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 Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 13, 2017, Page 5

The 65th annual family reunion of the family of William and Maria Griffth Roudybush was held Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the home of Jim Brown near Lenox. A cool and sunny day gave the fifty-seven family members who attended a time to visit and share a potluck dinner. Several family members shared updates. Dillon David celebrated his 15th birthday and Roy and Nancy Lumbard celebrated their anniversary at the reunion. Pauline Crussell has her birthday on the 26th.

The following births were reported: Carrie Gaeta had a daughter Calista Gaeta born on May 18; a daughter, Charlotte Ruth Stafford was born to William and Amy Stafford on June 2, 2016, and a son, Ryan Robert Stafford on June 13, 2017, grandparents are Eldon and JoAnn Ballenger; a daughter, Layla T. Kay to Brad and Melissa Dolecheck Clymer on October 6, 2016, grandparents are Duane and Eula Dolecheck; Amanda Gaeta had a daughter, Norma Ruth Axle, born on March 27, 2017, grandparents are Vince and Janice Gaeta; Audreigh Grace Chapman was born June 6, 2017, to Kaeleb Chipman and Mikaela Couch, Bruce and Michelle Berry-Hower are grandparents, great grandparents are Ernie and Mary Beth Hower, and great-great grandparents are Roy and Nancy Lumbard.

Marriages reported were Ethan and Caitlyn King on December 8, 2016, grandson of Joyce King, and Andy and Gabby Jenkins Haley were married on June 17, 2017, son of Jack and Janet Haley.

Jim Haley, son of Harry and Ruth Haley, died on April 11, 2017 and Duane Sobotka, son of Leonard and Venita Sobotka, passed away on June 22, 2017.

Steve Barker presided over the business meeting. Secretary Kris Roudybush read the minutes of last year's reunion. Steve Barker, president, and Kris Roudybush, secretary, will continue to serve for the next year. A monetary gift was given to Jim Brown for hosting the reunion at his home. We will plan to meet there again next year at noon on June 24, 2018. A tour was given of Jim's new home.

The following people attended the reunion: Jerry Haley, Abbigail and Melaina Haley, and Tegan and Tanner Streit of Mt. Ayr; Joyce and Kelsey King and Haley English of Bettendorf; Lee and Mary Roudybush and Joann Ballenger of Muscatine; Carol Kellett of Aledo, IL; Gary and Kris Roudybush of Osceola; Bob and Kathlyn Brown, Jim Brown, DJ Brown, Jenny Robinson, Darian and Jamie David and Austen and Caeden; Gary Brown, Nick, Jenna, Emma, Nikenna and Alana Brown and Hugh and Sherry Vogel, all of Lenox; Don and Maralyn Barker, Steve Barker and Diana O'Riley of Ames; Duane and Eula Dolecheck, Roy and Nancy Lumbard, Megan Brown and Mitchell Brown of Creston; Pauline Crussell of Clarinda; John and Pat Wilson; Craig and Janie David and Logan, Dillan, Taylynn and Naomi, Corbin David of Clearfield; Ernie and Mary Beth Hower and Deanna Rieke from Des Moines; and Jerry and Dee Sobotka of DeSoto.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2017

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