Longtime St. James church member marks 90th birthday
by Sally Litchfield
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Mary Thompson, a beloved member of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Marietta, celebrated her 90th birthday last week. Her many friends planned three birthday events.

On June 1, Jane McGuigan hosted a dinner for Mary at her Marietta home. On June 2, a large birthday luncheon was presented in the Parish Hall at St. James’ Episcopal Church with more than 50 of Mary’s close friends attending to celebrate and honor her many years of volunteering at the church. On June 5, Mary’s bridge group from Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw honored Mary with a birthday luncheon at the Swan Coach House in Atlanta.

Mary has been a resident of Marietta since 1972 when she moved here with her late husband, Dr. Bill Thompson, who was dean of the College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Thompson died in 1998. Both Thompson and Mary were active members of St. James’ Church since they moved to Marietta. Mary continued as an active cherished member of the church to this day. Mary has endeared herself to many for her devotion to her church for the past 42 years and her friends were happy to honor her on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

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The Kiwanis Club of Marietta honored recipients of the annual Marietta Kiwanis Foundation scholarships during a weekly luncheon meeting in May.

Scholarships were available to students throughout the community who completed applications. Students’ applications were reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and a total of nine scholarships were awarded; seven administered by The Kiwanis Club of Marietta and one each where the application was made directly to Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University. Selection criteria typically includes a combination of academic achievement, character (exemplified by extracurricular and community service activities), a written essay and financial need.

The following recipients and scholarships were awarded: Montinque Baugh with the Jane & Ebbie Lance Scholarship; Dakota Donaldson with the Forever Remember Scholarship; Hayden Kaht with the Turner-Howard Scholarship; Laura Sherman with the Fred & Drucilla Beck Scholarship at SPSU; Kaci Pollack with the Bill “Scoop” Kinney Scholarship (pictured); Olivia Allensworth with the Recipient of Founders/Beck Scholarship at KSU; David Morris with the E.W. Chastain Scholarship; Jessica Teal with the Special Education Scholarship and Lucy Kirby with the Steve Tumlin Scholarship.

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The Creepers Car Club will conduct its 24th Car Show at Jim Miller Park on June 14 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All cars and trucks are welcome to enter. The registration fee is $25 and vehicles must be registered by 12:30 p.m. on June 14 to be eligible for awards.

Twenty-five Creepers Choice Awards will be awarded as determined by Creepers Club members. There will be door prizes and cash drawings for registered participants. Music and food vendors will be on site.

The Creepers Car Club is celebrating its 54th year. They are the oldest car club in the State of Georgia. Proceeds support local charities. They have given more than $350,000 to charities since starting the shows.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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