Leta Grace Deveraux celebrates a remarkable 105 years this Friday, March 29th. This is Leta’s story, written by her daughter Patty.
Mother’s good health combined with sound mental acuity and an active sense of humor (which my husband Frank engages with his teasing every day) has allowed her to live another comfortable year in our home. While she requires much more physical aid, she still walks short distances with a walker and our support. Frank is earning the world’s best son-in-law award: his physical help certainly, but most importantly, his empathy, his good-natured teasing, silly comments and engaging stories keep Mother smiling and laughing, even though she may not hear or understand all his words. Without Frank and our daughter Heather’s support, we could not keep Mother at home. We are also grateful for the loving, caring ladies who to come to provide much needed aid and respite time. Our daughter Shannon, my brother and Mother’s son Jay Deveraux & his wife Cynthia plus other family members make special efforts to come see her as often as possible, which we appreciate.
Watch the TODAY Show this Friday the 29th. We hope Willard Scott will, once again, send Birthday Wishes to Mother. I have also enrolled her in a Centenarian Project. Mother loves cards, telephone calls (difficult for her to hear or be heard, so I always have to be on an extension to repeat and prod). She never fails to remember family and old friends. Her face lights up when our dogs and visiting ones stop at her chair for a pat or sit in her lap. She enjoys short drives in the car for wildlife watching and visiting friends. A very gentle person, Leta has arrived at this time of her life with a great deal of grace and dignity, a lifetime of memories and friends. Each night she wants her bed raised so my Daddy’s photo, her late husband’s, is the last thing she sees and thinks about before going to sleep.
-Patty Deveraux Ewing
For the latest updates on the Snake River Canyon and the newest rapid “Double D” named after the spring landslide Double Draw. Check out the Snake River Fund website. Links to all the agencies involved are on the homepage. This is a great resource! As of now, our 2011 summer season still begins next weekend, Saturday May 28.
Leta Deveraux, Patty Ewing’s mother and Heather Ewing’s grandmother, turned 103 last Tuesday, March 29, and she is as spunky as ever! For such momentous occassions such as 100+ birthdays and big anniversaries, Willard Scott from the TODAY Show congratulates and often times sings Happy Birthday or the appropriate celebratory song to that special someone! So… Leta Deveraux, Happy Birthday (belated)!!! If you’d like to ask TODAY Show’s Willard Scott to wish someone 100+, check out http://www.ehow.com/how_4706301_scott-announce-someones-th-birthday.html.
Jackson Hole Daily photographer Brent McWhirter captured this photo last week in the Snake River Canyon. JH Daily’s caption: A mountain goat nanny keeps a watchful eye on her kid in Snake River Canyon. Mountain goats — which are not true goats but are actually more closely related to antelope and gazelles — make regular appearances in the Alpine area this time of year. For more unique Jackson Hole photos, check out the Photo Gallery on JH News & Guide’s website. www.jhnewsandguide.com/gallery
Kevin, Tommy and Kerry – thanks for letting us share your stories!
“It was beyond all my dreams. Everything was perfect– all the guides were cool, so Tommy loved them.” – Kevin K.
From Kevin’s assistant: “For a guy who had to return to a very busy office after such an amazing trip, he is still on ‘cloud 9′ and excited to share a little of his trip with anyone who asks. He had a HUGE grin on his face while he was telling me about it.” -Kerry
Thanks Mark Capwell for sharing this photo your grandfather took circa 1958! You’ll see the Sporting Goods Western Wear in the center – located where Barker-Ewing River Trips reservations office is now. The Wort is to the left, and Baggit to the right. So much has changed… and it’s only been 53 years!
The last official Barker-Ewing River Trips sighting of the First Family was in August 1996 when I had the honor of taking the Clinton family down the Snake River on a float. In total, there were 11 boats in the floatilla. For a while, I was pretty sure they had the wrong guide in mind when I was pulled aside and counseled on what to do if we were shot at… yikes, I thought! Isn’t that what the two “counter assault” rafts are for?
All in all, it turned into a beautiful afternoon with wonderful conversation in my boat and a huge education for me looking at the bigger picture. Mostly, it was a great honor that I was chosen to share what I consider to be one of the most special places on earth with Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton!
I hope there will be another summer visit by the Clintons to Jackson Hole – and that they might consider joining me on another float trip along the now “Wild & Scenic” Snake River.
- Heather Ewing