan:
Thank you to all the friends and family who helped and attended “Aunt Mary’s” service. Thank you to Cody and Isis for making the beautiful program and a special thanks to Samantha Mcginnis and Bill for their beautiful “precious memories” song. Mary Jordan Duncan was a 70-year resident of Valley Home and Escalon. She moved here when my mom found her the place on Lone Tree Road next to Marcel and Kathy Dickens (Maudes) old place. She wanted her two boys Larry and Steve to be at Valley Home school - Mr. Pope’s structure - discipline and teaching ways were her savior - while working two jobs knowing her sons were under his ‘watch.’ My sisters Patty, Mike and Polly and Karen and brother Fred Gafman all attended V.H. Patty and Jim Charles girl also attended as well as Fred and Janie’s boys - Generations- Valley Home has always been good to our families. Audrey Rinna sent cookies and rice! Roseta and Bob - best cake ever. Shelly Carpenter pies to die for (oops) Tina- macaroni salad. Thank you to Franze and Tracie Fletcher for the delicious beef. Our very own Mr. Tom for drinks, by the way. Mr. Tom resides in his new residence, the old Mary Jordan house 100 years old. She said the Lord sent him to her. Thank you Vickie Dickens for all your hard work and help - May her memories keep smiles on your face.
Bonnie Gellerman, her favorite niece.
Remember to support St. John’s Lutheran Church by purchasing delicious homemade enchiladas. This is a great way to support our hometown and help St. John’s work towards a new well! To order please call Tammie at 604-6942. The enchiladas are $15 for a half-dozen. Enjoy a great dinner while helping out St. John’s!
Valley Home School celebrated their students of the month at a very spirited awards ceremony last Friday! Students earning this top honor for the month of October were: Oscar Olvera, Cody Bartholomew, Maci Soares, Callie Chrisman, Natalie Duvall, Troy Cox, Payton Topie, Rylan Eprosen, and Kody DeRuyter. Congratulations to each of you. Well done!
It’s a busy week at the school this week. Today there is a collaboration meeting at 3:00pm. Tomorrow, Thursday, for all students who for one reason or another need to have their picture re-taken! On Friday students will meet in the school gym for the first trimester awards assembly, 4th-8th grades assembly will be held from 1:50pm-2:10pm with the K-3 grades assembly from 2:15pm-2:45pm. School will be closed the week of Monday; November 24th thru Friday November 28th and will resume on December 1.
Remember to mark your calendars for the annual community sponsored Christmas Parade! Everyone is invited to join in the fun by showing up between 5:00pm and 5:30pm with a lighted parade entry. Entries must be in good taste and be safe. There are no sign ups ... Just be in line and ready to go at 5:30pm! The lighted parade usually goes twice around the town square (... sometimes even three times around). The parade starts in front of the old school promptly at 5:30pm and remember all entries should have lights on them!
Immediately following the Christmas Parade, everyone is invited to meet in front of the beautiful little Christmas tree at our community park. Our 4-Hers will welcome everyone to the lighting of our little tree and the singing together of a Christmas carol! The doors to our nice warm school will open after the tree lighting to welcome everyone inside for our community Christmas Potluck. Everyone is encouraged to bring your favorite dish to share. Santa’s Cottage will once again welcome everyone. Please come and enjoy this special community event!
As always you may reach me by email at email@example.com or by calling 985-5233. Until next time, “Happy Trails to All!”