Clara Colvin:  

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Lawrence, KS
Kansas city, MO

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After graduation I attended Draughton's College of Commerce in Kansas City, MO, for two years. That is where I met my husband, Don Colvin. After we married in 1967, he attended Missouri Southern College (the year it first opened--if you can believe $7.00 per credit hour!). He only attended one year or so before Uncle Sam came knocking at our door. He didn't want to be drafted so he enlisted in the first division of the military he could get into before his draft date. He joined the U.S. Army for three years and headed out for Ft Leonardwood for basic training. I worked in Joplin Missouri for Dial Finance and then for Missouri Steel. After Don's basic training he went to Ft Knox, KY, for AIT. He trained as a company clerk. I worked at the "Dairy Chef" for a whole 90 cents/hour. We didn't live there for long. Don decided he wanted to become a Warrent Officer, took the test and made the highest score ever made, He was offered a special assignment with Deputy Chief JUSMAG in Bangkok, Thailand. Don decided to accept that offer but because it was a special assignment, he had to enlist for an additional year. After 5 months in Thailand I was allowed to join him there. I worked for 3-M Thailand for the 17 months I was there. I was one of three Americans, one German, one Austrailian, and 92 Thai people. I must say it was very interesting. You didn't only have to do your work, you had to try to interpret what the Thai salesmen were trying to say. Even though they had all studied in either Germany, England, or the United States, they still wrote "backward". It was quite a challenge. When we moved back to the States, we lived in Seaside, California and Don was stationed at Ft Ord, CA. I had a very interesting temporary job while there. I filled in for the secretary of a very affliuent attorney in Monterey, CA.; she was in the Army Reservees and her two-week tour of duty during the summer was as the Aide de Camp for President Nixon. I then worked at the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey for the Mathematic Department. I typed tests, papers, and even course books for some of the professors. I also typed thesis for Engineering Students. In January of 1972 Don left the service and we moved to Topeka, KS where Don graduated from Washburn University with a degree in business and a minor in Computer Education. He now owns his own Computer Consulting Company and we live in Olathe, KS. I retired a year ago this June 3rd from the Blue Valley School District where I worked for 22 years. I was Registrar for Blue Valley North High School, "The Home of the Mustangs". I love retirement!!! I have worked ever since I was 17 years old and I was ready to retire. However the last six months has been rather trying. I had surgery on my right foot on January 26, 2009 and I am still in a cast. I am supposed to be getting a bone stimulator soon. I sure hope it works! I have been working on scrapbooks, getting a bridal shower organized, and teaching myself to embroidery again. It has been years since I last did it and I was quite good at it, but not so good right now. Don and I have two children. Amy Dawn (Colvin) Price was born in Topeka on October 28, 1974. She graduated from Olathe South High School and is now married and has a 16 year old (almost 17) step-son. So she is having lots of fun! Matthew Grady Colvin was born in Shawnee Mission on October 11, 1979. He also graduated from Olathe South High School. He had since attended Longview Community College where he was studying Auto Mechanics. Then he attended DeVry University and studied telecommunications for a year and a half. Lastly he attended UMKC studying environmental biology. He has 61 credit hours of college but is still far away from a degree in anything. He is planning to move to downtown Kansas Ci...Expand for more
ty and get a job and attend Penn Valley to finish up some kind of Associate Degree. It's on his nickle this time so maybe he will be successful. He is quite a genius but gets frustrated with the pace of the classes. I have overcome my shyness from high school and have had a reunion of our Class of '65 Office Education Class, then I had an holiday open house the last two years. I love getting friends together. This is the most of my story. Once I get my foot back, I plan on taking some classes at Johnson County Community College. I am interested in photography and in knowing what to do with my pictures after I get them on the camera and off on the computer. Please contact me if you are in the Olathe area, we live right off K-7. We built a new house a year and a half ago. We like it very well but we built it so I wouldn't have to go downstairs but now that's where I do most of my scrapbooking. I look forward to hearing from some of you. Added 12-25-2009; The year is almost over, I can't believe it is going to be 2010! It doesn't seem possible! We had a very quiet Christmas Day. We are waiting for Don's younger brother, Scott, to be able to get up here from Joplin, MO. He is a Phlebotimist at a hospital and had to work 6:30 to 6:30 today. He is going to try driving up tomorrow. So we will have Christmas tomorrow. We don't have any little ones who are waiting for Santa so it really doesn't make any difference when we celebrate. Don drove over to North KC to pick up Matthew and his dog, Shelby. He thought Shelby and Oakley would get in a big fight but they have been on their best behavior. It is snowing here again. I don't know how much more we are supposed to get and I have just about miss most of the news. That's what I am going to do now. See if I can get in on the last of it. EVERYONE HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND A VERY BLESSED NEW YEAR! Clara Added May 9, 2011 -- Lots of changes around the Colviin house. First of all Amy got a divorce and moved back home (that's what happens when you have extra bedrooms). She has lived with us for a year and a half or more and her new boyfriend moved in about six-nine months ago. They are now living in a house just four doors down from ours; however, I don't know how long they can keep up the high payments. Me thinks they bit off more than they can chew! Now Matthew moved downtown Kansas City into a nice appartment, then he got a job for a company in North Kansas City and he decided he wanted to buy a house and take advantage of the stimulous money. His house is very nice and he has the most wonderful neighbors. They are ALL 60 plus years old, the people next door to him are in their 80's and still mow their own grass. Matthew has offered to mow it for them for free, but she says she wouldn't get any excercise if he mowed it. However, he does shovel their driveway and she allways brings him over a plate of hot cookies. Matthew shovels all of the sidewalk up and down the street. Don has reached retirement age, but is still working. His clients are too good to him to quit. The girls at one client bake him cookies when he comes in. He is also doing a little bit of contract work for one company. When they want someone with the expertise to get something done, they call Don. He was in Atlanta, GA last weekend and is going back Friday because he has to get a security clearance. He had the next to the highest clearence in the Army so I don't see any problem here. That's the latest -- my health has been the pits for the last two years and I am having yet another surgery on this Friday. I hope that will be the end of my health issues. We are going to Las Vegas again the end of July and I plan to be able to go shopping and take in a show. I would love to hear from you. Clara (Owens) Colvin
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Brubaker School
Husband, Don, and I when dating
Touring Around Hong Kong Island
Presenting Amy Dawn Colvin
Presenting Matthew Grady Colvin
Amy and Matthew with their Dad
Clara Colvin & Sandy Colvin, Sister-in-laws
Don and Clara Colvin
My family 002
OOur son, Matthew and his "Wonder Dog" Oakley
Oakley, watching for the spooks and goblins
Clara (Owens) Colvin
Clara Owens 65
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