PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash


Arlene Kovash

Alvin Jones, a former neighbor and father of Pam Burbank, died at his home in Prineville on Feb. 23. His service will be at Prineville Community Church on Saturday at 1 p.m. He will be missed.

Nine members and friends of the Pedee community’s “Thursday Morning Bible Study” that met on Wednesdays — yep, this is correct — in the 1970s and ’80s gathered at Deanne Maddux’s Monmouth home on Feb. 23 for a long overdue reunion and potluck.

In addition to catching up on what all are doing, Audrey Cameron read a hilarious history of the Bible study from start to finish, including how we each joined.

In addition to Audrey and Deanne, Donna Baldwin, Pat Nance, Joan Kaiser, Alberta Jones, Diane Telfer, Deanne’s sister-in-law Mildred Birchel and I were there. It was noted that many of our members had passed away at this point, including Virginia Burbank, May Bornholdt, Carla and Shelly Burbank, and Vi Wendler.

We agreed to meet again on May 3 at Joan Kaiser’s in Monmouth.

Deanne Maddux is still doing well. Her great-granddaughter, Crystal Balzar, lives with her. She had taught at Pedee School in the early 1960s, then taught mostly first- and second-graders for 20 years at Kings Valley School before retiring in 1988.

Mel and Marguerite Nice recently spent two weeks in sunny Sun City West near Phoenix, Ariz., to visit former Vernonia neighbors. They drove through Nevada to get there and back, and were delighted to see herds of antelope on the way home.

I taught beginning quilting at the Pedee Women’s Club last Wednesday, which worked out well, even though there were only three of us, including June Clark of Pedee and Pat Ohlson of Monmouth. On March 18, I’ll probably repeat much of what was said, if needed, and continue on with more information. We are planning to have our classes on the third Wednesdays as the club’s community potluck is on the last Wednesday of each month, so watch for what’s next.

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