The Van-Far High School graduating Class of 1959 held it’s 55th reunion on October 25 at the Country Cupboard in Vandalia. Decorations were in the school colors of black and gold with black tablecloths and gold napkins. Bonnie Gibson and Janie Zimmer decorated each table with a crystal vase filled with gold balls. They also served hors d’oeuvre and punch during the social hour.
The reunion planning committee included Joyce Nolan, Judy Flowers, Glenda Clithero, and Donna Williams.
Following a social hour, class member Randall Kristofferson offered the blessing and a buffet was served.
After the meal, Alan Adam served as emcee as class members gave updates of their lives since the last reunion. Judy Flowers read a letter from classmate Jeanie Elliott, of Brookhaven, Mississippi.
Anita Allee, of Versailles, widow of class sponsor Vincel Allee, spoke to the group, giving some memories of the class’s senior trip and times at Van-Far High School.
Donna Williams read the names and lit a gold candle for each deceased classmate. Included were Betty Terry, Phyllis Pew, Don Brown, Donna Smith Darnell, J.R. DeTienne, Marvin Dowell, Curtis Elliott, Bill Gamblian, Lorna Adam Gatson, Ray Harrelson, Otis Hassien, Karen Williams Johnson, Linda Keith McMorris, Harold Overstreet, Joe Salmon, Linda Smelser Stowell, Wayne Utterback, and Fred Wilkerson.
Muriel Beshears spoke briefly about the Van-Far Alumni Association and invited everyone to take part.
Glenda Clithero gave prizes to the following: Wayne Kimey, for traveling the greatest distance; Pat Pritchett for having the youngest great-grandchild and Donna Williams for taking the most pills.
The committee in charge of the 60th reunion will be Janie Zimmer, Bonnie Gibson, Maemma Scrogin, and Alan Adam.
Attending were Alan and Loralee Adam, Vernon and Carolyn Maiden Bailey, Averil and Muriel Beshears, Robert and Glenda Hull Clithero, Randall and Betty Kristofferson, Bill Maxwell, Joyce Todd Nolan, Charles Scrogin, Forest Teague, Lana Perry Terry, Marijane Ball Zimmer, all of Vandalia; Bill and Maemma Southwick Scrogin, Bud and Pat Libby Pritchett, all of Centralia; Jerry and Rosalie Caldwell, of Kirksville; Francis Wright Ignacio, of St. Clair and guest, her sister Better Hassien, of Hannibal; Wayne and Gerrie Kimey, of Midwest City, Oklahoma; Lee and Bonnie Gibson, of Mexico; Donna Lovelace Williams, of Perry; and Judy Masters Flowers, of Bowling Green.