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Donna's Journal
Celebration of 50th Anniversary

There were approximately 26 of only our closest friends this week at our 50th anniversary celebration.

We have planned to do this until everyone is included in our celebration. It is much better to do it this way instead of having a big impersonal celebration. We enjoyed visiting with our company in this smaller group and even with my swollen face, and not feeling so well it was still wonderful.

My daughters took care of everything and that in itself contributes to such a sweet  memory.

In this picture my face is swollen from the infected tooth.  The dentist put off work until we got through this day.  It was bad enough not to feel well, but worse with him doing whatever had to be done which will be coming up, yet.

Of course, some want to know what is the secret for being  happily married for 50  years.  I'm here to tell you, "I haven't the slightest idea."  I do know that it hasn't all been bliss.  In fact like everything pertaining to life and living there have been some really awful moments.  On the other hand, some of the time was fun, exciting and forever memorable.

A sad thing to happen was when my daughter called my favorite aunt to invite her I noticed she was a bit serious faced but thought maybe it was just from learning Aunt Naomi  couldn't be here that day. Yesterday her son called and said she had passed away.  When I told my daughter she cried and said, "She told me she was gravely ill with lung cancer and not to tell you until well after the anniversary party."

That was Aunt Naomi.  She had 13 children, was the gggrandaughter of Paschal Pensoneau and without a doubt inherited his genes.  Her always happy, loving ways are taken away from us now and how we will miss her.  The last time she came up she was driving a new black Cadillac with dark windows.  I told her how much I loved the car.

"I know,"  she said, "my grandchildren call me their Mafia grandmother."  And that was her way, always light hearted and joking about something.   Her funeral will be at St. Bennedict in Shawnee, Ok. Thursday,  September 13, 2007.

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