I just heard this evening that my dad's first cousin (thus my first cousin once removed) Anna Lounsbury passed away today. She was 87. Anna spent pretty much her whole life in Bovina, much of it as a farmer's wife (my mom used to always buy her eggs from Anna). Though Anna's eyes and ears were failing in later life, her memory kept on ticking - she was a great source of information about Bovina. Just this past Monday, the new pastor in Bovina visited her and Anna gave her an album of pictures from the church's 175 birthday celebrations (the church's bi-centennial is this year).
Anna was the daughter of Jim Boggs and Edith Barnhart (my great-aunt). Anna was only 8 when her mother died in childbirth. She and her two younger sisters were raised in part by their aunt (and my grandmother), Anna Bell LaFever. Anna married Glenn Hobbie and, after his death in 1970, she married Harold Lounsbury, who died in 1982.
I'm grateful for the time Anna gave in telling me about some of the Bovina schools. She worked hard to preserve the Bovina District #1 School (known as the Maynard School). And she wasn't shy about letting me know when I had made a mistake. One awful one was when I mislabeled her father on the 2008 calendar. She wasn't upset or angry about it, but did want me to know that I had switched two names. I appreciated having the correct information.
Anna also was instrumental in launching the Barnhart Family Reunions, held every July in Bovina. I'm hoping we can keep the tradition going. It seems it's what she would have wanted.