Fall and Winter 2014 Class Notes
(Submitted from May 1, 2014 – November 15, 2014)
Dottie DuPuis Mackin ’38 of Silver Spring, MD, proudly declares that she is 97-years-old and doing well. “I still play in the wii bowling tournament, and am still in the ukulele club playing concerts, etc. I am involved with other activities as well - taking classes and going to practices. I am on the church council, serve communion, and I am a greeter at Church. I stay busy!”
In August, Jane Mulkey Green ’42 and other Wesleyannes who live at Lenbrook Square in Atlanta enjoyed a book review on the The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai- Shek and The Birth of Modern China presented by Elaine Wood Whitehurst ’53. The group also met for a piano performance and reception for retired Wesleyan professor Edward Eikner who performed at Lenbrook in September.
“I was in the class of 1944,” writes Dottie Smith Mahon. I loved every minute I was at Wesleyan! I am now 91 and live at the Episcopal Church Home nursing home. Quite ill health, but God is so good and so faithful and he has helped me through it all. Praise to Him.”
Dr. Mary Brown Malone Heritage ’45 lives in Albany, GA, where she continues to work part time. She says she is staying well and has been richly blessed.
My grandmother, (Dora) Lou Matteson Jones ’46, died this July at the age of 89. She was a loyal Wesleyanne who remained close to her lifelong college classmates (in particular Becky Yates Anders ’46 and the late Joy Lawless Tripp ’46). She worked her way through her studies in part by working in the cafeteria, and considered her graduation from Wesleyan one of the proudest accomplishments of her life. Long before it was commonplace she worked full-time; first as a teacher and later as an officer of the corporation in the family business, while raising two children. She was a marvelous storyteller and some of my dearest memories are of listening to her stories of her time as Wesleyan - how she and her friends would treat themselves to dorm cooking, how the dean of students would invite a few students to afternoon tea on Sunday afternoons, of her gratitude and satisfaction at passing math, which she attributes to patient tutoring from her professor. The most loving person I have ever known, she is survived by two daughters, Joy Ward and husband Jerry, and Jan Pryor and husband Schuyler, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren writes Dora Ward Curry ‘94.
According to Jackie Lamm Souder ’46, she has a happy life. “I live in lovely Brandon Wilde retirement home in Evans (Augusta), GA. My three daughters have given me eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Jean Anderson Estes ’47 of Durham, NC, and Gloria Thornton Orr ’47 of Macon have more than Wesleyan in common. Both of their husbands were classmates at Emory Medical School. The foursome met up and had a good visit in April at Emory Medical School’s Class of 1947 reunion.
Jane Catherine “Pat” Stapp Nadon ’47 enjoys spendingtime at her cabin in Southern Colorado and with her nine great-grandchildren.
Liz Hean Stone ’48 of New Cumberland, PA, is proud of her Wesleyan heritage and of the memories that she and her mother have of the College. “Miss Katherine Payne Carnes ’13 and my Mother, Petrona Garrard Humber Hean ’12, were at Wesleyan together and kept in touch. Miss Carnes was very nice to me, too. She loved her job and Wesleyan. Mother loved Wesleyan and was so pleased that I went there knowing where all I had been accepted. My daughter, Lisa Stone McPartland ’82,keeps in touch also with several of her friends from her year at Wesleyan. Lisa is a lawyer here and she and her husband live five blocks from us. My travel business has kept me busy throughout the years. We have been to more than 100 countries. In October, I took a two week cruise from Basel to Amsterdam with a small group. I talk to Fran Callaway McCommon ’47, Rosaline Gilmore Burt ’48,and Lois Goldman Cowan ’45 every few months and almost weekly with others who have email,” writes Liz.
It’s a small Wesleyan world! When Betty Strom Marlow '49 of Lewisburg, PA, greeted new visiting guests to her church little did she know that one guest would turn out to be another Wesleyanne. Betty met Christy Wendt Brouse ’05 who was “church shopping” and in conversation realized they were Wesleyan sisters.
Frances Smith Ramsey ’49 continues to live at Spring Harbor, a retirement home in Columbus, GA, in the apartments for assisted living. She enjoyed visiting with President Knox at the Columbus alumnae luncheon in September.
Libba Cook Smith ’49 reports, “It’s always good to see and visit with local Wesleyannes here in Statesboro, GA - Helen Proctor Watson ’46, Betty Tillman Hodges ’48, and Virginia Rushing Trapnell ’46.I am expecting my 23rd grandchild any day now! Have 11 grands and 11 great grands - all beautiful and brilliant!”
