To the editor:

Farewell to Greenville….

In 1983 my husband Billy retired and we moved back to his old home in Greenville. We were tired of the hectic life in Dallas and looked forward to a slower pace in a smaller town. It was wonderful to listen to the birds in the morning and enjoy the beauty surrounding our country home on Mamie Road, named for my husband’s mother.

I worked as the secretary for the Crossroads Mall manager for several years until I, too, decided to retire. I joined Grace Presbyterian Church and the Newcomers Club. Before long I was acquainted with people all over town.

When I retired, I was able to fulfill my lifelong dream of volunteer work. Bill Hunt, the former pastor of Grace Presbyterian, had resigned his ministry in order to devote himself full-time to FISH (now known as Hunt County Shared Ministries). It was the perfect opportunity for me to start my volunteer service. I have always wanted to be involved in organizations where I could assist other people so they could eventually help themselves.

Through the years I also worked with Church Women United Crisis Line, Women in Need, Habitat for Humanity, Lil’ Black Book Poetry Society, Follies, YMCA and the Salvation Army. Volunteering helped me as much as it did the recipients of these agencies. I met many, many people whom I now count as my dear friends.

In January my husband passed away. He had suffered from MS for 35 years. I will never forget the kindness of my friends and neighbors who helped me through that difficult time.

Today I am facing yet another turn in life’s journey. I am flying to Florida to live with my daughter Adrianne and her husband Don. Even though I know I will make new friends and acquaintances in Florida, Greenville is pulling at my heartstrings.

I will miss everyone in Greenville. It has been a wonderful experience to be a part of this community. I can truly say that everyone — whether it was the mechanic who fixed my car or the mayor himself – was friendly and helpful.

Thank you, Greenville, for welcoming me with open arms and hearts. I will always have fond memories of my time here.

Sincerely,

Connie Bonham

Puenta Gorda, Fla.

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