The nice thing about Mother’s Day is that everyone does what they want — no turkey or ham to cook, no real expectations. Pete and LaVerne Bennett and family had a picnic at Fort Hoskins. Marguerite and Mel Nice went clam digging at Seaside with friends from Amity. Bill and Judy Dixon went to the coast with their family: daughter Rhonda King, her son Cody, and his son, 18-month-old Parker, all from Salem. That’s four generations! 

Darrel and Shirley McBeth had a potluck at Darrel’s mother Dorothy’s house with the whole family. Gary, Sandy, and Kimber were there from Dallas, as well as Connie Ames and daughter Renee and Connie’s son Denny and Laurel McBeth. And son Sam and Terry Proctor came from down the road. On Saturday, the day before, Darrel and Shirley and her sister Kathy Ronco and husband Brad took her mother, Elizabeth Stout from Falls City, to Chen’s in Dallas for their grand opening. Said it was good.

Bill and Linda Chertudi’s two grandsons Nick and Ethan Unger helped Linda with yard work the day before Mother’s Day, then that night most the family was there for a barbecue, including the boys’ parents Michelle and Aaron Unger, their daughter Emma, and Bill and Linda’s daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Delmer Sisson from Salem.

Shawn and Trina Brotherton invited the Russells over after church for a hike and wiener roast. The kids, Kalina and Kendan Brotherton, and Allana, Alex, Abigail, Ahiyeh, Winnie (Arwynne), and Amaya Russell loved it all.

We got together with daughter and son-in-law Suzanne and Dave Burbank for our usual dinner and pinochle game. And for the easiest of all, June Clark brought KFC home because her mother, 103-year-old Betty Forry wasn’t feeling all that well and chicken goes down easy.

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Don’t forget that the Bethel Mountain Bluegrass Band will be in concert at the Pedee Church on Sunday, at 6 p.m. We’ll serve pie and ice cream afterward. They’re good, and so is the pie, so don’t miss it.

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