Where are they now? Bonita Rose Adams
Born Bonita Rose December 18, 1929, "Bonnie" is a Nanty Glo native and one of six children born to the late Harold T. and Ethel (Whitsell) Rose. Bonnie is a sister to Melda Cramer and Harold, Jr., both also deceased, and of Bernice Silbaugh, Jackson Township; Gazel Brown, Huntingdon, and Hobert, Revloc. A 1947 graduate of Nanty Glo High School where she was a member of The National Honor Society, chorus, Civil Air Patrol, Library, and Rifle Clubs, she was elected May Queen of 1947 and received the secretarial award for that same year.
The death of her husband, Nanty Glo native Clayton Adams, in 2001, ended a marriage union that began June 5, 1948 and produced three children; Gregory, 53,Ebensburg; Kandace, 52, Charleston, South Carolina, and Gavin, Birdsboro, Berks County. Bonnie has four grandchildren; Greg's children, Kipp, 24; Tiffany, 22, and Kandace's children, Laura, 15, and Kristin, 12.
Bonnie is an avid reader and reads approximately three books per week. Her personal library now numbers around 500 books, "I've given away hundreds of books over the years," she states. Her favorite books are historical fiction and biographies of artists. "I started reading at age five or six. I would read the ghost stories in the Sunday paper and scare myself, and I remember hiding under the bed covers with a flashlight so my mother wouldn't know I was awake and reading."
Although she worked for many years as a secretary to several prominent local attorneys, she considers her children to be her greatest accomplishment. "The thing I am most proud of are my three children; they are absolutely honest and good children...I've never had a problem with any of them." She proudly related how her son Greg, while stationed aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Forrestall during the Vietnam war, was one of two of the 4500 sailors assigned to that ship to volunteer for and see combat duty in Vietnam. Greg now works for the U.S.Postal Service. Her daughter Kandace is a Commander in the Naval Reserves and a registered nurse, and her youngest child, Gavin, is an electrical engineer.
"All three of them are Penn State graduates," she says proudly. A caption in her 1947 yearbook describes her as always smiling. Remembers long-time friend Mary Elizabeth (Simmers) Hines: "When we were going to high school, we walked to school together every day. She was very intelligent and interested in learning and would read anything. We had different outlooks and opinions on a lot of things, but we accepted each other as friends. We did a lot of laughing then...and we still do."
Bonita's son, Gavin, says: "Mom is a wealth of information, as she is interested in everything. She is always willing to learn anything new. There is nothing she can't do when she sets her mind to it. I couldn't have asked for a better mother. She was always there as a major support, as a friend, confidante, and major knowledge resource. If I didn't know an answer, I just asked Mom."
Favorite memories: "Nanty Glo was fun and safe, and I enjoyed my childhood there. The people were kind and pleasant, especially Mr. Deitrick, who owned Deitrick's Hardware. He was kind to me...I'll remember him always as a special person. I remember my grandmother "Maggie" Rose. She was part Indian, possibly Seneca. She knew a lot about nature and the outdoors. I remember the dime dances, I would play polkas and dance. I loved to dance."
A more recent memory was a part in the musical "Cabaret" at the Ebensburg-based Allegheny Regional Highlands Theater in 1989, at the age of 59, she auditioned for and won the part of the bartender. Bonnie continues to reside in the Jackson Township home she and her late husband built 52 years ago.
wishing to send greetings can find her at Jewelfiend@aol.com.
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The stock boy replied, "No ma'am, they're dead."
2. The cop got out of his car and the kid who was stopped for speeding rolled down his window. "I've been waiting for you all day," the cop said.
"Yeah, well I got here as fast as I could," the kid replied.
When the cop finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a ticket..
Sent by Bob Kennedy
What keeps you, now, from giving? Isn't the poor man there? Aren't your own warehouses full? Isn't the reward promised? The command is clear. The hungry man is dying now, the naked man is freezing now, the man in debt is beaten nowand you want to wait till tomorrow?
"I'm not doing any harm," you say, "I just want to keep what I own, that's all."
Which things, tell me, are yours? Whence have you brought them into being? You are like someone who sits down in a theater, and would prohibit everyone else from entering, saying that what is there for everyone to enjoy is for himself alone.
— St. Basil the Great