Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Those Who Left Us This Year

As the year closes, I received news today that Clarence Burns, a lifelong resident of Bovina, passed away yesterday. He had just been honored in October as a 76 year member of the Bovina U.P. Church. He also had served as an elder of the church, first installed in 1943. Clarence and his wife Frances were very generous with their memories and shared a number of wonderful old pictures of Bovina with me. He will be missed. [Update: view the obituary at]

Some other Bovina residents, former and current, passed away during the year, including lifetime Bovina resident Anna Lounsbury (see my May 1 blog for my reflections about Anna), 50 year resident Imar Mondore, Bovina native Rae Storie Vandenbord, and Anna Schabloski, who farmed with her husband on Pink Street. Bovina's oldest resident, Josephine Huggans Noonan, also passed away this year at 101.

Rae Vandenbord, a first cousin of Ed and Dick Davidson, was the 'guardian' of the 'Bovina Families' files created by her great uncle, Davey Hoy (transcribed by Fletcher Davidson and later put on-line by me). I appreciated the care she provided for these files.

To all who left us this year, rest in peace.

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