Easter in Pedee was a real family affair.
The night before, Pam Burbank and Jo Dhooghe presented a traditional Passover meal for 25 people, explaining the symbolism of Passover and connection to Christ.
After Sunrise Service on Easter morning at Womer Cemetery, the men of Pedee Church hosted their annual Easter breakfast, where several families came together to eat scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage and fruit prepared by Rod Baldwin, Tim Barnhart, Dave and Derek Burbank, Shawn Brotherton, Chuck and Aaron Goetzinger, and maybe a few more.
Then at 10 a.m., a near record 95 people came back for the worship service to celebrate the risen Christ, including members' families from all over.
It was fun to see many of the young men, who attended church as children, come with their young families: Nick and Chris Bush and Brennan Burbank all had babies in arms.
As with most of us, Pete and LaVerne Bennett had their children and families for Easter Sunday dinner. Their son Rick, Michelle and Nash from Airlie Road, daughter Lisa from Newberg and her friend Susan, grandson Josh Bennett from Kaiser, and son Jim and Julie and family from Salem, and LaVerne's brother, Donald Price of Falls City, were all there. The only one missing was son Michael and his family, who live in Delaware.
Pete and LaVerne were surprised recently to see grandson Maxwell Bennett on TV. He had been invited to a second presidential news conference, this time in the Rose Garden, and was once again standing just behind President Obama.
Ted and Ethelene Osgood served brunch for their family on Easter morning, and Paul and I had our kids over for dinner and games that afternoon.
I didn't hear of any Easter Egg hunts in Pedee this year.
Sara Chupp of McMinnville visited the Pedee Women's Club with Marguerite Nice last week. Her grandfather, Tracy McTimmons, homesteaded here in the 1800s, giving his name to McTimmons Road, school and valley (the Sunken Grade area).
He is buried behind Dorothy McBeth's home, as is a young man who reportedly ran home from Falls City on a hot summer day, then jumped into the creek to cool off while too hot.
The men of Pedee Church will sponsor their second annual Eastern Oregon sage rat shoot May 18-20. It was great fun last year and included guys from all over. They welcome new friends and old, so if you'd like to come, they would love to have you. Call Tim Barnhart for details, 541-929-4111, and sign up early for planning purposes.