|Women also in greatest generation|
Anne Patten, executive director of our American Red Cross, gave a special birthday celebration for her aunt, Clarice Slagle Johns (85) at the Lotus Club recently. Thirty of Clarice's closest family and friends were there wearing photo name tags with the honoree featured.
Anne Patten is referred to by her friends and staff as "the General" and we understand why. What a unique occasion to replay the important events in one's life with a high noon birthday luncheon.
The fun started with June Holmes, who reviewed the Newcomb College scene in New Orleans during the 40s. Dot Haddad commented on living on Hudson Lane and raising the children together. Jean Hamilton and Carol McDonald recalled the fun days at Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas, with all the daughters. Clarice celebrated 29, yes 29 of her birthdays at Camp Waldemar. Our own Bennie Abell and LSU Homecoming Queen, Che Che Hinkle Liles, shared memories of the children skiing and growing up on Bayou DeSiard. The highly touted voices of Camille Wood and Lee Slagle Pierson sang Happy Birthday to Clarice in rare style! Gosh, we wish we could have been the proverbial "fly on the wall."
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Martha Jane Anderson retired from University of Louisiana-Monroe after 35 years of service as Assistant Dean of Students and SGA Advisor. She is married to Patrick H. Anderson Sr., has two children, and four grandchildren.