“Berle and I celebrated our 61st anniversary in June,” writes Anne McKay Garris ’51. We’re still hanging out in our Clearwater Beach cottage in Florida and enjoying visits from family and friends.
“Just older! I had my first grandson get married and that put me in a whole new category!” writes Mayson Thornton Bissell ’53 from Cordele, GA.
“Our Eastham 50th Family Reunion was held in July at Silver Bay Association in Silver Bay, NY. We had 70 family members enjoy the week-long celebration. My husband, Dana, was inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame at Andora-Phillips Academy in June. I went to Andover, MA, to accept this honor for him,” reports Merrilyn Welch Eastham ’53.
When I think “wonderful college memories” they are always of Wesleyan!” says Virginia “Giny” Polk Finch ’53 from Portland, OR.
“The June Wesleyan Magazine was great! Made me proud to be a Wesleyanne,” writes Betty Lou Barber McClure ’53 from her home in Lewisburg, PA.
“What fun it would be to receive some ‘snail mail’ from a 1953 classmate who might remember me!” writes “Jen” Jennings Norton ’53 of Green Cove Springs, FL. “My daughter, Jeanne Norton Rollberg ’79, continues to globe - trot. Jeanne enjoyed a conference adventure in Montreal this year. She is a professor of mass media at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), where she has worked for more than 30 years. Lucky girl!” says Jen.
Sydney and Nan Miller Freeman ’54 of Sparta, GA, took an eleven day cruise to the Panama Canal. “Panama Canal is an awesome invention. Its operation is something amazing to see. The rainforest was full of lush greenery. Great trip!”
From her home in Largo, FL, Leah Wallet Odden ’54 reports, “My husband and I visited China in May. It was a fabulous trip and we saw many marvels. The cities in China are full of high-rises (30 + stories) and are just unbelievable! We also saw the new dam on the Yangtzi River and all the changes that evoked. We’d encourage anyone take the trip.”
“In recent months I have had the good fortune to visit with several Wesleyan alumnae, Mary Lowrey Peacock ’54 and Lucia Hutchinson Peel Powe ’53 in Chapel Hill, NC, and with my former roommate, Liz Wilson Lowry ’55 in Richmond, VA. In May, Leonard and I took a river cruise in The Netherlands with Betty Upchurch Hasty ’55 of Laurinburg, NC. Now we are looking forward to reunion in April 2015!” writes Libby Truitt Furlow ’55 from her home in Gainesville, FL.
Joyce Ann Loudermilk Richards ’55 has sad news to report. “My son, George ‘Gregory’ Richards, passed away December 27, 2013. Greg’s sister, Kimberly Richards Denmark, was in the Class of 1978.” In May, Helen Horn Sweigert ’55 shared her lovely condo in Hilton Head with Joyce Annand June Cranner Brannon. “Both of us 80-year-oldswere Helen’s high school friends,” writes Joyce Ann.
Lake Junaluska, NC, resident Lucy Neeley Adams ’56 says that after 30 years of writing the stories of hymns, she has written a special folder of seven hymns to use in her prison ministry. “If you want some for a Chaplain let me know. I will mail as gifts,” offers Lucy.
Carolyn Sims Brooks ’56 of Stone Mountain, GA, visited the Holy Land last spring, where she celebrated her 80th birthday with family. “What a pilgrimage I had - a trip of a lifetime!”
Sally Thorp Heath ’57 of Floral City, FL, writes, “My daughter, Holly Thorp Heath ’85, has taken the summer off from Darton University. We recently had a fun time at Gold Head Branch, Florida State Park with her family and with her sister’s family.”
Joan Nachbaur Rathbun ’58 enjoys life - especially with grandkids! Joan works at her church in Longview, TX, and has great fun traveling with friends.
Marcia Adams Cashin ’59 of Augusta, GA, misses husband Eugene O’Connor Cashin who died on March 24, 2013. Marcia still teaches piano. “Sorry I missed the reunion but I was able to name you all with the help of a magnifying glass! Hope to join you next time.”
First time grandmother Helen Poole Fontsere ’59 of Decatur, GA, was super excited when Ian Michael Fontsere was born on November 11, 2014!
