Sep 6, 2017

Sad News from Arizona

I talked to my former neighbors who moved to Arizona in March.  They were so very helpful during Bill's illness.  Their precious and sensitive standard poodle named PJ was a very special little being in my life at that time.  She seemed to sense my grief and was extremely protective of me - pulling her mom to my house before she would go on a walk, just to make sure I was OK.  Here she is waiting for me to let her know I'm OK.

PJ was 12 years old.  She developed an inoperable tumor and passed away last month.  I am sad!

Aug 14, 2017

Looking for Dixie - from Dixie

I'm from Dixie, as we say here in Southern Utah - some of the pioneer families assigned to settle this area hailed from the South and possessed the necessary skills to grow cotton and establish a community. Paying homage to the nickname of their former home, these settlers called the region “Utah’s Dixie."  And now I'm looking for Dixie!

That said, my current genealogy puzzle is locating the husband(s) of Dixie D. Barton, born in 1916 [grave marker is incorrect according to obituary found in a 1916 paper] in Arkansas, married in Oklahoma in 1936 and again in Montana [her grandparents spent some time in Montana] in 1937 to William H. Cacy.  Since her maiden name was Barton, but her headstone in the Pleasanton, California cemetery gives her name as Dixie Johnson Sorensen, it's my belief that after marriage to Mr. Cacy, she was married to a Mr. Johnson and then to James Sorensen (the name of her husband at the time of her death, per her obituary).  She died 30 November 1962 in Pleasanton, California.  It is possible Mr. Johnson was Forrest Alexander Johnson, going by his burial record. 

Fun puzzle.  Hope I can find the answers.

Aug 1, 2017

A New Devil Pup Annual Award

On July 29th, I attended the graduation of Devil Pups' second increment at Camp Pendleton, California.  It was my first year of Devil Pups without my Marine.  It was a bittersweet experience - Bill was honored in several ways and I heard from several Marines how much they respected him.  At the graduation ceremony at Camp Pendleton a new annual award was given to the Pup graduate who exhibited the most persistence and it comes with a $200 cash award.  It is to be called "The Col. Bill Toole Award," and I was honored to be the first presenter of this award.  

We graduated 10 pups this year from St. George - and one of them, Alena, earned a Physical Fitness Award, for reaching the perfect score of 400 (push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and a mile run).  She is our first female award winner and the third in 10 years of SoUtah Devil Pups.

Mar 28, 2017

I Miss PJ

My good friend and guardian, PJ, has moved away to new territory, many new sniffs and people to fall in love with her, too.  Life is not the same on our street!

Feb 15, 2017

2017 Valentine's Day

My first Valentine's Day without Bill since our marriage.  Shannon is here visiting, which helps a lot.  Friends Cher and Darrell brought a candle with a red balloon, Mike and family sent beautiful iris and day lilies (he always remembers my favorites) and Mark from Spilsbury surprised me with red roses in memory of Col. Toole.  How thoughtful was that?  I miss Bill a lot - I miss holding hands - and I miss his unwavering love and support.  In his honor, I presented the Devil Pup story to the local D.A.R. chapter on Valentine's Day.  Bill would be pleased that the D.A.R. members made donations to the Devil Pup program.

Dec 25, 2016

Christmas Eve Services CCSG

For several years I have had the pleasure of playing preludes for Calvary Chapel St. George's Christmas Eve services.  It's a wonderful time of celebrating the meaning of Christmas and I love to be a part of it.  Here are some PHOTOS from some of these celebrations.

Dec 23, 2016

23 Dec 2016 - A Devil Pup Visitor

Around 7:30 the doorbell rang.  I was surprised to find a Devil Pup from 2011, Kelsy, and her dad.  She’s at BYU in Hawaii now but was home for Christmas and wanted to bring by a Christmas gift and wish me a Merry Christmas.  These kids continue to surprise me.  We had a great chat and she promised to stay in touch.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness, Kelsy.
Mariah (who is serving in the Navy, see below), Col. Toole,
and Kelsy (studying at BYU, Hawaii).


Dec 12, 2016

Celebrating Jesus' Birthday

This is the first year I've set up this nativity scene from the Willow Tree collection.  My friend, Cher, put it up and added the lights.  I love it.  I won this whole set at a local scrapbook store three or four years ago.  A beautiful reminder that God sent his Son that we might have eternal life - a gift beyond compare!

Cher also brought over a Christmas tree and decorated it for me.  She is extremely talented!

Oct 24, 2016

He's With the Lord

I miss him so much!  He developed double pneumonia and spent three nights in the hospital.  He did not respond to antibiotics because of his extreme weight loss and weakened condition.  He returned to the nursing home under hospice care.  I was with him on Saturday morning, October 15th.  He was four days away from being 84.  What a wonderful husband he was!
  Watching his beloved Devil Pups check into 2013 summer camp.

Our Wedding Day 1978 

2008 Marine Corps Birthday Ball, SunRiver St. George