Arlene Kovash went to Mesa, Ariz., Feb. 3 to visit her mother, Christina Dorsey, who lives there in the winter.
Christina recently moved from her home to a small mobile home near her daughter, Vicki Massey, and family.
Arlene's daughter, Suzanne Burbank, and grandchildren, Brennan and Derek, of Airlie joined her Feb. 12 to spend the weekend, see the new place and to let the boys visit Vicki's sons, Sterling, and, twins Preston and Taylor.
While there, they visited the Tumacacori Mission National Monument, Mexico, Kartchner Caverns (similar to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico), Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Tombstone and Goldfield (a ghost town in the Superstition Mountains near Mesa).
The boys also enjoyed swimming at the pool in Grandma Dorsey's new mobile home park.
They arrived home Feb. 17.
Paul and Betty Ronco and son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Kathy Ronco of Falls City, and daughters, Brenda Ronco of Dallas and Renee Ronco of Seattle, Wash., spent the weekend near Welches.
They celebrated daughter Margaret's birthday with relatives and friends the evening of Feb. 21.
They had early Sunday brunch with Margaret and family.
The Roncos were surprised to see so much snow near the Jarvis home -- from two to three feet.
Pattie Griffin planned and hosted the Valentine dessert the evening of Feb. 20 at the Pedee Church.
Alberta Jones and Nonie Burbank helped her decorate Friday morning.
Pattie asked everoyone to bring her a picture of when they were young.
She mounted each on a round, white doily and had them on display. Much of the early evening was spent trying to identify the 25 people.
The winner was Mike McBeth, with 17 correct.
Ted Jones won a small jar of candy hearts as he guessed the nearest number of hearts it contained.
Delicious refreshments included a carrot sheet cake, cheesecakes, pies, fresh fruit and other toppings, punch and coffee.
Pastor Mark and Diane Purkey attended with their son, Simon.
Mark is the pastor at the Clear Lake Evangelical Church near Salem and was the evening speaker.
Before his father spoke, Simon sang "Down From His Glory" and "The Love of God" -- accompanied by his mother at the piano.
In Pastor Purkey's message, "Communications," he noted the need for God's love in solutions.
Several from Pedee were among the many attending the birthday celebration honoring "Bud" Bush of Kings Valley on his 80th birthday.
The family honored him Feb. 22 at the Kings Valley School gym.
My sister, Nila Shellenbarger of Monmouth, and I went with her son, Larry Shellenbarger of Buena Vista to the graveside service for her 83-year-old sister-in-law Helen Shellenbarger of North Bend Feb. 16 at the Dallas Cemetery.
Helen was born March 1, 1920, in Henley, Neb., and died Feb. 13 at Coos Bay. Her obituary was in the Feb. 18 issue of the Itemizer-Observer.
The Rev. Dave Pederson of Dallas officiated.
The musical selections were "Look at Us" and "Peace in the Valley."
The Rev. Pederson read the obituary, the family remembrances by daughter Carol Smyth and the letter Chelsea had written to her great-grandmother on her 80th birthday. The pastor shared several scriptures.
The many relatives and friends attending and the many beautiful flower arrangements and flowering plants showed other silent remembrances.
Several carried umbrellas which were not needed, but it was chilly.