WHS Class of 1956 holds 60th class reunion


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The Washington High School Class of 1956 celebrated their 60th class reunion recently at the Ware Party Barn.

The registration table was decorated with a blue and white vase containing the class flower of red carnations. Upon signing in, members received a glass tumbler with “Class of 1956, 60th Reunion” in blue and a small laser flashlight. Members were also given a program for the evening that contained the members’ addresses.

Members were seated at tables decorated with small mums and pumpkins. Robert Cotner welcomed the members. Invocation was given by Larry Bishop. A delicious baked steak and chicken dinner was catered by The Willow.

Following the dinner, members re-introduced themselves and were asked to tell what they have been doing in their retirement years.

Upon lighting of a candle, a memorial service led by Robert Crouse and Bishop was held for the 37 deceased members of the class.

The reunion committee was introduced. They were Betty Adams Fulwider, Mary Ellen Allison Cartwright, Patty Anderson Lucas, Bishop, Nancy Aills Bonecutter, Alford Carr, Cotner, Crouse, Robert Stackhouse, Sidney Terhune and Mary Ann Welty Oberschlake.

A door prize drawing was held to give away the mums that decorated the tables.

In closing, Sidney Terhune led the members in singing the Alma Mater.

The remainder of the evening was spent reminiscing.

Members enjoyed a busy weekend. They were invited to attend the football game on Friday night, tour the WHS apartments on Saturday afternoon, attend breakfast at the Elks Lodge on Sunday morning and tour the Fayette County Museum on Sunday afternoon.

Members attending the reunion were Fulwider, Bonecutter, Cartwright and Loren, Lucas, James and Joan Willis Armour, Bishop and Charlene Engle Bishop, Carr and Mary Ann Carr, Mary Ann Carr Truelove, Alvin and Jeannie Carroll, Cotner and Donna Cotner, Dr. Warren and Sharon Craig, Donn DeWeese, Linda Frederick Highfield and Robert, Shirley Ingles Miller, Ronald Kelly, John McWilliams, James and Judy Moser, Pat and Carol O’Connor, Dan and Linda Shelley Schlichter, Roger and Carolyn Sollars, Stackhouse, Robert and Nancy Stephenson Swackhammer, Terhune and Herbena Terhune, Anna Lee Trimmer Ferguson and guests Sherry Perkins, Oberschlake, Betty Whitten Swingle and Harry, and Lora Lee Yahn Maddux.

Out of state members attending were Jerilyn Croker Knopp from Indiana, Diane Everhart Barchet from Illinois and Janice Stritenberger Leebrick from North Dakota, with guest Stella Lytle.

Members are looking forward to having an 80th birthday party get-together in two years.

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