Saturday, February 14, 2009


Thanks to the world of modern technology, I was able to find this photo of Tom Shook (son of Ada & Tom Shook) with his two sons, Tommy (L) and Nash (R). Uncle Tom lives in Clemmons, NC and now holds the distinction of being the oldest member of the Shook / Michael clan. Tommy lives in Greensboro, NC, and Nash is in Florida.

Nash and I just recently became friends on FaceBook, and it's from his Facebook page that I found this photo. I'm hoping all six of Uncle Tom's children will be in Matney for the reunion. I always thought they had the neatest family, and I remember many, many good times of all of us playing together either down at Uncle Tom and Aunt Ada's or up at Grandma and Grandpa Shook's house.

(Posted by Tanya S. Wilder)

Sunday, February 1, 2009


I'm posting information today on my Aunt Pauline since she's been through a recent surgery and is in cardiac rehabilitation in Atlanta, GA. A little over a week ago, she had quadruple by-pass surgery following a heart attack. Just a couple of days ago, she was moved to rehabilitation. Audrey, Linda, Errol, and Billy Rominger have visited her during her illness, and currently her step-children are looking in on her in the rehabilitation center in Atlanta.

The third of the Ruth/Hoyle Shook clan, Pauline completed her RN studies at Grace Memorial Hospital in Banner Elk, NC. Her supervisor, who just happened to be her sister-in-law (Steve Shook), remembers Pauline as a meticulous student who was, at times, painstakingly slow about getting things done.

Just recently, Betty Romano sent me the following memory about when Pauline visited Betty's family in Alcoa, TN. Betty writes, "She came to visit us in Alcoa and brought a bottle of Tigress perfume and a bright red satin long sleeve blouse. She took our bicycle and rode all over Alcoa wearing the red satin blouse and ultra short shorts .... and finally she brought home a fellow ... our minister's son. I think she was still in nursing school, I was still in high school. I had just begun to date a little and she talked me into double dating with her and this fellow. I can't remember what we did that evening but when we came home, she and the fellow sat on our porch swing, and my beau and I sat on the steps and talked. I don't think she said two words that whole night and I really don't remember any more of her visit other than she was always spraying that Tigress perfume on her neck, smelled nice but wow - was it powerful! I remember her being beautiful with her long dark hair blowing in the wind as she kept riding past our house on the bike."

When I talked to Aunt Pauline at Christmas, she sounded fragile and weak, but when I mentioned the family reunion, she said she'd try her best to get there. My hope is that her health will allow her to travel so we can all give her a hug in Matney in July.

(Posted by Tanya Shook Wilder)



This past Thursday, January 29, 2009, Dulcie Ruth Michael Shook celebrated her 107th birthday. The following link will take you to a small article that appeared in the online publication GoBlueRidge.Net. I hope the comments folks made appear at this connection as well.

I took this photo of her this past Christmas Day. She was alert, knew everyone, asked me to "get her a bite to eat," and wanted everyone to sing for her. My mom and Aunt Audrey visited her on Thursday, and when Mom asked her how old she was, Grandma replied rather forcefully, "I'm 107 years old today!"

My love for my grandmother is larger than the Universe, and I feel infinitely blessed she's been around to guide all of us throughout our lives. We are truly blessed.

(Posted by Tanya Shook Wilder)