Past alumnae award recipient Kay Carroll Barnes ’60 continues to teach math at Flint River Academy. She was recently named STAR teacher for the 24th time! One of her STAR students who chose her as STAR teacher was Ashley Garrett ’90, president of the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association. Another student Kay sent to Wesleyan is senior Colleen DeGraff ’15, who received the Alumnae Association’s Scholarship for Leadership Award in 2013. “I was proud to see both girls on stage at awards last year,” writes Kay.
Congratulations to Sue McNatt Best Johnson ’60 and Emmett Johnson who were married May 24, 2014, in Vidalia, GA, where they currently reside. Sue and Emmett were good friends when Sue was at Wesleyan and Emmett was a KA at Mercer. “We feel so lucky to have found one another again. The time was finally right for us to fall in love and spend our last years as man and wife.”
Doris V. Manning ’60 is one of two people selected out of 2,000 volunteers to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award given by National Church Residences. Doris continues to teach an exercise class at Vanderbilt Apartments in Asheville, NC, where she lives. Congratulations, Doris!
Atlanta resident Betsy Palmer Smith ’60 reports, “In August, 13 roommates and suitemates of the Green Knights of 1960 gathered at ‘Muntreat,’ the Woodward family home in Montreat, NC. Mary Margaret Woodward McNeill hosted the get-together. It was a wonderful time of visiting, playing bridge, hiking, touring Asheville, and celebrating our ‘sisterhood.’ The group included three former class presidents: Julie Singletary Coleman, (Freshman), Katie Jo Stickley “Kate” Watson (Sophomore), and Victoria Wilson Logue (Senior). In addition, Nancy Reeder “Anna” Akins, Kay Carroll Barnes, Gloria Boyette, Louise Williams Chapin, Ecky Laslie Griffin, Martha Bell Lewis, Tena Roberts, Betsy Palmer Smith, and Ginger Sumerford York were there for the week and we were joined on the last two days by Mary Margaret’s sister, Susan Woodward Walker ’70.
Back Row (L-R) Ginger, Kate, Mary Margaret, Julie, Martha, Anna, Gloria, Ecky, Betsy;
Front Row (L-R) Kay, Louise, Tena, and Victoria.
In June, Sheila Leto Scott ’61 and her husband, John, moved to Eutaw, AL, where John has been called to be the full time rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Eutaw. We are excited to be “starting over” at age 75!” writes Sheila.
This summer Rhoda Morrison Joyner ’62 of Decatur, GA, Charlotte Jolly Hale ’62 of Marietta, GA, and Betsy Palmer Smith ’60 of Atlantaenjoyed a special visit with each other. “We had a tour of Charlotte’s Marietta garden and a lovely afternoon of conversation,” writes Rhoda.
How much fun was this trip for suitemates from the Class of ’62! Marybelle Proctor Menzel ’62 from Littleton, CO, reports. “In December my three Wesleyan suitemates and I spent a wonderful week in New York City. Dottie Rhoden Hicks, Rhoda Morrison Joyner, Charlotte Jolly Hale, and I celebrated 20 plus years of re-uniting annually - great fun!”
Becky Bullard Powers ’63 and her husband have had fun square dancing for the past 20 years. They travel to international square dancing conventions and have even danced on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. This year they plan to attend a convention in Little Rock, AK, where they will enjoy meeting other dancers from all over the world - including from Japan! When they’re not dancing they have fun living in Shreveport, LA.
Joy Cochran ’64 sends love and blessings to all at Wesleyan from Beaver, OR. “I saw Moon’s wonderful reunion weekend and wanted to get in on the ’64 Green Knights giving before June 30th!”
Ruth Ellen “Ruthie” Philpot Compton ’65 was sorry to have missed the Columbus Alumnae Luncheon with Ruth Knox in September as she was in Franklin, TN, visiting with her Wesleyan roommate, JoAnna Looney Reynolds ’65, and her suitemates, Jean Webb Tippins ’65, and Carolyn Martin McCrea ’65, plus hubbies. “We have gotten together every year since 2001 and always find somewhere different to explore. And, needless to say, we turn back into silly college girls with lots of laughter. I am looking forward to reunion in April 2015. The other day I had a ‘small Wesleyan world moment’ when I was in the grocery store chatting with a neighbor who had just returned from a trip to Idaho. My neighbor’s host just happened to be a Wesleyan alumna, Lynda Brinks Pfeiffer ’63!”
