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Tuesday, November 24, 1998

Carrasco celebrates birthday

Valerie Tera Carrasco, of Pecos, celebrated her third
birthday with a party held in her honor at Pizza Pro on Nov.

About 40 to 45 guests including family and friends were on
hand to help with the special occasion.

Her favorite gift was a singing cabbage patch doll given to
her by her daddy.

She is the daughter of Terry and Ruben Carrasco, Jr.

Maternal grandparents are Eva and Jesus Rubio of Pecos.

Paternal grandparents are Olivia and Ruben Carrasco, Sr.

Hospital chaplain speaks to club

Rev. Jimmy Braswell, D. Min. who serves as Chaplain of
Odessa Hospice, was the featured speaker for The Modern
Study Club at their recent meeting, held in the home of
Joyce and Donald Morton. Pearl Gustafson, Home Life
Department chairman, introduced the program entitled,
"Making Final Memories," - A Look at Hospice.

Catherine Travland introduced Rev. Braswell, who has been a
Baptist Minister for 20 years, and a Hospice Chaplain for
seven years. He holds a Masters of Art and Religious
Education degree.

Rev. Braswell spoke on hospice services available to persons
who can no longer benefit from curative treatment and told
attendees that the typical hospice patients has a life
expectancy of six months or less. He stated that most of the
patients receive care at home and services are proficed by a
team of trained professionals - physicians, nurses,
counselors, therapists, social workers, aides, and
volunteers - who provide medical care and support services
not only to the patient, but to the patient's family and
loved ones. Braswell told that the patient is usually
referred by the primary physician but referrals can also be
made by family members, friends, clergy, or health
professionals. He went on to tell of emotional, social
support, spiritual care and bereavement program. Rev.
Braswell also explained how hospice was funded, and
described it was difficult, but rewarding work.

President Lena Harpham conducted the business meeting. The
thought-quote for this meeting is, "I have faced Death, I
have been caught in the wild weed tangles of Her hair, seen
the gleam of Her jade eyes. I will go when it is time. No
choice! - but nowd I want life." by Keri Hulme. "The Bone
People, 1983."

The Club Collect was led by Hazel Barmore. The Pledges to
the United States of America Flag and the Texas Flag were
led by Gretchen Luna, as the members repeated in unison.

The minutes of the previous meeting was read by Bobbi Lang,
secretary, and Pearl Gustafson, treasurer, presented a
report of club finances.

Margie Williamson reported on the Fall Board Meeting of the
Western District of Texas Federation of Women's Club, held
in Sanderson, on Oct. 17. Thirty four ladies from Western
District were in attendance.

Joyce Morton, CIP Chairman, told of a change in Community
Improvement Projects, which is to put more emphasis on
projects to improve the life of individuals as well as the
one that is already in place to give service in improving
the community.

Study club members voted to make Francis Wood, a long time
member, a Life Member of The Modern Study Club. This honor
ws presented to Wood by Past-President Margie Williamson.

Members were reminded to be collecting items for M.D.
Anderson Cancer Research Hospital. A complete list will be
provided at the next meeting.

Roll call was answered, "What are you doing to pursue a
healthy lifestyle?"

Refreshments of finger sandwiches, deviled eggs, nuts and
cherry cream dessert was served, from a table using a fall
theme, by hostesses Joyce Morton and Lena Harpham to Hazel
Barmore, Nan Cate, Pearl Gustafson, Bobbi Lang, Gretchen
Luna, Juracy McCall, Doris Moorman, Iris Reddick, Phyllis
Stool, Etta Sullivan, Laura Teal, Catherine Travland, Margie
Williamson and Francis Wood.

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