MHS Class of 1959 holds reunion

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Attending the reunion of the Monett High School Class of 1959, front row from left, are: Don Green, Carolyn (Schelin) Dixon, Janie (Bass) Bates, Mary Jean (Boucher) Fall, Marian (Rusch) Jackson, Darlene (Garoutte) McAnally, Judi (Edwards) Sonderegger, and Ralph Nolan. Back row: James Garoutte, Larry Denney, Mike Garrett, Don Jones, Bill Thurston, Charles Cherry, Max Phillips, John Fall, Jack Turner and Larry “Tuck” Suit. Memories Photography

Twenty gather for stories, fellowship

The Monett High School Class of 1959 recently held its 60th class reunion with 20 members attending all or part of the festivities.

On Friday evening, the group gathered at the home of Mike and Phyllis Garrett, where they enjoyed snacks and visitation.

On Saturday morning, the class enjoyed a breakfast buffet at Angus Branch Steakhouse, followed by a guided tour by Jeanne Ann Camp of the Monett Historical Society's Museum. A silent auction was held and the class voted to donate $256 to the museum.

The class convened in the evening for a group photo and catered dinner and program at the Monett Masonic Lodge. Mike Garrett served as the master of ceremonies. Pictures of all the deceased classmates were displayed along with various scrapbooks and memorabilia. The names were read as a moment of silence was observed.

Carolyn Dixon read a humorous poem about the passed times. She presented each person with a jar of homemade peach preserves she made.

Classmates decided to hold their next reunion in two years.

Class members and their spouses or guests were: Darlene (Garoutte) McAnally; John and Mary Jean Fall of Nixa; Carl Schmidt of Rogersville; Judi (Edwards) Sonderegger and Jerry of Kansas City; Marian (Rusch) Jackson and Larry of Republic; Larry Suit and Carol of Seymour, Texas; Max Phillips of Hurst, Texas; Jack Turner and Marilyn of New Brighton, Mn.; Richard Cavender and Jeanne of Rolla; Larry Denney of Shell Knob; Don Green of Pleasant Hope; Carolyn (Schelin) Dixon and K.O. of Olathe, Kan.; Don Jones and Kaye of Midlothian, Va.; Charles Cherry and guest Beverly Hilton, Mike and Phyllis Garrett, Bill Thurston, Jeanne Ann Camp, Ralph Nolan and Claudia with guest Paige McCullough, Janie (Bass) Bates, and guest Jerry Dierker, all of Monett.