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On Being Kind: Mom’s Birthday Wave Parade!

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Mrs. Marjorie West was turning 91, and each birthday has been an opportunity for her four daughters and the numerous grand-and great-grandchildren to show their love and appreciation of their ‘Nannie’. This year was different though, because of social distancing. How were they going to have a celebration she would enjoy AND keep it a secret? Leave it to a schoolteacher! Johnna West, Lee Gifford, Carol Crowson and Ann Lary put their heads together and came up with the perfect solution, a Birthday Honk and Wave Parade! It was held on Friday evening April 3 past the West home address on Vonda Drive!

Mrs. West came to Sulphur Springs in 1969 to raise her family. She was a schoolteacher at Winnsboro and Como-Pickton school districts., and “the best mom in the world!”

In order to pull this off as a surprise, they had to keep her from listening to KSST on April 2 and 3 because they were making the plans known as a part of the Birthday reading on the Good Morning Show. Then, on Friday afternoon, they went over as usual, baked a cake, decorated her yard and got her dressed for her “party”. Then, they seated her outside to wait for her ‘guests’. And that’s when the honking and waving began! Happy Birthday, Nannie!

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Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of

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