Carolyn Martin McCrea ’65 and her husbandlive in Irmo, SC. She looks forward to her annual September get-together with Wesleyan roommate Jean Webb Tippins ’65 and suitemates Joanna Looney Reynolds ’65 and Ruth Ellen Philpot Compton ’65 and their husbands. “We had a great time in Franklin, TN, this year,” reports Carolyn.
The WCAA sends sympathy to Jane Alston Youman ’65 of Highlands, NC, on the death of her brother, Robert Stanley Alston, on May 27, 2013.
Dr. Sandra Lumpkin Bryan ’66, a tireless champion of international programs at Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell College of Education (BCOE), is leaving a legacy as she retires from KSU. In a ceremony in May the University announced that the former Global Learning and Innovative Grant Program will now be known as the Dr. Sandra Bryan Global Learning and Innovative Grant. Sandra came to KSU in 2003 and has overseen the recruitment and service of teacher candidates who complete their field experiences abroad. She has placed approximately 300 candidates in South Korea, China, Ecuador, Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Uganda to satisfy their teaching requirement and several graduates have been hired by their host schools. Since the inception of the Global Engagement Certification program in 2009, 178 candidates from BCOE have achieved this certification. Sandra’s passion for global education has stirred life-changing experiences in the hearts and careers of hundreds of students and faculty. Congratulations, Sandra!
Barbara Brubaker Hightower ’66 resides in Tyrone, GA. She enjoys living next door to her granddaughters who are 11 and 13. In her spare time, Barbara volunteers with the Good Shepherd Humane Society and is active in the trap, neuter, and release programs in the county.
“I am very grateful for my education at Wesleyan,” writes Dale Pierson Hill ’66 from Jackson, GA. “I was a painting major (BFA) at Wesleyan. At 70, I’m still painting and am involved in two art shows a year. We retired from our antique/picture framing store. We still travel, enjoy our children and grandchildren, and each other. My husband still frames my art work. We’re glad to be alive.”
The WCAA sends sympathy to Nancy “Mac” McMeen Freeman ’68 in Marietta, GA. “I lost my wonderful father May 4, 2013. He treated several classmates to dinner during visits to Wesleyan. He remained healthy and alert until six weeks before his death at age almost 97. He even played golf two months before his death,” reports Nancy.
“Life is good!” according to Laura Byington Ludman ’68 of Yulee, FL. I am now out 7 1/2 years from my heart transplant. Barbara Bryant ’67 and I talk at least once a week. My volunteer work at the Nassau County Humane Society Resale Store keeps me busy.”
Beverly Mitchell ’68 of Woodstock, GA, misses her sister, Kay Mitchell Potaczala, who passed away in August 2014. Kay had accompanied Beverly and other Wesleyannes on the WCAA trip to the Pacific Northwest in October 2013 and will be remembered for her gentle, gracious, and grateful nature.
“Surely, I can’t be the only Green Knight of ’68 celebrating her 50th high school reunion this year! Don’t know about the rest of you, but I still have not reached my sunset years. I have yet to collect my social security,” writes Jo Slover Smith ’68 from Tampa, FL.
She retired April 1, 2013, after 32 years as librarian at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and Diane Walker ’68 of Newport News, VA, says she is “loving every minute of it!”
Ginger Sanders White ’68 of Lexington, KY, remembers her classmate, Jessica Anne Plapinger DuVall ’68, who passed away in December 2013. “In spite of sadness, I had a wonderful weekend with eleven other 1968 Wesleyan classmates - Great Green Knights!”
Maconites Gena Ware Wilson ’69 and husband Steve visited California in June. They toured the wine country, saw the Redwoods, and spent time with their son and his wife and their two grandchildren.
In June, Emily Chase Cook ’70 and husband Charles spent two weeks in Greece and “were awed with all they saw and did!”
“My daughter and two precious granddaughters live in Charlotte, NC, and visited with us in June. My son and his wife had twins in July...identical boys named Luke and Logan. They live less than a mile from us so I spend a lot of time with them. I still work at Episcopal School of Jacksonville (FL) but only part time now. I will have been here 30 years next May. Love to you all,” writes Peggy Persons Fox ’70.
In 2013, Dr. Barbara Brinson ’71 of Fredonia, NY, co-authored the 2nd edition of her textbook, Choral Music Methods and Materials published by Cengage Learning. “I retired this year after teaching for 42 years and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life!” reports Barbara.
