Joan Ladinig Abernathy – Ok, class of ’68, I’m taking a break from working off my “pandemic pounds” by using my old CD of “Sweating With The Oldies” by Richard Simmons. Who would have ever thought that we would be living in a Pandemic during our lifetimes? As the days and weeks pass by I am spending more time reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances than ever before. We are sharing wonderful memories, some tears over sad ones, and lots of laughter in between. My hope is that you are doing the same because this is an unforeseen opportunity that we cannot ignore.
Nancy Baker Bell thanks her beautiful classmates for all the love and support upon the loss of her beloved son, James, in January. “We are lifted and sustained by kindness of friends and happy memories. We’re sequestered at Blufton with Jimmy back and forth to front lines in Hartsville. We are well and pray all of you are safe and healthy also. Our girls’ families are coming to the river for Spring break so we’ll be playing games, boating and enjoying social distancing on the dock. My very best to all.”
Susan Reinhard Allred is adapting to being alone with the passing of her husband, Tom, this past Fall. She’s become quite the survivor, distancing with her neighbors, walking and tending her flower beds. She will be glad when this is all over so she can visit with friends, get hugs and have a meal out!
Barbara Nexsen Lansche wants us all to know one important thing…”We are directed to pray…for God’s will, for our world, for each other, and for ourselves.” She has been reflecting on how special our times at Coker were and prays for all of us until we can meet again, please know that you are loved.
We also share in the grief of Judy Brown Pigg on the passing of her husband Wayne whom many of us knew when we were students at Coker. Judy hopes that everyone is staying well and safe and not going too crazy with all this stay at home business. She’s worked puzzles, read books, and watched enough movies and TV to last her a lifetime! She’s looking forward to a time when our class can gather again and enjoy catching up.
I chatted with Martie Dobson White and learned that she and Jim are both doing fine. She’s praying that all our classmates and families are staying safe and well throughout this event.
It appears that the Coker College Class of 1968 is now definitely a “part of History” as we journey together through this Pandemic.