The Grapevine: Continuing to Celebrate Some Important Women
By Rosalyn Queen Alonso on May 17, 2018 from The Grapevine
A reminder that the Women of Distinction Luncheon on June 1st is being sponsored by the PWA. Ten wonderful women will be honored and our keynote speaker will be the president of Fairmont State University. For info or reservations call (304) 624-6881.
This past week I participated in an event that was a little sorrowful for me but was really enjoyed by all in attendance. About 25 graduates of the class of Roosevelt-Wilson High School class of 1957 gathered to say goodbye to Garnet Gillespie Garrett. Garnet has lived in our area for over 70 years but now she is moving to North Carolina to live with her daughter. She has mixed emotions but she thinks this will be best for her in the event she needs care as she gets older. Basically she is in good health now.
Garnet is one of my longest friends that I have had since the first grade. I think we must have met in the first grade when we entered East View Grade school and our teacher was Helen Stealey. We continued through the sixth grade when our teacher was Principal Teter. We both were in the toy orchestra and always had parts in the seasonal plays. Garnet lived with her mom and dad and sisters and brothers in a little cottage in Park View with a little stream that run in front of it where we waded frequently in the summer. They then moved down in the middle of East View.
After sixth grade we entered Broadway Junior High. At that time the grades where split and we were both in the A class. We were both very active with the marching and tumbling teams under the direction of Mr. Kishbaugh. Mrs Chenowith had an operetta every other year and we had big parts in the seventh and ninth grades. Our home room teacher was Miss Riley and our principal was Mr. Williams.
After we both married Garnet and I continued our friendship. We both lived in the area and ran into each other often. When we spearheaded our monthly 1957 diner meetings Garnet was the glue that held us together and kept us updated on the other members of our class.
I wish my friend a safe journey and continued good health as she starts off on this new phase. Take care and keep in touch my dear friend. Know that you have been appreciated and will be missed. Come back soon for a visit.
Take care and until next week "Now You Have Heard It Through The Grapevine".