Arlene Kovash

Did Christmas come early this year or what? No, Thanksgiving was late, so the time between the holidays was just short enough between the two that activities seemed to be more low key.

Norm and Donna Baldwin’s son, Dan, his wife, Jael, and their daughters, Ginger and Molly, came to Pedee from Holley (near Sweet Home) for dinner, as well as did “neighbors” Wyatt and Joy Overly — neighbors to us being anyone within, say, 10 miles.

Betty Forry was delighted to celebrate her 101st Christmas in the company of daughter June Clark, grandson Patrick Clark, and great-granddaughter Britni Weiss-Clark. Britni was able to spend three days in Pedee enjoying time with her oldest living relative and uncle.

Daniel Russell’s parents, Jerry and Phyllis Russell of Pleasant Hill, spent much of Christmas day with him, wife Heidi and their kids. They shared gifts with one another and snacked on cheese fondue. The next day, Heidi’s whole side of the family joined them — her grandparents from Sisters, her brother and his family from Cottage Grove, her sister and her family from Redding, Calif., and her parents from Creswell. They exchanged gifts, played games and had a great time together.

Steven and Audrey Cameron gathered at son James and his wife Jenny’s house in Milwaukie for Christmas with their family. The six littlest cousins had so much fun, they got together again on Dec. 29 at the Portland Zoo.

Pam Burbank went to Prineville to be with her parents, Alvin and Elsie Jones. Family that came and went over the week were brother Larry Jones and his wife Michele and daughter Kailee from Eugene, sister Kathy and husband Scott McKinley from Albany, son Jon and Maiya Burbank from Portland, and son Michael Burbank from Monmouth. Those that went home over Christmas weekend hit snow and slow traffic, and had to put on chains to get over the mountain passes, while Pam stayed and enjoyed 4 inches of snow and zero-degree weather.

Dave and Suzanne Burbank had a Christmas Eve dinner with Dave’s brothers, Dan and his wife Mikki from Dallas, and Dennis and his daughter Rachel from Independence, son Derek and his girlfriend Ashley Grucza from Turner, and his aunt Alberta Jones and cousin Raymond Jones. On Christmas Day, Dave and Suzanne, and Paul and I, had breakfast with son Brennan and Callie and their kids Annabelle and Jake in Independence, then went on in to Salem to have lunch and dinner with sister Lorraine and Doug Odell and their two daughters, Victoria and Christina.

Sam and Judy Guida had their Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve with friends and family. Sam’s niece, Jackie, came down to help out, and brother Joe was there from Houston for a week’s visit. Bob and Lynda Schnekenburger visited on Christmas Day. Their son, Matt, and Amanda Guida and granddaughter Miranda came for a four-day visit after Christmas. Sam, with leukemia, is rather pessimistic about making it to another Christmas, so he appreciated the company on this one.

Pedee Church served dinner to the homeless under the Marion Street Bridge in Salem twice in December (Dec. 22 and Dec. 29), taking Christmas goodie bags to the approximately 125 people. The bags were made up by the congregation after church on Dec. 21. Churches in and near Salem take turns serving dinner and Pedee is scheduled for the fourth Monday, plus take the fifth Monday if there is one, of the month. The people are very appreciative.

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