Ada Cooley and Florine Lord don’t quite remember how they became Room Mothers of the Blanco High School Class of 1959, whether they were voted in, appointed or volunteered. However, the class knows one thing for sure, “We wanted them.” one says, and the rest agree.
The class now celebrates together every year. This year marks their 55th reunion, celebrated Saturday, April 12 in the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church in Blanco. The class believes they are the oldest class to still be able to celebrate with both of their Room Mothers, and they feel quite lucky to do so.
While the class and Room Mothers have many fond memories, one seemed to stand out. The class of ‘59 was the first to be denied a school sponsored senior trip. “The class before us was terrible! They ruined it for us!” they claimed. The class decided to take their own trip to Galveston, so Ada and Florine made it happen. Florine said she even went with the kids during any late night antics, “I had to back them up in case they got in trouble!” she said with a laugh.
Florine didn’t have a child in the class while Ada did, but they both became “parents” to all the kids in ‘59. “They were a good group of kids.” said Ada. The class of 1959 and their Room Mothers are a perfect example of the strong ties we form with the families we chose to make.