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Happy Veterans Day             Monday, November 11 2002  

Where are they now? Vintondale native Ida Mae (George) Lowery

Ida Mae George Lowery

One of four children born to Delmer C. and Sara (Williams) George, Ida Mae is a sister to Elma Whinnie, deceased 1996; Ruth, Johnstown, and William, "Bill," of Placerville, California. A 1946 graduate of Vintondale High School, Ida Mae went on to study nursing at Memorial Hospital in Johnstown (known today as Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing).

Married since December 16, 1952, to Lilly native, Wesley C. Lowery, Ida Mae and Wes are the parents of three children, all of whom live in Florida: Robert, Pembroke Pines; Barbara Black, High Springs, and Beverly Clingerman, Davie. The Lowerys' children have blessed them with six grandchildren. Ida Mae and Wes are looking forward to their 50th wedding anniversary next month.

Ida Mae left our area after her graduation from nursing school in 1950 and with her husband in the military, she never returned to live in the Blacklick Valley area. Like her children, she and Wes now make her home in Florida, where she enjoys the year-round beautiful weather. "I like having flowers all year round," she says.

She gets back "home" on a regular basis to visit family and friends. Her most recent visit was in September for the Vintondale Homecoming. Now retired from nursing, she is able to enjoy some of her hobbies. "I like to read...just general interest, but I like novels. I like to write, too. I write lots of letters and cards to friends."

She enjoys doing volunteer work at her church and is a member of a missionary group that provides funds and programs about the missionaries as to where they are and what they are doing.

Memories of Hometown Vintondale: "I remember the walks in the woods. We always were involved in church, Bible school, Sunday school, and prayer meetings. My dad had the grocery store, and all us kids had to work in the store...you got to meet people and it made us outgoing."

"I miss the people of Vintondale, and when I go back there I enjoy looking at the hills. I hope the area gets some economic development."

Anyone wishing to send greetings to Ida Mae can find her at WESCLOW30@juno.com.

If you have a suggestion for a subject for Where Are They Now, please write Judy Rose.



In the Catholic School cafeteria, at the head table, one of the nuns had placed a big bowl of bright red, fresh, juicy apples. Beside the bowl, she placed a note which read, "Take only one. Remember, God is watching."

At the other end of the table was a cookie jar full of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, still warm from the oven. Beside the cookee jar was a little note scrawled in a child's handwriting which read, "Take all you want. God's watching the apples."

—Sent by Bob Kennedy

Thought for today

The man who wants to keep in mind the hour of death and God's judgment and who, at the same time, gives in to material cares and distractions is like someone trying to swim and clap his hands at the same time.

—St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, sixth century
Sent by Christopher Haas

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