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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 • Posted May 5, 2009 10:00 PM

Gentle readers:

On April 22nd, members of the Blanco Baptist Church came to host our monthly Monthly Birthday Party at Live Oak Medical Center.

Angel Food Cake was served with strawberries and ice cream and punch. Everyone gathered in the dining room to enjoy refreshments and visit. Birthday honorees were Doris Kline and Donald Shugart, who received a gift from Blanco National Bank. Gifts and balloons were delivered by Rebecca Howerton.

On April 25th from 4 to 5pm, residents and family members enjoyed an hour of Southern Gospel Music from Fred and Pat Goff and Lee Evans. We really enjoy their music and appreciate them coming. We hope to have them back again soon.

There are some people to think about this week in particular - Florine Lord, David Key, and Jim Rodrigue. Good people, all of them.

The Courthouse Gala was wonderful, the food was great (Sullivan Street Catering), and the company was fabulous. David was missed - he and his crowd are always the life of the party!

Our condolences to Julie Dill once again. She has been having a tough year.

And the big news is: Goodness sakes’ alive, she’s 75! One of our most visible and community-minded citizens will turn 75 on May 12, 2009! You’d never know it to watch her…she has more energy than five people half her age! About whom are we speaking? If you haven’t guessed by now, it is our own Rebecca Howerton! Rebecca was born in Blanco, Texas. Her mother, Cora Beckmann, was influential in fostering Rebecca’s love of piano and service to others. Her dad, Richard Beckmann, was Rebecca’s sidekick, and he taught her to become a proficient hunter. Her dream of hunting bear and big game has not yet become a reality, but who knows what the future may bring!! Rebecca is an accomplished pianist and loves dancing and boy, can she dance! She has probably cut a rug in most, if not all, the dance halls in this area. She also has acting among her credits! Rebecca graduated from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos in Education and PE. Her specialty was in PE and Texas History and English. Her daughters still cringe to this day any time their grammar is not up to their mother’s standards. Rebecca taught school at all grade levels for over 40 years and has owned several small businesses, among them a beauty spa, hair salon, women’s clothing store, and a drive-in grocery.

In addition to raising two beautiful and talented daughters, Renee and Roxanne, Rebecca has stayed unbelievably busy at her church, Trinity Lutheran Church of Blanco, and in her community. A member of Trinity since May 12, 1934, Rebecca serves as pianist, sings in the choir, served for years on the Council and serves on the altar guild, is leader of one of the women’s groups, has served as worship assistant and lay reader, organizes the rummage sale for the Fall Fundraisers, plays piano during communion at the Live Oak Medical Center, coordinates birthday gifts for residents of the Live Oak Medical Center, served for years as president of the church women, organized many projects for Lutheran World Relief, and has taught Sunday School and worked on Vacation Bible School.

Rebecca has also been a member and chair of the Blanco Historic Commission since reviving the Commission in 1986 and was appointed co-chair to the Blanco Sesquicentennial celebration in 2008. She donated a large historical map to the Library and currently serves as an advisor for the Commission. She was also involved in obtaining a recorded Texas Historical Landmark for Blanco’s cemetery, in which at least one Civil War soldier is interred, as are several Texas Rangers. The official Historical State Emblem was purchased by Rebecca and donated to the City of Blanco.

Rebecca has also been active in The Order Of The Sons Of Hermann In The State of Texas since 2004. She has been a member since September 22, 1966, and received the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2003. Rebecca has served as president and vice-president as well as on the Cheer Committee of Lodge #138 in Twin Sisters, Texas.

Beautify Blanco was organized in 1999 in response to a request to “clean Blanco up!” Along with Retta Martin and others, Rebecca has been active in this endeavor since the group incorporated a year later as Keep Blanco Beautiful, Inc., a 501(c3) organization. Their first “Trash Off” day was in 2000 and Rebecca served as president until 2006. Rebecca requested she be a “figurehead” only, but there is proof in print that she picks up trash and works hard to be sure Blanco’s ordinances and codes are enforced.

Rebecca joined the Blanco City Council in May 1998 and is now serving her fifth consecutive term. It is a well-known fact that she is a staunch and outspoken defender for the good of Blanco as concerns its growth and appearance.

Not necessarily last, because who knows what will happen next with our Rebecca, and certainly not least, she has, until very recently, been working with the Headstart program in Stonewall. It has been overheard that “Miss Becky” would get down on the floor and crawl through tunnels with her little charges, never being bested by her three- and four-year-olds. One young man, when he saw Rebecca wearing hose with her sandals, wanted to know what had happened to her toes! She has taken the boys and girls many times to the library on the school bus in order to broaden their horizons! What a dynamo she is!!

Besides her many, many beloved friends, admirers, past pupils, and co-workers on a multitude of organizations, Rebecca is blessed with a wonderful son-in-law, Bill Wikrent, and a grandson named Richard.

Happy Birthday, Rebecca, Blanco’s own Energizer Bunny!

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