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Local dentist office gives to Christmas Happiness in memory of office assistant

When clients came into Washko Family Dentistry they were greeted by the easygoing smile of Gail Ralston. She worked at the Spencer dental for more than 30 years. Ralston died unexpectedly in September and has left behind an office family who miss her daily.

The members of the office contributed to the Christmas Happiness Fund in Raltson’s honor.

“I work with a great bunch of ladies. They are committed, dedicated and loyal. She had been with the practice for 38 years and she had been with me for 25 years,” said Ken Washko.

It was a shock to everyone when Ralston died and she “left a wonderful family, both at home and with us,” he said.

Ralston was a receptionist and was the insurance coordinator for the dental practice.

“Everybody would come in, they knew they were in the right place when they saw her,” Washko said.

He said Ralston was a great person.

Nancy Washko, Ken Washko’s wife, said she knows how the dental office misses Ralston.

“It’s like you’re losing a family member. We live to give to the Christmas Happiness Fund and when you can give in someone’s else memory well she would appreciate having that donation in her memory,” Nancy Washko said.

it’s like you’re losing a family member. we likle to give to the CH fund and when you can give in someone else’s memory.

The community makes donations to the Christmas Happiness Fund and earmark their contribution in honor or in memory of someone. The donations are received at the Salisbury Post. The money collected is then given to the Salvation Army of Rowan County to distribute to families who meet the eligibility requirements.

The following contributions were given:
In honor of Beth and Doug Safrit and Jill and Ray Platt by Carol and Denny White  $150

In honor of our pastor at CUMC, Rev. Jim King for the New Horizons Sunday School Class $50
In honor of Helen C. Watson by Dale and Kathy Watson  $25
In memory of Oscar Garver and in honor of Hazel Garver by Kathy and Dale Watson  $50
Anonymous  $100
In memory of Papa and Grandma Helms, Papa Sedberry and Mimi by Vicki and Charles Butler  $50
In honor of J.P. and Sally Helms by Vicki and Charles Butler  $25
In honor of Jimmy and Anne Wilson by Vicki and Charles Butler  $25
In honor of Bob and Fran Tannehill by Vicki and Charles Butler  $25
In honor of Edith and Don Julian by Vicki and Charles Butler  $25
In honor of Gordon Hurley by Vicki and Charles Butler  $25
In honor of Peggy McDaniel by Vicki and Charles Butler  $25
In memory of my husband, Bill Scoggins by Brenda Scoggins  $100
In loving memory of parents we have lost, our beloved “Spuds”, and loved one we miss so very much by Karen and James Wilkerson  $25
In loving memory of my family the John C. Lyerly Family by Katherine Lyerly  $100
In honor of Group #1, LCW, Christiana Church, whose dedication and faithfulness have meant so much to me, given by their leader, Katherine Lyerly  $25
In honor of Jessie Blumenthal by Rob, Alex and Ben  $50
The Y Walkers and Talkers:  Betsy, Ginny, Kay, Linda, Mary and Nita  $200
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson Hall  $50
In honor of Johnny at Food Lion  $50
In memory of Clay Thomas by Georgianna, Vance, Van, and Blake  $200
In memory of Annette E. Whitted by Richard and Novella Snyder  $10
In loving memory of Gail Ralston, your family at Washko Family Dentistry loves and misses you every day!!! $100
Total $1,575.00
Running Total  $31,579.06
Contributions to Christmas Happiness may be delivered to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mailed to Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, N.C. 28145-4639. Please make checks payable to Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you want your donation listed.
Correction from Dec. 9
In honor of Kath Smith by Billie Josey, Debbie and Peggy $25

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