Marilyn Murphy Gasparini ’71 of Rye, NY, shares some favorite Wesleyan memories. “Sunday lunch all together with lovely white tablecloths and beautiful food - always including biscuits - could not attend if not wearing stockings - and maybe white gloves? No trousers allowed unless a sporting event. Drive-in movies were specifically categorized as not sporting events. Two fifteen minute male callers each week - to be seen in the parlor. We played soccer in little gold bloomers and cap sleeve shirts with peter pan collars even in cold weather. We had a wonderful drawing program following the Nicolaides method and new science labs. The hazing day was remarkable for the lessons learned - about how mob mentality can take hold, how easy it is to conform and accept but how important to stay true to what you feel is right. Then the experience of bone-deep gratitude for the sister class member who had secretly cleaned your totally trashed dorm room and welcomed you at end of day.”
“I got married at a beautiful outdoor venue on the Cahaba River called Swann Lake Stables to Robert Jemison Woodward on November 29, 2013. My Wesleyan roommate Cathy Massengill Barnett ’71 attended the wedding and also my hometown and Wesleyan classmate Diane (Dee) Wilkins Ivey ’71,” writes Jean Reed Woodward ’71.
Many thanks to Margaret “Betsy” McPherson Farr ’73 of Manassas, VA, who donated two art books to the Willet Memorial Library. Betsy was an art major and is a practicing artist whose work has appeared in various publications over the years, including the two books she has gifted to the library. Betsy says that she owes her success in the art world to professor Jemison Hoskins who “could really teach art!”
Debbie Doyle Edenfield ’74 of St. Simons Island, GA, remembers her mother who passed away on January 3, 2013, at 85. “She lived a long, interesting life as a Navy Officer’s wife, mother to four children, and grandmother to six children, great grandmother to seven and great great grandmother to one. She delivered newspapers to Jekyll Islanders (our home) for more than 30 years. She is greatly missed by her family but leaves many great memories.”
“We are proud to be new grandparents!” exclaims Jean Bargeron Bender ’75 all the way from Jasper, GA. “There is nothing more exciting. Planning to attend our 40th reunion next April, and hoping to see lots of familiar faces.”
Sharon Webb ’75/’76 shares news of the passing of her aunt, Mary Frances Webb Nall ’45, in July at the age of 90. “Mary Frances lived in Thomaston, GA, and had recently gone into a nursing home. Although she lived with physical pain she was still just as ‘sharp as a tack’ mentally. She LOVED Wesleyan! She will be remembered for many things, including that she worked as a nurse for decades and specialized in the field of mental health before mental health issues were as much at the forefront as they are now. In fact, she did some work in Georgia with Rosalynn Carter around issues of mental health. Of the four Webbs/Nalls who attended Wesleyan (my mom, both of my Dad’s sisters and me), I am the only living Wesleyanne.”
Berylanne Miner Crutchley ’77 lives in Temecula, CA, where she is a real estate broker for Caldwell Banker. She and Gary Crutchley have been married for 33 years. They have three children – Dash (31), Devon (29) and Noelle (27).
June Forester McCormick ’78 and daughter Canaan were the subject of an Ed Grisamore column on May 11, 2014, in the (Macon) Telegraph. The article focused on Canaan’s graduation from the Georgia Academy for the Blind (in Macon), June’s career as part of the talented country music group The Forester Sisters, June’s career paths after Canaan was born as a visually impaired child, and June’s return to school to get a master’s degree in education for the visually impaired. In addition, the article discussed June’s work as a teacher for the blind, and the special place of family in their mother/daughter relationship. June also has a WESLEYAN FIRST. As part of The Forester Sisters her group was the “first” act in Billboard history to have its “first” 15 singles all reach the Top 10 on the Country Music charts. (The Forester Sisters toured for 12 years from 1984-1996 and worked with some of the biggest stars in country music history). June’s son, Carter, graduated from Mercer with a degree in digital media production. He is in graduate school at the Savannah College of Art and Design and wants to work for National Geographic. June’s husband, Joel, serves as chief magistrate judge in Dade County in New Salem, GA.
Wesleyan Trustee Bryndis Roberts ’78 of Atlanta served as Wesleyan’s delegate to Morehouse School of Medicine’s Presidential Inauguration in September.
The WCAA sends sympathy to Nancy McDonald Terhorst ’78 of Santa Rosa, CA, on the death of her mother, Hilda Zachry Harvey of Macon, on August 16, 2014. Mrs. Harvey graduated from Georgia State College for Women, The University of Georgia, and received her master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She taught first grade for 40 years, retiring at Blankner Elementary School in Orlando, where she had been for the last 30 years of her career.
