Friends, relatives, former Sunday school students and even a classmate came to say goodbye to Nola Womer Dec. 28 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.
Her funeral was a testament to all she touched with her faithfulness to God as shown by her unfailing service as our piano player since she was a young girl, and church secretary and teacher for almost as long. Many in the audience had tales to tell of her bigger-than-life presence in her Sunday school class.
Nola was also remembered for the beautiful flowers she provided for the altar from her garden and her knowledge of each plant in her garden and the surrounding woods.
Her fellow grade-school classmate at Pedee and the last living member of that class, LaVina Simpson Bliss, came from Keizer to say goodbye to her "best friend" there.
Nola will be missed.
At church we also learned of the death of Bob Barnhart, longtime resident of Kings Valley and father of member Tim Barnhart. He died at the end of a beautiful Christmas Day with his family.
Alan Garton of Pedee was elected president of the Polk About Sams Club, an RV camping group that belongs to the national Good Sam Club.
The chapter has members from Polk, Lincoln and Marion counties.
From March through October they have monthly campouts, usually lasting four days, at various locations throughout the state and Washington. Activities are planned for the campouts so that all have a lot of fun.
The club is always looking for new members, so if you have any type of pull trailer, 5th wheel trailer, motor home, camper or tent trailer, call Alan at 503-838-2700 for information on how to join.
Sam and Judy Guida's niece, Jackie Trussell, came to visit them for the week of Christmas from Tampa, Fla. Trussell has visited the Guidas every year, mostly during the summer months, since she was a very young girl. She is now a nurse studying for her master's degree at the University of Florida in Tampa.
Almost 100 people attended the Christmas Eve candlelight service at Pedee Church.
Heidi Russell, Dan Hayes and Jo Dhooghe told the Christmas story and Shawn Brotherton read a tale about Christmas trees to the children between the singing of favorite Christmas hymns led by Pastor Mitch Lee.
The service ended with "Silent Night" as candles were lit in the darkened sanctuary, representing Christ coming as the light of the world.
Nick and Debbie Johnson were there with Nick's daughter and son-in-law, Trish and Tracy Heavern from the Portland area, as well as several other visitors.