One of our more prominent ’63 Highlanders lives in the area of Colorado that has, since last Friday, been devastated by several days of flooding. She is Susan Begley, who I’m sure most of us recall as a gentle and beautiful soul. Her home is undamaged however, all but one highway leading in and out of the area has been washed out, power is off and likely will be out for an extended period, as will the lack of stable roadways.
Susan has been a silent and significant contributor to the blog over the period of some months. She has adequate family and friend support nearby which should be enough to aid she and her husband weather the difficult time ahead. Faithful to his Hippocratic Oath, her husband is out, helping others.
I want to try an act of Highlander “crowd sourcing” support and I am calling on all ex-Highlanders to write just a line or two of your best wishes and encouragement. If you recall anything specific in your recollections of her back at EHHS, a short anecdote perhaps, I'm sure those would be particularly meaningful and uplifting.
Please, use your own words and post them to the Facebook thread or email to me at ehhs1963@yahoo. I plan to paste your words into a blog page that I know she can and will read when I let her know it’s there. (Her Internet is also out so, she has to log in from somewhere else now and then--it's a 2-mile hike to the closest car) Since the blog is open to the world, you tell me how to style your credit line….first name and class only, or both names. It’s your choice.
Let’s see what we can muster from a bunch of older characters ….we got 80 to the 50th in May. Maybe we can do better than that here. Older and younger classes who recall Susan are very welcome, too. I’m sure she will appreciate your thoughts.
- As Highlanders we are all family and all seem to come together during times of need. Prayers for all who are in Colorado during these tragic times. May God keep everyone safe! Ginny Darnell - Class of 1977
- Susan, I am so sorry to hear that you and yours have been so affected by those terrible floods. Hopes and prayers that you stay safe and that things get better as each day goes by. Kellie Pelham Maisch ‘62
- Susan , I will keep you in my prayers!! So sorry you you are affected by the terrible floods!!! Stay safe! Dianne Hardin Sztamenits
- Sending thoughts and prayers to our classmate Susan Begley Anderson, EHHS '63, who, according to Gus, is unharmed but in the middle of this devastation. Be safe, Susan, and tell us how we can help. Susan Craig Gregg ’65 (Bill Hunsaker’s lil’ sis)
- Oh, my! Susan, we're sending our good thoughts and prayers and are thankful that you are safe. No one ever expects something like this to happen to them...take care! -- from Donna Seate, EHHS '64
- Hope all is well and things get back to normal very soon, Susan. Nick Loesch ‘65
- My favorite memory of Susan Begley is her rendition of "There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly!" in the Big "E" Beauty pageant. I'll bet she is maintaining that same grace and poise in dealing with this crisis. Susan Craig Gregg ‘65
- Susan, we're praying you and your family during this very difficult time in beautiful Colorado. Carolyn Dake Eads ‘65
- Susan....so sorry to hear the news about the flooding in your area but thankful your home is okay. With the necessities of life being strained, it is our prayer things will ease soon. We actually have family in CO but they have not been hit as your area has been. May God's sweet embrace bring you comfort and peace as you walk out this journey at this difficult time. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for relief and protection. Love ya! Carol Crowder (Dacy)
- Susan & Gil: With the world news available anytime and at our fingertips on all of our electronic gadgets, we are constantly confronted with the good and the bad that happens in our global world. Even though we did not know her, in 1987 we worried all day about Baby Jessica who was trapped in a backyard well in Midland, Texas.
- Don’t know exactly what to ask for but I am praying that God will put his loving arms around you & let you know that you aren’t alone in this difficult time. God knows who you are & what crisis that you may be experiencing. There are times in all of our lives that things seem hopeless & you feel isolated, just know that others care. God bless & may things start to look brighter soon. Sincerely, Susie W. ‘63
- Susan, praying for you and your family! Sharon Hubbard ‘63
- Susan, We are all watching the news about the flooding in Colorado. So sorry you are caught up in this tragedy and wish you all the best. Nature seems to be testing us a lot these past years and that is when the comfort of friends and family are needed the most. We will hold you in our prayers. Take care. Biff Flatt ‘62
- Hi Susan . Hang in there . Hopefully you won't need an Ark ! I'm sorry you are too near this bad flooding ! Hope you and yours stay dry Keep your oars ready and be vigilant . It was nice to see you in May. Dona Blackstone Brandt ‘63
- Susan, Through all the many years and life's challenges, large and small, we can all count on the support of our Lord and the encouragement of our classmates! Stay safe and strong, Meg Garland ‘64
- Susan, please know that all your Texas friends are hoping that you & all the other people of Colorado will soon see a "ray of sunshine" break through & that the rain & storms will stop. Our prayers are with you all. I have cousins in Boulder with a flooded basement, so was already aware of the hardships. Take care & good luck! Gail (DeVore) Longley
so thrilled to be reconnecting with you, but so sorry it's under these
circumstances. I, too, still remember you as our EHHS Beauty Queen ~ as
beautiful on the inside as you were on the outside. I'm so sad for what
you are going through because of the devastating floods in Boulder--but
so thankful you, your family and your home have been spared. I'm praying
for God's continued protection, provision and for your strength and
endurance in the coming days.
With much affection, Sherri Sledge Pulliam '64
- Hi Susan, I was sorry to hear you were affected by the terrible Colorado floods. As the Chinese, who know a thing or two about natural – and manmade disasters – like to say, “che dao shan qian bi you lu.” When the cart reaches the mountain, a path through will appear. In other words, Everything will eventually work out okay. Best to you and your family, Larry Guthrie
- Susan, you were always easy to notice and pleasant. Thanks, and thinking of you and family as you get your lives back in order. Cheers, Mel Fenn
- Susan and Gil, it was so good to visit with you at the reunion. Can't believe what has happened in CO! And more disturbing, that you guys are caught up in it. I hear Gil is doing the doc thing which is wonderful. Hope you have electricity soon. Knowing how resourceful you guys are, I am sure lemonade is being made somehow from the lemon drops from the sky. And I am sure you are both finding additional ways of assisting others. Many thoughts and prayers are coming your way. Take courage. Vicki Held Burns
- Dear Susan, I'm sorry that you all are in the midst of the rains and flooding. Please know that I'm praying for you and the others who are experiencing this tragedy. May God give all of you healing and hope. Sincerely, Julie Hudson Beadle