Jackie Webb Bullard ’79 of Flowery Branch, GA, has a new grand baby, Fiona Angeline Felfoldi, Class of 2035!
Congratulations to Loisanne Tatum Robins ’79 of Englewood, FL, who has retired from Pine View School for the Gifted after 35 years of music instruction in the State of Florida. (High School Choral Director, Honors and AP Music Theory, Piano, and Guitar Instructor.)
Carol Ann Hamrick ’84 of Duluth, GA, says she is doing well. “I continue to use my accounting skills at InTouch Ministries (Ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley) to help spread the Gospel throughout the world and assist the local church in ministry. My 15th anniversary there was on November 15. My parents passed away over the last two years. My father, Jack Hamrick (6/19/12) and my mother, Bobbie Gene Wilson Hamrick (2/12/14). I was sorry to hear of the loss of Linda Hughes ’84. She was always kind and fun to be around.”
Janie Chien Golden ’86 announces the completion of her new book. “Dear Friends and Students: After a year of hard work, I have finally completed my Chinese textbook, Golden Chinese: A Golden Key for Entry (Conversational Mandarin for Beginner-Intermediate). It is now available on Amazon.com along with 3 audio CDs to go with the book. My heartfelt thanks to all of you for the great inspiration, sincere support, and your strong belief in my Chinese teaching!” Janie teaches at Language Door Language School in Encino, CA.
Bernice Isaac ’87 is the creative designer and owner of I Do Too Designs in Atlanta. “Aside from my day to day, full-time position at Congregation Etz Chaim as administrator, I own a jewelry design business. My jewelry can be found at Travis Salon in Sandy Springs, GA, and online at www.idotoodesigns.com. I do a lot of custom designs primarily for the bridal market. I am a proud partner with Jay Austin, owner of Jay Austin Bowties and the Jay Austin Bridal Service in the Atlanta area. You can also find me on facebook at I Do Too Designs.”
Jill Amos ’87 of Macon is the new director of The Lane Center for Service and Leadership (formerly the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service). Jill majored in psychology, social services, and religious studies at Wesleyan and has spent most of her professional career serving children, youth, and families through foster care initiatives in Georgia and throughout the United States. She looks forward to working with students and community agencies to implement the programs of the Lane Center.
Melissa Bell ’93 of Conyers. GA, congratulates Cindy Migeot Schumann ’93 on the publication of her first novel. Melissa also announces the 1st birthday of her son, Nathaniel Owen Shelton, born to Melissa and Matthew Shelton of Conyers, GA, in November 2013.
Dora Ward Curry ’94 shares news of her grandmother and her son. My grandmother, (Dora) Lou Matteson Jones ’46 (Purple Knight), died this July (2014) at the age of 89. She was a loyal Wesleyanne who remained close her whole life to her college friends and considered her graduation from Wesleyan one of the proudest accomplishments of her life. She was a marvelous storyteller and some of my dearest memories are of listening to her stories of her time at Wesleyan. On a very belated note of my own, as a “legacy” Wesleyanne in my own right, I have added another little one to my family. My son, Thomas, was born on Nov 22, 2012, and his big sister, Joy, is turning out to be an exemplary big sister. (See 1946 Class Notes, In Memoriam, and Sympathy)
Aimee Morris Lashley reports from Macon, “1996 Green Knights Kristin Conley Lamble, Stephanie Miller Kitelynn, Kathy Worley Hammes, Patrenice Guthrie West, Heather Preuss Kent, and I enjoyed a girl’s trip to Key West, FL, in celebration of “our” 40th birthdays, even though I was still 39 until November!”
“I really enjoyed Alumnae Weekend 2014!” writes Kawana Printup West ’99 of Stone Mountain, GA.
Crystal Bridges Coker ’01 of Warner Robins, GA, has newborn twin boys, Ethan Russell and Jacob Maddox. “They were born on May 20th but were 7 weeks premature. After 10 days in the NICU we were finally able to bring them home. I missed being a volunteer for Move-In Day this year and welcoming a new class to Wesleyan, but at this time Ethan and Jacob needed my full attention. PS - Guess their nursery theme? ... BABY PIRATES! One way for me to share my wonderful Wesleyan with my sons!
