Europe Trip

In early April we traveled to Germany and Poland to visit our missionary friends.   LeBron and Libby Williams are career missionaries in Germany.   Scott and Jackie Newman are completing a short-term missionary program in Poland.  Check out their website:

20 200704 F_Apr4&5 Poland Scott & Jackie Newman, Libby & LeBron Williams

Scott and Jackie Newman with Libby and LeBron Williams in train station at Wroclaw, Poland

22 200704 D_Apr4&5 Poland Dining in old bomb shelter
Enjoying dinner in a Polish restaurant that was a former WW II bomb shelter


To view more pictures of the Europe trip, please click here.


Loss of Elizabeth Tilley

Mamie, Jack, Richard, and I feel overwhelmed by the many expressions of sympathy extended to us during this time of Mother’s promotion to heaven, and we thank everyone more than mere words can convey.  It means so much to know others share our sorrow and are lifting us up in prayer.   Mother’s  funeral was a lovely tribute to a life well-lived, centered on the Lord.  In addition to the four ministers, Jack and Richard also spoke.  To view a DVD tribute to her life, go to:   
Below is a portion of her obituary:

Elizabeth Vida Walls Tilley died Thursday, April 5, at the home of Jack and Mamie Whitten of Rock View.
     Born in Logan County March 7, 1925, Elizabeth was the daughter of the late Dot and Stella West Walls.
     Elizabeth was a homemaker and loved to cook, raise a big garden, can, and share with friends and family. A lifelong student of the Bible, her joy in the Lord was evident in the wonderful smile she had for everyone.  She was active in the community and a faithful member of Delilah United Methodist Church where she was past president of the United Methodist Women and had served as Spiritual Life leader, Sunday School teacher, and Bible School helper.   Elizabeth became a member of the Reedy Methodist Church at Uno, WV, (now called Simon) in 1934 and graduated from Baileysville High School in 1943. She became a resident of Oceana in 1952.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband, John Raymond Tilley, in 1966, and by four sisters:  infant sister, Fostina Walls; Lavonia Toler; Lorraine Wickline; and Anna Belcher.
     She is survived by two daughters: Karen Suzanna Hanham (formerly of Bluefield, WV) and her husband Richard of Owensboro, KY,  and Mamie Hope Whitten and her husband Jack of Rock View, WV.  She is also survived by one sister: Margaret Terry and her husband Bill of Matheny and by a brother-in-law, Gillett Wickline of Pearisburg, VA.  Additional survivors include 5 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.


Back in WV to Handle Mother’s Estate

30 200704 Dinner at Terrys02

31 200704 Dinner at Terrys

Family dinner hosted by Aunt Margaret and Uncle Bill Terry

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Jack Whitten aka “Critter Gitter” holding 2 fox babies retrieved from a trap

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Suzanna feeding Roosevelt and Miss Ellie – latest pets of the Mamie and Jack

60 200704 Mom's House

We have cleared out and cleaned Mother’s house and listed it with Century 21.  It is such an emotional experience to do this!  Mamie and Suzanna desire your prayers as we find places in our homes for many of the possessions Mother owned.  There is so much sentiment attached to such a task.

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With sadness we load up and leave back to KY


4. Visiting Renee and Michael in OK

70 200705 Renee and Michael, OK City

Richard with Renee and Michael in their new house in Moore, OK.     Renee is expecting a baby in December and not feeling her best.  Please pray for them.

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Renee and Michael with their family pet “Beau”.

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Renee passed her RN certification tests and now works as a registered nurse in an Oklahoma City area hospital.


In loving memory of  Jennifer "Jen" Rebecca Toler

78 200705 Jennifer Toler

July 18, 1975 - May 10, 2007

 (daughter of Suzanna’s cousin, Owen, and Joane of Bracey, VA)


Back in Owensboro

80 200705 Patsy Cottle Visit

Spencer, the neighbor’s dog, helps to welcome Patsy Cottle, a friend of Suzanna’s from their days at Concord College.  She visited from Maryland over Memorial Day weekend.

90 200705 Memorial Service

The Memorial Day evening service at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church was held in the church cemetery.   Suzanna provided the music.



Pictures - Apr-May 07