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Funerals temper nights out dining with family

Thursday evening, Jim and I met our daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Mike Turner, for dinner at the Little Creek Casino. I played the penny slot machine and was hoping to hit big money, but it didn’t happen.

Friday we attended the services for Dick Gravatt at the Satsop Cemetery. The rain did come down hard, but thank goodness almost every one had an umbrella with them and stayed dry. That evening, Jim suggested we go into town for dinner and I never turn down a chance to dine out.

Saturday, the Satsop Methodist Church held a basket bingo at the senior center in Elma. Thanks to Tami, Abby and Dalton Combs, Rose, Angie and Alex Patton, Lolita Schneider, Sheri Russell, Francine Carpenter and Pastor K for setting things up and cleaning up after bingo. The money made at bingo is to help Fifi, who we have adopted, and her family in Haiti.

Later on, Jim and I joined our son and his family, Jim, Shawn, Ben and Jake Borden, Shawn’s parents, Vern and Joann Spatz, and three friends of Ben and Jake for dinner at the Buffalo Wings in Olympia for Ben and Jake’s 17th birthday. Yes that is three nights in a row I didn’t have to cook dinner. Yeah!!

Sunday morning, at the Satsop Methodist Church, we had the honor of having “Aunt Pearl Lucken” and her family join us for the service. Aunt Pearl turned 101 earlier this month and told her family she wanted to come back to the Satsop Church that she attended as a young girl and put her 101 pennies in for her birthday. Pearl lives in Forks. Her daughter and son-in-law, Andi and Richard Halverson, brought her on Sunday. Her son and his wife, Jim and Carol Lucken, came from Orting and granddaughter and family, Rick and Heather Dycus, from Ocean Shores. Aunt Pearl is related to the Comfort and Tarman families so all their families came to church to wish her a Happy Birthday. Bob and Julie Hunt and family from Napavine, John and Sandy Tarman from Chehalis, Dave, Sheri and Josh Russell and Jim and Missy Crisp and family. We had a full church to wish Aunt Pearl a Happy Birthday. Jim Crisp joined Aunt Pearl in putting coins in for his 48th birthday. Special music was provided by the joint Elma/Satsop Choir.

Prayers were asked for the families of Dick Gravatt, Al Gillman,and Pat Hogan. Prayers for healing for Bev Scott, Darrell McCallum and Kathy Marsh. Myrna Manier asked for prayers for a safe trip for her, Stephanie Parson and the rest of the group going to Bolivia this next week on their yearly mission trip. Fern Osgood thanked everyone for all the cards, phone calls and visits she received while she was sick. Barb Tarman told how lucky husband Red was when he and Flash Gordon were walking across the lawn at the service for Dick Gravatt when an old grave caved in and they fell in a hole. Angie Patton shared the joy that she has only 83 more days till graduation.

Sunday afternoon, Jim and I joined many family and friends in a celebration of life for Al Gillman at the Moose Club in Montesano.

After attending two funeral services this week and seeing at both services the large number of friends coming to say goodbye my thought for the week is about friendship: “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship” — Saint Thomas Aquinas

Yvonne Borden is a regular contributor to The Vidette of news from the Satsop and Elma areas. She can be reached at (360) 482-3284.