Tara Hobbs ’01 sends a special message to Reverend Hurdle. “Thank you for your lifelong devotion to our Lord, and for your love and dedication to Wesleyan and all that she stands for... Thank you for all you have done to help make the Chapel a reality! I am so very proud to call you my Big Daddy!” Love, Tara.
Congratulations to Margaret Lester Williams ’03 who is a recent graduate (June 28, 2014) of Argosy University, Sarasota, FL. Margaret earned an Ed.D. in counselor education and supervision.
Congratulations to Rachel Garrison Carswell ’04 of Jekyll Island, GA, who received her master’s degree in animal and dairy science from the University of Georgia in August 2014. Rachel and husband Ben enjoyed visiting with Ruth Knox and other Golden Isles alumnae at the Sea Island Social in September.
Mary-Charlotte Young Chavez ’04 is proud of her daughter, Donna-Clementine Elizabeth Chavez, born 2/3/2013. “She was baptized at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station, TX, by Rev. Rhoda Montgomery. My daughter goes by ‘Clementine.’” In August 2014, Mary-Charlotte graduated from The Aveda Institute cosmetology program in the Woodlands, TX, and looks forward to a career in the beauty industry.
Running in the 2014 Chicago Marathon in October had special meaning for Monica Harper ’04 of Savannah. Monica’s father, Rondy Harper, was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer a year ago. He passed away August 5. “I had been planning to run the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 12 for the American Cancer Society in his honor, and instead I ran in his memory,” writes Monica.
“I married my wonderful husband, Eric Wittry, on December 7, 2013, at Wesleyan. The evening ceremony was in Oval Hall and the reception was in a heated tent on the Quad. Wesleyan Dining provided a delicious gluten-free bbq buffet and Jenna Miller Jones (PK ’06) provided delicious gluten free macaroons, cake, and salted caramels. Bridesmaids included: Maid of Honor Dani Sawtell (PK ’06), Amy Smith (PK ’06), Rosie Harrington Courville (PK ’06), and Ashley Wheelus McKenna (Pirate ’05). Other Wesleyannes in attendance included my Aunts Ruth White Fruit (PK ’54), Betty Hood Lydick (Pirate ’69), Debbie Long Hood (Pirate ’89), Heather Hughes Walter (Pirate ’05), Jaime McQuilkin (PK ’06), Parrish Smotherman Jenkins (PK ’06), Lauren Hamblin Beaty (PK ’06), Margaret Miller Montague (Pirate ’05), Crystal Church Tanner (PK ’10), April Roos Rohrbaugh (PK ’10), Sammy Lint (GH ’11), Megan Crissy (PK ’14).It was a perfect day and I was blessed to share it with so many of my Wesleyan sisters! In addition, in October 2013, I qualified and competed at the World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show in Fort Worth, Texas, for the first time. The highlight was winning a Reserve World Champion Title in Novice Non-Pro Showmanship with my mare, Sheza Fancy Impulse. At the end of the week, I also received the 2013 Non-Pro Sportsmanship Trophy Buckle Award and was honored to be interviewed by both the Appaloosa Journal and the Equine Chronicle about my comeback to riding after a horrific car accident,” writes Stephanie Hood Wittry ’08.
Wesleyan welcomed Kimberly Minor ’09 back to campus in September.Kimberly,a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma, spoke at convocation on Subjects of Dance: Avian Imagery and Ritual Performance in Mississippian Iconography. She also presented a paper on New Perspectives on Contemporary Native American Art at Murphey Art Center.
Jileesha “Jill” Campbell ’11 works as an English Teacher in Beijing, China.
Kim Hage ’11 has a new address. She’s recently moved back to her “home” state of Michigan where she enjoys being close to family and being an aunt to her 7-year-old and 4-month-old nieces. She’s engaged to be married in April 2015. Kim works part-time for now, but she’s hoping to find something full-time soon.
Kelly Page ’11 is proud of her Wesleyan little sister, Meizi Li ’13. “Meizi is in China and works for Teach for China. She teaches English to middle school children in the rural parts of China in Chongqing. Meizi is also working on a documentary about the children,” reports Kelly.
Paula Lockhart ’14 attends the University of Louisville where she is working on a master’s degree (MFA) in theatre performance. “I enjoy the city and program so far! Any Wesleyannes in Kentucky?” asks Paula.
“My new job at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Savannah has been awesome,” according to Rachel Regan ’14. Her first project was the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign, bringing in almost 40% over goal!