Monday, May 27, 2013

Julee's Contribution

by Keith

We just returned from the Memorial Day program in my hometown, Lime Springs, Iowa. Waiting for me was an email from Julee with a link to the video below.

I thought it especially appropriate, so am posting it for your enjoyment and thought.

As far as I know, neither Julee nor I have any relationship to the speaker, but I wish I did. He sounds like a level-headed person who clearly appreciates what he—and we—have in this wonderful country.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Greetings from Marv and Bev

by Bev via Dianne

Greetings to all our friends at Rockport. We miss you all. We decided to give up our RVing as we are getting older and it gets harder ever year to pack and get ready. It was a hard decision to make, as we loved all the friendships we made and the great times we had. I miss all my Mah jongg players but I started a group from my church, and we play every Friday. Marv has plenty of projects that keeps him busy. We also have been able to spend some quality time with our kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. The winter wasn't so bad as we only had 80 inches of snow. Marv has been working in the garden and the flowers are looking great. If any of you guys ever get to Wyoming you are always welcome. Hope you all have a great summer. We love you all. Marv and Bev.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Back in Michigan

by Dianne

Since I just received another inquiry about Dick and Lucille, thought I'd post this quick note to let everyone know they are back in Michigan safe and sound -- arrived May 4th.

He's been out on his tractor mowing their one acre yard, weather permitting, and tinkering in his shed doing guy things. He celebrated his 78th birthday on the 10th and we are so amazed with the progress he has made in the last month. He is doing great and we are so very thankful.

Y'all have a safe summer.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Passing of Sharron Francis

by Dianne

I first met Sharron and CJ in 2011. They were in a 5th wheel on the SE side of 2nd Street. You could find Sharron at the Club House just about every evening playing cards while her husband CJ was out fishing on the Copono pier. I'm not sure if that was their first year at the park, but I do know it was the first year we met. They did not come down in 2012 because of health issues. For those of you who knew them, thought you'd like to know. I copied this from the online obituary. Our prayers are with CJ and family.

Sharron D. Francis

BORN: July 1, 1943
DIED: May 9, 2013
LOCATION: Kingman, Indiana

Sharron D. (Hutchcraft) Francis, age 69, of Kingman passed away on Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 1:03pm at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute. Sharron was born in Gibson City, IL on July 1, 1943 to the late Omar and Mary (Pearson) Hutchcraft. She graduated from Gibson High School in 1961 and married Charles Francis on October 5, 1974 in Gibson City, IL.
Sharron was a hairdresser and an area supervisor for Casey's. She belonged to the Red Hat Society and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She enjoyed playing cards, Bunko, watching hummingbirds, liked lighthouses and loved her family and many friends.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Francis of Kingman; three sons, Tracy (Cindy) Mott of Elliott, IL, Mike Francis of Texas, and Chuck (Millie) Francis of Gibson City, IL; 11 grandchildren, Ashley, Robin, Jake, Aly, Kaytlin, Cody, Bethany, Shelby, Maddie, Cherilyn, and C.C; and 5 great-grandchildren, Zach, C.J, Kaydence, Haven, and Rhilynn.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Beverly.
Friends may call at Sanders Funeral Care, 203 S 1st Street in Kingman, Monday, May 13, 2013 from 12 noon until service time at 2:00pm with Coy Overpeck officiating. Burial will follow at Kingman Fraternal Cemetery. Sanders Funeral Care entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sonia Enman

by Dianne via Dave Enman

Just received the following email from Dave Enman asking me to post this to the Blog.

Sorry I haven't touched base with all of you folks. Things have not been going well for Sonia. Her first post-chemo ct scan was fine. In February or March she started to complain about stomach pains and another ct scan was ordered. This one showed 3 tumors, the largest being 3 inches wide and was impinging on her small bowel. After much consultation and multiple hospital visits, it was determined that nothing could be done. As a consequence she has been placed on palliative care. Of course doctors never commit to "how longs!"

Sonia Enman
Taken Feb 18, 2011
Last Wednesday she got a stomach port installed to relieve nausea and vomiting. I guess it removes excess pressure in the stomach and also will allow for drainage. Her diet will be restricted to clear liquids and soft foods. Doctors have told us many versions of what her diet can be. We'll figure it out.

We have arranged for hospice care and will work to make her remaining days, weeks, or hopefully months as comfortable as possible.

We are hoping that the port and bag will allow her to get around and maybe get some visits to the park.

The important thing is that the Sonia is in good spirits and is ambulatory.

Keep her in your prayers,


With their permission, here is their contact info:

Dave and Sonia Enman

1515 Arusha St
Round Rock, TX 78664-8505

Home phone:  (512) 252-2785

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Betty West Hospitalized

Dean West > Donna Gish > Connie Perkins > Keith Williams

Hi Keith! 

Just got a call from my aunt (Donna Gish) who just got a call from Dean West who reported that Betty had a stroke this morning.  

Betty West
February 13, 2010
She had carotid artery surgery yesterday (95% blocked)  and came through the surgery fine. She was in recovery when she had the stroke.  

She is paralyzed on the right side. They have done additional surgery and they believe that she will be ok. She's awake and aware of what has happened. 

 Dean wanted the Rockport 35 community to know and to ask for prayers.
If you will, please post this on the blog. Thanks!

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Message from the Rothmeyers

Just received this email from Connie.

Connie & Gary Rothmeyer
Actors in "A Christmas Carole"
December 18, 2010
Would you please put on the blog that we will not be returning to Rockport next year. We have sold our motor home and our home in Indianola and will be moving to a 55-plus community in Grand Island. We have been discussing doing this for a while and when we saw our big yard glaring us in the face, we decided to start looking around. I had gotten to where it was not fun taking care of the motor home anymore either. We are going to miss everyone and we cherish the friendships we have made. We hope that our paths will cross again one day.

Dear friends,
I'm sure I speak for everyone at the park when I say that we will miss you and Gary very much -- you are good people. There will come a time when each of us will make this same decision, for various reasons. We've enjoyed the times we shared and wish you both the best. We'll just have to add Grand Island as a stopping point to our future travels. Take care and God bless.

Dianne and Rick

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Enjoy Flash Mobs?

by Keith

I love flash mobs! If you do too, or if you simply find them interesting, you might enjoy this one.

It's a little different, as it takes place in a shopping center in Munich.