Patriot and Posey Township 2-9-17


This week I have “Shirley” on my mind. I was very sad to see the obituary last week for Shirley Hewitt. Although we had unfortunately never met, I have enjoyed some wonderful phone conversations with this lovely lady. The last time, we spoke, however she confided with me that she was quite ill but ‘ready’ none the less to meet her Maker. My biggest regrets are that I was never able to sit down, face to face, to visit and then that her services were over before I’d known she was gone. Such a wonderful lady!

Somehow, I knew if I bragged on my cousin Shirley Cook, it might break her streak of ‘luck’ and it did. Last week I explained how Shirley, aged 56, had been sent home two days after Thanksgiving by her doctors who told her she had 12-24 hours of her life left. Well, she proved them wrong! She kept setting goals for herself: first Christmas, then her birthday in January. Well, with the love and care of her family and especially sisters Delane and Beverly, she surpassed her goals: she celebrated Christmas with her three sisters, two brothers and tons of nieces and nephews; then her birthday in January. She made it until a few minutes past Midnight on February 1st before she gave up her fight and surrendered to her Lord. Such a testimony to the power of love and family!

Special prayers again please for Carol Oder, Mickey Whitham and Jean Dettenwanger.

Mary Ellen Witt tried to tell me Saturday that she was celebrating her 88th Birthday or as Father Chris Craig likes to say – the 44th anniversary of her 44th birthday. Don promises that she will be wined and dined all weekend as befitting such a special person on such a special occasion.

Happy Anniversary to two of the finest examples of matrimonial bliss I have ever seen in my life! Anthony and Mary Christiani are celebrating their years of love and dedication on February 8th. Reverend Stephen and Sharon Ward are celebrating theirs on Valentine’s Day.

The Red HOT Hatters “Happy V.D.” Celebration will be held on Monday, February 13th beginning at noon at The Ridge Winery Tasting Room located at 11048 E. Highway 156. We will be enjoying the best dam view around while tasting the best wines around and munching on finger food. Tasting includes five tastes of wine per person free and glasses or bottles for sale as requested. The Red HOT Hatters have always been treated like royalty at The Ridge Winery Tasting Room and we are looking forward to another fantastic day of memories. Lunch will be provided and consists of donated meat, veggie and cheese trays. The theme suggested by Dotty Keeton is “Heart Healthy” but of course that must include chocolate, right?! Bring a friend and a gift worth $5-$10 for exchange if you so desire. Hats are not required but good fun, good friends and good food are!

If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article.

You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note or message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home (812) 594-2281; or dropping me a note at P.O. Box 1, Patriot Indiana, 47038. In addition, contact KAY E  COOK on Facebook or online at