Tira News By Jan Vaughn

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Tira News

By Jan Vaughn



Joe Dan Karney passed away on Tuesday, March 22nd. His parents were the late Dooley and Thelma (Vandever) Karney. His wife of forty-four years, Gwendolyn Kraatz Karney, survives and we want to express our sympathy to her. Joe Dan’s funeral service was held on Thursday afternoon at the Murray-Orwosky Funeral Chapel, with burial at the Tira Cemetery. Please be in prayer for Gwen and family.

Tiffany Vaughn, Jaidyn Joslin, and Darris Cross went to Piney Shores Resort on Lake Conroe last Monday for Spring Break. They went through Tyler and did some shopping on the way. Kenden Joslin and Chip and I met them there on Wednesday. Morgan Joslin stayed home, hoping to get in some flying lessons, but weather and other issues prevented that. We enjoyed playing miniature golf, walking on the trails, swimming in the indoor & outdoor pools, and other resort amenities. On Thursday, we went to the Woodlands Children Museum for their “Irish-at-heart” tribute to Saint Patrick’s Day. The Irish dance presentation was wonderful and the juggling show was fun to watch. Jaidyn enjoyed checking out the interactive exhibits. That evening and the next day, she had fun playing with the “neighbor” kids at the resort, and we cooked hot dogs and made s’mores. Darris, Tiffany, and Kenden went shopping on Friday, and then they and Jaidyn headed home that afternoon. Chip and I shopped a little in Conroe on Friday evening and had a delicious meal at Texas Roadhouse that night. The next morning, we packed up and drove to Sour Lake, near Beaumont, to watch our great-granddaughter, Dixie, play T-ball. We had a good visit with her at the Dairy Queen following the game, and then we drove to Somerville to see Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald. We visited and played cards that afternoon and evening. On Sunday morning, we went to First Baptist Church in Somerville with them. Larry, their new music director, led the choir in a wonderful Easter musical. We all, including another couple from their church, went to College Station for lunch at Genghis Grill. Chip and I drove back to home that afternoon.

Darris Cross and Jaidyn Joslin

Darris Cross and Jaidyn Joslin

On Saturday, Tiffany, Jaidyn, and Darris participated in the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Easter Egg Hunt and Meet & Greet. Darris and Jaidyn were clowns for the event.

I would like to wish you all a blessed Easter!

I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected].


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