More than 40 relatives and friends attended the 81st annual J.D. and Lucinda Riggs’ family reunion July 26 at Burns Community Center.
Calvin Schmidt provided an invocation before a basket dinner. Lela Heacock led the group in singing “America the Beautiful.” Each person attending talked about his or her family.
President Dianne Dewey conducted a business meeting. A treasurer’s report indicated a balance of $119 after paying all but $110.37 due for family cookbooks. Invitations will continue to be sent by e-mail to save cost.
Gifts were given to oldest attendee Loren Cox, 92, Newton; youngest attendee, Lydia Walker, born June 10 to Mr. and Mrs. Art Walker of Wichita; and those who traveled the farthest, Mr. and Mrs. Max Riggs of Sonoma, Calif.
First-time attendees were Jim and Nicole Hoch, Warrenville, Ill., and Kevin, Dyane and Paul Smokorowski, Andover.
Art Walker returned a traveling plate with home-baked individual cakes. The plate was won by LaVerne Boyer and will be returned to next year’s reunion with treats.
Handmade flag refrigerator ornaments were made and donated by Judy Riggs.
Max and Rosemary Riggs, Sonoma, Calif.; Amy Farney, Enid, Okla.; Jim and Nicole Hoch, Warrenville, Ill.; Carl and Reta Cox, Plano, Texas; Corky and Dianne Dewey, Abby and Nathan Waters, Savannah, Mo.; LaVerne Boyer and Dillon Dewey, St. Joseph, Mo.; Randy Riggs, Nixa, Mo.; Gary and Sheryl Bartlett, Charles and Lela Heacock, Esther Henderson, and Art, Cindy, Hannah and Lydia Walker, Wichita.
Kevin, Dyane and Paul Smokorowski, Andover; Betty Bryant and Judy Riggs, Winfield; Ross and Alberta Sampson and Sarah Sampson, Haysville; Richard Riggs, Olathe; Sarah Riggs, Shawnee; Loren Cox, Newton; Cleda Cox and Ron and Fern Goodwin, Burns; Reva Goodwin and Calvin and Dawna Schmidt, Moundridge.