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Remembering my Mother

May 17, 2023 - 00:00
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Since Sunday was Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share a story about my mother Dolores Hoffart of Dobbin. All of you that know my mother has a story and there are plenty of them. As busy a lady as she was, she rarely missed a party, baby or bridal shower. And you all know her dress code, everything matched from top to bottom.

We were all at a shower of some type and she walked in. A young lady greeted her and said, “Here Mrs. Hoffart, I’ll take that gift for you.” Mom replied, “Oh no, this one is not a gift. I couldn’t find a purse that matched my outfit, but this gift bag is a perfect match so I’m using it as a purse today.” You should have seen the look of embarrassment on all our (her daughter’s) faces. But today, it’s one of my most classic stories. Bless her soul, every day she still tends to bring a smile on my face for some reason or another. I love you Mama!

The Knights of Columbus Council #4054 recently held a gun raffle benefiting the Columbus Club of Anderson. Winners were drawn May 9. 1) Bergara B-14 Wilderness Ridge Rifle; .3-8 Winchester; 20-inch barrel – Rick Atkinson; 2) Tikka T3x Hunter Rifle; 6.5 Creedmoor; 24.3-inch barrel; black metal with wood stock – Gary Breaux; 3) Weatherby Vanguard Sporter Rifle; 30-06 Springfield; 24-inch barrel black metal with walnut stock – Rick Cornelius; 4) F1 Firearms Fu-King Mil-Spec AR-15; 5.56 NATO; 16-inch barrel; 13-inch M-LOK handguard – Brenda Stewart; 5) CZ-USA 1012 Semi-Auto Shotgun; 12 ga.; 3-inch chamber; 26-inch barrel; black metal with walnut stock – Richard Hicks.

We are very proud of our nephew Justin Sowell who received his Master of Arts Degree in Technical Communication at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Friday, May 12. He will soon pursue a PhD program in Technical Communications and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University. Justin and his wife Tiffany and their two boys, Parker and Tucker, reside in Willis. Justin is the son of Gynti Pinon of Navasota and the late Dana Sowell and is the grandson of the late John and JoAnn Sowell of Anderson.

Our granddaughter, Brooklyn Grace Branch of College Station, received her First Holy Communion during Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Saturday, May 13. Brooklyn is the daughter of Clint and Diana Branch. After Mass, family members returned to her home for a chicken spaghetti and slider dinner.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stoneham will hold their annual homecoming bazaar Sunday, May 28 on the church grounds. A delicious barbecue dinner with all the trimmings is always served. Plates will be served beginning at 11 a.m. Plates are $15. There will also be games, booths, auctions, a raffle and live music for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Happy Birthday to those celebrating this week: May 18 – Marcy Molitor, Olivia Andruss, Ricky Prince, Carrie VanTassell, Sharon Dyer; May 19 – Ryan Wisnoski, Mark Kelley; May 20 – Stephanie Burzynski, Jillian Wisnoski, Kanin Cleere; May 21 – Brianna Burzynski, Landon Rabun, Brutus Jones; May 24 – Reese Pistler, Tommy Breaux, Heath Backhus, Presleigh Pavlock and twins Michael and Faith Clark.

Happy Anniversary to those celebrating this week: May 19 – Clay and Ashleigh Klawinsky, 5 years; May 22 – Chris and Shanna Szymczak, 19 years; May 22 – Terry and Pam Edwards, 47 years; May 24 – Wesley and Barbara Schroeder, 27 years.

If you have special news about what goes on in your family or life, let me know by calling 936-870-6842 or email me at gailmsowell@yahoo. com. I would love to share with others.