- Ada, Oklahoma


July 3, 2013

Milligan homestead, greatly improved, is back on the market

Byng —

We had a contract to sell our house at Byng, but it didn’t work out. Now my house is back on the market again.  It has a new roof and is in the process of getting a new aerobic septic system. 

My son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Loyce Milligan, came up from Hot Springs, Ark., and spent a couple of days trimming shrubbery, mowing and weed-eating. The house looks so good now that I almost wish I could move back into it myself.  Unfortunately, I realize I’m not able to take on a large house and an acreage.  I’m just praying that the right person will come along who wants to live near Byng School and to be a part of an excellent community.


Several things have happened in Byng community since I wrote my last column. Some have been good; others have been sad or painful. We were all saddened by the death of our good friend, Aren Howell. She formerly taught the Yahweh Sisters’ Sunday School class at New Bethel Church. She was a creative person who designed beautiful greeting cards and who wrote whimsical and entertaining fiction. She died following colon surgery.


Dave and Jodi Jackson cranked up their motor home last month and went on a trip to Wherever. Destination was unknown, but they planned to be gone six or seven weeks. As  they moved out from their driveway, they spontaneously decided their first visit would be to the home of their son and daughter-in-law in Clovis, N.M.  They were able to spend Father's Day with David Jr.  From there, they visited in Kansas and moved on to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore in the Dakotas They joined a tour group on a bus trip through the Badlands, and it was then that Jodi began having excruciating back pain.  As soon as they returned to their motor home, they came back to Ada less than three weeks after their departure. X-rays gave them the good news that she did not have a fractured hip, as they had feared, and she was scheduled for an MRI on Monday, July 1. At present, she is taking prescribed muscle relaxants and sleeping most of the time. Dave is also having some back problems, and as soon as Jodi is better, he, too, will seek relief. 

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