Sorority gives to Christmas Happiness in honor of late sorority sister
The women of the Xi Delta Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, a service sorority, have fond memories of their late sorority sister, Vicky Buchanan.
Since her 1999 death, the women have contributed to the Christmas Happiness Fund in her memory.
The Christmas Happiness fund began 60 years ago and provides Rowan County families in need a way to purchase presents for their children.
The program is sponsored by the Salisbury Post, which accepts contributions. The Rowan County Department of Social Services distributes vouchers to eligible families.
There are 10 women who are part of the sorority who’ve been friends for more than 20 years.
Buchanan died following complications to lupus, an auto-immune disorder.
Buchanan was the person who cheered up others, and although she was sick she never stopped moving, said friend Linda Tutterow.
The women and their spouses would annually go on road trips together. Tutterow recalled the last trip the group took 13 years ago to Valle Crucis. The trip was in August, three months before Buchanan died. Five of the women attended the trip.
“We had such a good time. We laughed all weekend,” Tutterow said.
The women still talk about that unforgettable trip.
“We still take trips. We go to the beach every year. We go in the fall with our husbands and in spring with just the girls,” she said.
One of the things Tutterow will remember about Buchanan is her hats.
“She liked to wear hats,” Tutterow said.
Buchanan couldn’t be in the sun because of lupus, but she had more bathing suits than any of the other women, she said.
Bring contributions to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mail them to The Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, NC 28145-4639.
Make checks payable to the Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you wish your donations to be listed.
In honor of Katherine Lyerly by Madeline Zieverink and Linda Haynes $50
In memory of Mr. Leo Wallace, Jr. and in honor of Victor Wallace, Lee Wallace and Justin Wallace by Linda, Belinda, Peachye and Carol $100
In memory of Buck Hurley by Ronald and Betty Bostian $500
In honor of Crawford Sloop and in memory of Eva Sloop by Linda M. Haynes $25
In honor of Granddaughter’s, Caroline, Suzanne and Magdalene by Lorraine Reidda and Suzanne Blunk $100
In honor of the office staff at Wallace Realty by Linda M. Haynes $25
In memory of Chub Richards, Bill Peeler and Bob Lee by Catawba College Gridiron Club $200
In memory of Nick and in honor of Jera, Ashlyn, Kara and J. T. by Maw Maw and Paw Paw $60
In memory of George Brown and in honor of Naomi Brown by Haley, Jordan, Bryson, Avery and Addison $40
In honor of Ronnie and Susan Loflin by Haley, Jordan, Bryson, Avery and Addison $40
In memory of Rev. Bennie Bearden and Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Schenk by Norman and Gloria Schenk $30
In memory of Pat and Kathleen Broadway and Carl Agner and in honor of Ruth Agner and Mick and Sasha (Broadway) Bary by Patrick-Linda-Michael Broadway $100
In loving memory of my husband, Fred and sons, Mark and Freddy and in honor of our son Ben by June Gregory $100
In honor [of our Sunday School Teachers, Georgs Hill, Steve Sherriff, Linda Adams, Blanche Sherrill and Carolyn Sadler by Daisy Hedrick Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church $100
In honor of Jill and Lynn by Susan $25
In honor of Mark Davis and Family by Susan $20
In memory of Elaine Honbarrier by Good Times Club of Union Lutheran Church $25
In memory of Everette and Mary Frances Wilhelm and Mary Beaver and in honor of Edd Beaver by Dale and Marsha Beaver $100
In honor of my great granddaughter, Madison Ridenhour and in honor of my grandsons, Justin and Matthew Ridenhour and my best friend, Bettie Waller by Virgie C. Dean $25
In memory of Petie Palmer Foster by Lynn and Karl Hales $50
In honor of Crystal and David Allen by Corriher Grange $200
In memory of my husband, Howard Goodman by Virginia Goodman $100
In honor of my greatgrandchildren by Libbie Deal $25
For my many Blessings $25
In honor of Jean L. Ray by Wilbert and Carolyn Lyerly $200
In memory of Dorothy and Robert Bradshaw, Jr. by Sheila and Family $25
In memory of Mrs. Margaret Allison and in honor Mr. John Allison by Jennifer B. Stirewalt $25
In honor of Beth and Doug, Jill and Ray by Carol and Denny White $150
In loving memory of my husband, Robert (Bob) Parks by Betty Parks $25
In honor of Rev. Steve Hines and the staff and Sunday School teachers at FUMC by First United Methodist Church, Mission Bridge Club $50
In loving memory of West and Rosemary Spain by The Langlais Family $40
In loving memory of Doris Langlais by The Langlais Family $20
In honor of “Uncle Ned and Aunt Shully,” our dear neighbors $75
South Rowan High School Child Nutrition $130
In lieu of Christmas Cards, Merry Christmas to all by Clancy and Ann Stoner Bostian $100
In memory of our sorority sister, Vicky Buchanan by Xi Delta Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi $50
Running Total $48,505.01
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.
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