By Shavonne Walker
SALISBURY — Nancy Penley was a friend to many, but she succumbed to the effects related to cancer about three years ago, but her impact lives on through her friends with the Brown Bag Readers book club. The members of the club donated to the Christmas Happiness in memory of their friend.
“Nancy was a very special friend. She has three wonderful children, was always positive, upbeat and always had a smile on her face. She left quite a mark on our lives. Her children have families and she adored her grandchildren,” said friend Rochelle Bost.
The book club began years ago meeting in people’s home and then transitioned to meeting mostly at the Salisbury Country Club. The group is made up of 13 people who meet once a month, and someone hosts the meetings that usually have a theme.
Bost is a retired first-grade teacher and many of the other members are former educators.
“We know the needs of single parents who can’t afford to buy for their children. We want to make sure they have Santa. It takes a lot of the pressure off the parents,” Bost said.
Contributions to the Christmas Happiness Fund 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, NC 28145-4639. Please make checks payable to Christmas Happiness and indicate how you want your donation listed.
Today’s contributions are:
In memory of Nancy Penley by Brown Bag Readers — $260
In honor of the Rev. Aldana Allen by Providence UMW — $300
In memory of Ray Storey dedicated employee of many years by Waggoner Realty Co. — $250
In loving memory of Ruby and John Brown and Mary Starkey and in honor of Bradley, Carrie, Eli, Brian and Anna by Judy and Frank — $200
In honor of Salisbury Duplicate Bridge Club by Myrnie and John McLaughlin — $200
In loving memory of Hoytt and Ann Heilig by Donald, Phyllis, Tony and Patty Heilig — $200
In honor of our wonderful neighbors, Aunt Shully and Uncle Ned — $75
In memory of Kimberly Lee Townsend Arnold and Betty Christian Arnold — $50
Anonymous — $1,000
In honor of Delta Xi Omega Chapter Members by Alpa Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. — $100
In memory of my husband, Steve Douglas by Racine Douglas — $25
Anonymous — $100
In memory of Pat and Kathleen Broadway and Carol and Ruth Agner and in honor of Patrick and Linda Broadway and Mick and Sasha Broadway/Berry by Patrick and Linda Broadway — $100
In honor of Shut-Ins and Homebound Members of our class by The Mildred Merrell Sunday School Class of Union Lutheran Church — $50
In memory of Mrs. LiLia Rudisell by Hallie Hawkins Missionary Circle — $25
In memory of parents; LeRoy and Laura Neely, husband Vernon Thomside, son Anthony Neely by Phyllis Thomside — $100
In memory of Carl M. Benfield, Glenn R. Hartzoge, Mary B. Snowberger and Louise B. Hartzoge by Tim and Marsha — $75
In loving memory of my husband, Tom McDaniel by Peggy C. McDaniel — $100
In memory of Mary Martin Little — $25
In memory of David L. Huffman by Kyle Huffman, Jennifer, Jimmy, Katie, Kenzie and Chase Shoaf — $150
In memory of our grandparents; Mr. and Mrs. William Huffman and Mr. and Mrs. Dawson Weatherman by Kyle Huffman and Jennifer Shoaf — $50
In memory of Ruth E. Deadmon by Kyle Huffman and Jennifer Shoaf — $50
In memory of Elizabeth Wilson, Clyde Marvin, Jimmy, Glenda and Mary by Kirkman Family — $50
In honor of Grandmama and Pinky, Love Julie, Baxter, Izzy and Tux — $25
In memory of Janie Owen Hurst by Dona Lyerly Wilson — $50
In loving memory of our son Ryan Olsen by Vickie Olsen and Mike Olsen — $100
In loving memory of Juanita Hovis by Vickie Olsen — $50
In honor of Linda Adams by Pennie Martin — $100
In honor of Kathryn, David, Christoper and Tanner by Gran and Grandaddy — $100
In honor of Chef Santos and his Staff by Denny and Carol White — $100
In memory of Sam Moir-Thanks Tom Childress — $100
In honor of our teachers at Overton, Knox and Salisbury High by Hannah and Anna Claire — $150
In honor of our beautiful family by Rita and George Ennis — $100
In memory of my husband Junior Wyatt and my son Dean Wyatt by Betty Wyatt — $100
In loving memory of Oscar and Hazel Garver by Kathy Watson — $100
In memory of Rowan friends lost in 2018 and in honor of those make a positive difference! Phil Kirk — $50
Total — $4,660
Running total — $28,702.81
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.