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Mooers woman celebrates 90th Birthday

MOOERS Youd never guess that Mary (Kingsbury) Hogle is 90. But she sure is. In fact just last summer she and two of her former Mooers High School classmates celebrated their 70th reunion. It took some behind-the-scenes footwork, but when the members of the Three Steeples Church were asked if anyone had news to celebrate or concerns to share, Hogle was surprised to find out her birthday was at the top of the list. And who better to make the presentation than John Southwick,M.D., a long-time friend of Hogles and member of Three Steeples. Hogle, who was born on her fathers farm, located just west of Perrys Mills, was brought into the world by a mid-wife named Minnie Favreau. She was one of the four children born to George and Susan (Laware) Kingsbury. Hogle was a teacher at Cannons Corners School and Mooers High School. She married Darryl Hogle in June of 1941 and together they had five sons, Darryl, Robert, Michael, Patrick and Hugh. Southwick recalled how Hogle cared for her husband at the time of his passing, and how devastated she was by the death of her son, Patrick. Southwick noted how such news could certainly destroy ones faith, yet Hogle continued to serve her church - the one she had been so instrumental inn creating many years ago. He said that despite some medical problems, Hogle has always carried herself well. One would think she is at least 30 years younger than she is, Southwick said. Happy Birthday Mary! Hogle was presented with a special hand-made quilt, flowers and many hugs and kisses during a reception held after the church service. She said she had a good feeling about just who was involved in the surprise celebration - but wondered how in the heck they managed to get her son, Hugh to go to church!

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