In And Around Hannibal: April 28, 2012

by Rita Hooper

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday – no hurry, please don’t call the EMT’s or the coast guard – I’m just trying to get your attention.

Mayday when spelled as one word is a universal distress signal used primarily by seamen and aviators. It is said three times so it can’t easily be confused with something else in a noisy situation. This Tuesday is another May Day. We’ll call this May Day #2.

The earliest May Days were held before Christianity and are related to Celtic and Germanic festivals as well as the Roman festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.

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Cortland survives late rally by Fulton boys lacrosse

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys varsity lacrosse team trailed Cortland by three goals going into the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game.

Despite trailing most of the game, Fulton rallied to cut Cortland’s lead down to one. Time ran out on the Raiders, however, as Cortland escaped with an 8-7 win.

Cortland jumped out to a quick lead. By the end of the first quarter, it had a 4-1 lead over Fulton.

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Thelma DeForest, worked at Birdseye

Thelma DeForest, 82, of Fulton, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Victory, she had lived in the Fulton and Hannibal areas since 1954. She had worked Birdseye Foods and Oswego Growers and Shippers.

She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, William DeForest, and daughter, Shirley Hobby.

She is survived by her children, William of Hannibal, Richard of Fulton, and Patricia Irland of Fulton; two grandchildren,  Jessica and Justen; and one great-grandson, Lane.

Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Hannibal Center Cemetery.

Rita Scott, LPN at Oswego Hospital

Rita A. Scott, 91, of Oswego, died Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Scott was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Gaetano and Mary Louise (Gentile) DePasquale. Mrs. Scott was a former employee of Breneman Hartshorn and she worked as an LPN at Oswego Hospital.

Mrs. Scott was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, where she sang in the choir from 1949 until 2003 when she began singing in St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Churches Resurrection Choir.

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Carl Andrews, amateur radio operator

Carl Loyal Andrews, 88, died March 21, 2012.

He was born Jan. 17, 1924 to Carl and Golda Andrews in Ashtabula, Ohio. He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1941.

He served in World War II and in Korea and received his BA degree in 1960 from Kent State University in Ohio, taught history and social studies in New York State and Maine and moved from Fulton to spend the last 26 years of his life in Dewey, Ariz. at the Orchard Ranch RV Resort.

He was an amateur radio operator (W8UQC) and an avid photographer, documenting a memorable bicycle trip through Europe as well as his tour of duty in Korea.

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Shirley Morrell, retired from Sealright

Shirley Morrell, 75, of North Richland Hills, Texas, died Friday, April 20, 2012 at a local hospital.

She was born Jan. 5, 1937 in Fulton to Winfield and Loretta Kyle in Fulton. She retired in 2000 from Sealright. She and her husband, Stan, moved to North Richland Hills seven years ago to be closer to their son and granddaughter.

She was a fun-loving person who loved traveling and cooking for her family.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Stan Morrell; son, Michael Morrell of Colleyville, Texas; siblings, Duane and Phil Kyle, and Betty Morrell, all of Sterling Valley; granddaughter, Morgan Morrell of Colleyville; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park at a later date.

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