ELBC hosts Kings Night dinner

Judy Westhoff
   The Magic of the Magi, theme of 2016 Kings Night hosted by Eleanor Brackenridge Literary Club, was again a wonderful gathering of individuals enjoying a gala affair.
   The Sanctuary, site of Kings Night, was transformed with various wise men adorning each table accompanied by decorative gold items, orange sprigs, glass containers and a multitude of stars.
The early evening’s entertainment included singers Ashley and Sydney Patillo, Natalie and Colleen Fellers plus violinist Hunter Boxwell.
   Delighting the 50 attendees during the dinner was a “star-studded” magician. Scott Hollingsworth, a former cruise ship entertainer and for 25 years the resident magician at Houston’s Magic Island, astounded the crowd with a variety of amazing feats.  Awe and laughter resounded after each trick.

Myers - Hines pledge vows

   Louise Hines of Baton Rouge, La. and Robert Michael Myers II of Baton Rouge, La. exchanged double ring vows on Oct. 10, 2015 with the Very Rev. J. Mark Holland officiating.
   The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Hunter Hines Sr. of Baton Rouge, La. and the granddaughter of Mrs. Charles Stavaul Prosser. 
   The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Myers of Edna and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Myers of Edna.
   The altar was adorned with arrangements of peekaboo roses, white hydrangeas, coral roses, peach stock, and peach snapdragons. The family pews were marked with Queen Anne’s lace and light peach roses.
   Wedding music was provided by The Magnolia Strings. Selections included Sheep May Safely Graze, Air Suite in D, Fanfare, and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, all by J.S. Bach, and Hornpipe from Water Music by G.F. Handel. 

Quinn - Kubala to wed

Tommy and Denise Kubala announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kathryn Kubala to Jordan Quinn, son of Troy Quinn and Rebecca Quinn, all of Edna. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Donald and Helen Long and Larry and Patsy Kubala. She is the great-granddaughter of Reba Rainwater. She is a 2010 graduate of Edna High School and graduated from Victoria Beauty School in June of 2011. Kathryn is a licensed cosmetologist and opened The Parlour in late 2011 with her mother. The prospective groom is the grandson of Judy Bryant and the late Perry Pauley and Sue Quinn and the late Troy Quinn. He is the great-grandson of Pinkey Milby. He is a 2008 graduate of Edna High School. He is a self-employed welder. The couple will exchange vows on May 30, 2015 at Spring Creek Place Event Center in Victoria.


EBLC host women in county gov’t

Female Jackson County officials were the guest speakers at the Eleanor Brackenridge Literary Club on April 15. The club met at the home of Carrie Baker. The program, “Women in County Government” included presentations from Michele Darilek, county auditor, Mary Horton, county treasurer, Donna Atzenhoffer, county tax assessor-collector, and Barbara Williams, county clerk. They explained their job responsibilities along with laws and regulations that guide their offices. Williams encouraged members to become poll workers for elections.


Mercer - Bennatt set date

Miriam A. Patton of Vanderbilt announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Miriam Courtney Bennatt of Ganado, to Brandon Jay Mercer, son of Donnie and Julie Mercer, all of Ganado. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late B.G. Bennatt and the granddaughter of Miriam C. Patton of Spicewood. She is a 2007 graduate of Industrial High School and a 2013 graduate of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a bachelor’s degree in health science and a minor in business administration. She is employed by BKB Oilfield Inc. in Ganado as an administrative assistant. The prospective groom is the grandson of Gene and Gloria Alexander of Ganado. He is a 2006 graduate of Ganado High School and a 2008 graduate of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology with an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in natural gas compression. He is employed as a gas pipeline mechanic in Victoria with Energy Transfer. The couple will exchange vows at 3:30 p.m.


Davis - Jacobs set date

Timmy and Brenda Jacobs of Edna and Jeannie Greathouse of Edcouch announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Jacobs of Edna, to Nathan Davis of Edna, son of Jason and Kasi Davis of Yoakum. The bride-elect is a 2010 graduate of Edna High School and a 2011 graduate of Victoria Beauty College. She is the owner of JJ’s Mane Attraction in Edna. The prospective groom is a 2010 graduate of Hallettsville High School. He is employed as an operator at Merrick’s Pressure Testing in Pleasanton. The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. April 11, 2015 at the Historic Texana Church in Brackenridge Park.


Hensely - Howard set date

Rodney and Kathy Cooper of LaWard announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsay Marie Howard of Houston to Michael Wayne Hensley of Houston, son of Linn and Doug Bell of Bryan and Ron Hensley of Houston. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Billy Howard. She is a 2002 graduate of Industrial High School and a graduate of The University of Texas in 2006. She is a recruiter for C.P. Paragon of Houston. The prospective groom is a 1997 graduate of Conroe High School and a 2001 graduate of The University of Texas. He is a regional sales manager for Genomic Health. The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. on June 12, 2015 in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.


Five generations celebrate 102 years

Gladys Delia Thormalhen Mills Williams celebrated her 102 birthday on Jan. 17 in Victoria. There were five generations present, ranging from less than one year old to Williams’ 102 years. According to her granddaughter, Kathryn Kirkland Brooks of Edna, Williams’ eyesight prevents her from cooking or baking her “famous” cookies, but at any given time can be found watching a baseball game, Wheel of Fortune, or Jeopardy, while her fingers are busy knitting or crocheting. Her relatives have all been recipients of the quilts and afghans, but Williams also makes afghans and knitted house shoes that are donated to church missions. She worked as a charge nurse for many years at Citizens Hospital in Victoria, cared for her parents when they got older and raised two daughters. From left are Kathryn Kirkland Brooks of Edna, granddaughter, Gladys Williams “Nannie” of Victoria, Florence Kirkland of Victoria, daughter, and Johanna Brooks of Bloomington, formerly of Edna, great-granddaughter.


Kings Night dinner held in The Sanctuary


It was arguably the social event of the season. The Eleanor Brackenridge Literary Club held its third annual Kings Night dinner at The Sanctuary, the newly-renovated event center owned by Harrison and Jeanette Stafford and Joe and Margaret Hermes.
The Sanctuary is part of the old Presbyterian church in Edna the group is renovating. The Sanctuary has bloomed under the Stafford and Hermes’ loving restoration, with care taken to retain the original charm of the building.
The Kings Night celebration refers to the magi presenting their gifts to the Christ child, according to the New Testament. Keeping with the theme, Industrial High School students, Ashley and Sydney Pattillo, Lillian Hill and Natalie and Colleen Fellers provided entertainment for the evening which included singing Christmas carols and a delightful play adapted by EBLC member Diann Walleck that portrayed the story of the Magi from their wive’s perspective.

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