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Thursday, February 26, 2015 Free Press Page 7 is By JOHN McCALLUM Editor When you live to be 109 years old, you end up with a lot of memories. So many that sometimes it's difficult to keep things straight, Cheney Care Center resident Flossie Dickey said as she celebrated her 109th birthday last was here when she was around age 6 that she and her siblings had the op- portunity to meet Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe of indians, spending time in their teepees and learning many of their customs and skills. At age 15, she met and married Roy Dickey, who she said at the time was Wednesday with care center residents driving a "water wagon" used to keep and many family and friends who the dust on the dirt streets down. stopped by or called almost all day "My mom met him and she thought long. he was quite a guy," Flossie said. "Well Dickey was born Feb. 18, 1906, in I married him." "a little country town" called Yoncolla, The couple stayed together for more Ore., that she said was somewhere near 'than 50 years, with Flossie giving birth Corvallis. to three children, Rita, Arthur and "I couldn't tell you," she said. "I Clyde during the Great Depression. haven't been there in years." Eventually over time, the family grew to Dickey's parents moved to the In- include grandchildren, great-grandchil- land Northwest when she was still an dren and great great grandchildren. infant, first to North Idaho and then to Roy and Flossie at one point moved Spokane where she said she attended with their children to the Chehalis, school. Wash., area where she said she re- A family member owned property members working in apple orchards at near the Pend O'Reille River, and it times, The couple also had a farm near Lewiston, Idaho, for a number of years, a location several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren said created fond memories for them as they grew up and visited. Dickey has been at the Cheney Care Center since 2001, and according to staff information, has "formed what she refers to as many friendships with her peers and staff members/' She loves to crochet, pet therapies and sharing stories from her past, including doing comparisons of her life versus the lives of people today. Her favorite activity, however, is getting up in the morning, which she said is a "good start" to the day. Always looking to the future, care center staff said Dickey told them she has four things she would like to do be- fore she reaches 110 years olG including learning to play golf, driving a car and riding in a train. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@chene Contributed photo by Cheney Care Center Flossie Dickey celebrated her l OOth birthday Feb. 18 with many of her friends at the Cheney Care Center. Medical Lake library showcases local educator's rtifact collection By AL STOVER "We eat the meat that's in- Staff Reporter side of the bigger shells," Munn Residents who visit the Med- said. "It's a delicacy." icalLakelibrary and stepinto the In the middle of the bottom cozy area with the fireplace will shelf there is a picture of sev- notice the wooden caabao statue eral children Standing outside at the top of a large cabinet, of a building. The building is The caribou is one of many the Shalom Science Institute, a artifacts currently on display nonprofit Christian school she that belong to local author and ' opened in 1996, a year after Medical Lake resident Eufemia her husband Dr. Merton Munn Munn. Munn, a native of the passed away. Philippines, allowed the library The institute is located in to show off some of the artifacts Munn's hometown of .Bala- she collected over the years as a bagan, a municipality in Lanao way to allow residents to learn a del Sur, a coastal town, where a little bit about the countries she majority of the population lives visited throughout her life. In below the poverty level. 2009 she displayed several arti- Munn, former principal of facts she collected from China. Blair Elementary, now Michael Inside of the top shelf there Anderson Elementary, opened are several porcelain dolls in the school as a way to bridge traditional Filipino dress. Below the gap between Muslims and the dolls are sashes made of Christians in the area. pineapple fiber, as well as coast- "I wanted to promote peace ersandjewelrymadeoutofglass and harmony," Munn said. fiber and shells. "Over there the population is On the bottom shelf are 60 percent Christians and 40 placemats from the central Phil- percent Filipino Muslims. A few ippines made out of grass fib , .,. hana , rom where the school is There are also carvings made out located there are conflicts and of wood and coconut shells, a daffy bombings. There's a lot of brass statue along with artwork mistrust between the Muslims and two large shells, and Christians." Local author Eufemia Munn wears a homeland of the Philippines. Munn artifacts at the Medical Lake library. Munn said the institute fo- cuses on basic education with an emphasis on English, math- ematics, computer, martial and applied health sciences. Over the years, it added a high school, which had its first class of gradu- ates last April. "Some of those students are now attending college," Munn said To help raise money for the institute, Munn taught in China Photo bu A1 Stover Maria Clara dress from her currently has a display of for four years and in Chile for two years. She also returned to the institute to teach reading. "I can't retire," Munn said. "Twenty-one teachers' liveli- hoods depend on the school's success. That's why I'm work- ing." After she returned from Chile, Murtn continued to raise money for the school. She es- tablished the Dr. Merton D. Munn Foundation, which ac- cepts donations to help fund the institution. She also published her memoir "Bridging the Gap," with all of the proceeds going to the institute. The book details Munn's life in Balabagan, her surviving World War II and Muslim raiders and her jour- ney to create peace where she grew up. In addition to raising money for the institute, Munn hopes she can help build a hospital in Balabagan. She will return to her hometown to meet with Mayor Edna V. Ogka-Benito. "The task right now is to find the site for the hospitaL" Munn said. "I will sit down ,with the mayor and work on the details." As for the display, Medical Lake library supervisor The- resa Stephenson said Munn's artifacts will be on display until "she decides to take them down." "She's traveled to different places, I might see if she would be interesting doing another display in the future," Stepheri- son said. AI Stover can be reached at CHURCHES Please see the Church Directory at the bottom of page 6 for service times and contact information Emmanuel Lutheran St. Paul's Episcopal Church Church The congregation A welcoming haven, of Emmanuel Lutheran nourishing all God's peo- Church invites you to pie in body, mind and worship with us this Sun- spirit. Holy communion is day. You may also watch .at 11 a.m., the Rev. Chris- our pastor's sermons at tine Soule willpreach and our website www.em- preside. or Lenten Soup and on YouTube at Emman- Study will take place uel Lutheran Church, e a c h W e d n e s d a y Cheney. Come early through Lent, conven- for Christian education ing at 6 p.m. for a soup classes for grade school and bread supper and through adult, study. The focus of our Please plan to worship meetings will be the with us during our mid- book, "Conversations week Lenten worship with Scripture: The Gos- services. They are held pel of John," by Cynthia on Wednesday evenings Briggs Kittredge. until March 25. A sim- Attention college stu- ple soup supper will be dents: Each Mgnday at served at 6 p.m. followed 5 p.m. you are invited to by worship at 6:30 p.m. join us for dinner, study and devotions. Narcotics Anonymous meets Tues: day and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Fellowship break- fast is each Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the parish hall. Come and bring a friend. 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A cup in our hands and look Wednesday evening class for kids is also carefully to see the joys Lenten studies and soup available. hidden in our sorrows." Henri Nouwen. United Methodist Church Worship this Sunday at the United Methodist Church will begin at 10 a.m. and will be led by lay speaker, Laurie Zapf. The second Sunday of Lent will be observed and Dr. Cazan & Dr. Menke, c AIRWAY HEIGHTS DENTAL CENTER Military families welcome, inviting'~>.: ::::~: :: ........ ii:/~)~%:~:~ :ill! new patients, sedation ldrovided, experienced providers and staff! ~1~'~ ~;i, P.O. BOX 1570 i::i~ : ;,~;~'~.~ 13326 West Sunset Hw :q:///~ , ~,, Airway Heights, WA 99001 509-244-3655 Fax: 509-244-9527 First I00 ~SVPs to the event will receive a FREE, Z5 gallon container of RoundUp. Random p~ze drawings will be held throughout the day. Sponsored by: syng nta