Marionites and former Marion residents attending the 64th annual Marion County Florida Reunion numbered 103 Saturday, February 16. They met at Duff's Original Buffet in Bradenton where a short program began at 10:15 am. The invocation was given by John Steward followed by lunch conversation and monetary door prizes.
The program, conducted by Mistress of Ceremony Mary Gruber, included a tribute to Marion's very own Mary Ellen Withrow, the former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under the Clinton Administration. A $2 bill signed by Mary Ellen was won by Darlene Goad.
A drawing was held for a stepping stone that was made by John Steward--this year LeRoy Waddell was the lucky winner.
Marionites in attendance included: Barbara and Craig Anderson, Marilyn Jo Bell, Bob Bernow, Ray and Mary Bloomfield, Jim and Mary Boblenz ,Ray and Mary Bloomfield, Jean Bollinger, Cheryl Breece, Brenda Bunker, Charlie Campbell, Lynette Carlson, Denise and Frank Castanien, Larry and Marilyn Clinger, Marlene Coder, Nancy Jo Dasher, Bev and Frank D'Eramo, Betty and Maury Fox, Kay and Steve Fox, Pat Freeman, Dave and Nancy Gallimore,Larry Gamble, Dick and Norma Gnatt, Ethel Mae Gimmel, Darlene Goad, Art and Mary Gruber, Don and Peggy Hall, Jack Howser, Jewel and Tom Indoe, Betty Kearns, Judy Keif, Jack and Bea Kellogg, Larry and Pat Kelley, Esther and Roger Kingsley, Mary Ann and Ray Klingel, Larry and Clarissa Kramer, Bobbi Laakkonen, Jim and Betty Layton, Larry and Dixie Leathem, Art and Marge Leffler, Don and Linda Masters, John McDaniel, Jim and Pat McManus, Larry and Norma Osborn, Jr. and Sis Osborn, Patty Owens, Paul and Paddy Pezley, Jim and Pam Potter, Jerry and Kris Persinger, Linda and Tom Rizzo, Mary Ann and Bob Rothfuss, Jo and Larry Sager, Whitney Sale , Dean and Ruth Shelton, Bill and Phyllis Smith, Craig and Sharon Snyder, Bill and Sandra Spires, Joan and John Steward, Harold Tanner, Bill and Judy Thatcher, Dan Truex, Janice Truex, Roger and Jan Vanover, Ray Weston, Carol and John White, Mary Ellen and Norm Withrow,
The committee: Charlie Campbell, Mary Gruber and Whitney Sale would like to thank all the Marion area merchants that have contributed to the reunion over the past years. The committee is also hoping that someone will step forward and take over the administrative details for next year.