The Purdy High School Class of 1961 held an all-day 50th class reunion celebration at the home of Eugene Dilbeck on Sept. 3. Out of the class of 34 alumni members, 19 living classmates were able to attend the event. Four former teachers were also present. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Kathy (Smith) Abramovitz, of Pierce City; Janice (Troutman) Puckett, of Overland Park, Kan.; Donna Dodson, of Cassville; teacher Walker Craig, of Monett; teacher Louise (Conley) Shepherd, of Kansas City; teacher Nadean Merritt, of Purdy; Ellen (Conley) Morlan, of Monett; teacher Ronnie Rose, of Cassville; and Wanda (Robinson) Holcomb, of Dewey, Ariz. Second row: Linda Schad, of Purdy; Morris Dodson, of Cassville; Barbara (Lowery) Thomas, of Purdy; Jon Leonard, of Kansas City; Sue (Dodson) Bunnell, of Monett; and Eloise (Saloga) Haddock, of Bella Vista, Ark. Third row: Marjorie (Meister) Burch, of Springfield; Gail Burton, of Vienna, Va.; Bonnie (Rehwinkle) Burton, of Vienna, Va.; John Henderson, of Rosamond, Calif.; Don Garrison, of Farmingdale, Maine; Jim Moore, of Purdy; Eugene Dilbeck, of Cassville; and Darrel Pennel, of Verona.
[Chuck Nickle Photography]