Membership Matters – November 2022

We honor members, friends, visitors


Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:
  • Robin Miller’s foster father, Gunter Brunhart died last month at 92
  • Babs Herrli asked for blessings for the family of high school friend Nancy Mathews, who died last month after a two year battle with cancer.
  • John Cuddington had melanoma surgery on his cheek recently, but was back in church October 30th.
  • Sally Du Gar has recovered from RSV proving she is still “young at heart” as this is rampant among the young currently.
  • Former UUCBer and LUUPer, Strider Bentson recently had hernia surgery and is recovering nicely.  He also has an appointment to evaluate his recent melanoma diagnosis.
  • Alyse and Andy Downs have returned after Alyse had expected surgery, and Andy’s dad died in hospice.  Andy was able to be with him at the end.
  • Fred and Barb shared that Barb’s 75 year old cousin, Myra, who lives in Houma LA, has been diagnosed with ALS.  Also Barb’s 92 year old cousin Al Benham died last month.
  • After two falls and a hospitalization last month Ginny Wight is recovering in a rehab facility in Longmont.
  • Dave Pitts is recovering from two hernia surgeries.
  • Cathy Edwards and Rebecca Carnarius lost their father Stan on Friday, October 21st.  They had celebrated his 98th birthday with him this past summer.
  • Catherine Burgess broke her wrist two weeks before Andy Burgess ended up with two broken arms, and a cracked rib in a bicycle accident.  Daughter Ali is assisting them during their recovery.  The great news is they were both in church on Sunday, November 6!  Speedy healing to both of you.
  • A. R. “Pete” Palmer, died last month after 95 and a half great years.  A renowned geologist, and always a delightful educator. (I had the pleasure of working with him for several years at The Geological Society of America here in Boulder.  As did Dianne Ewing, and Amy Self.)
  • Long time UUCB member Martha Bushnell passed away on 11/17 at the home of her daughter Helen Bushnell in Louisville, where she had been living. Martha loved the Men’s Group BBQ, and the UUCB/BVUUF Thanksgiving Dinners. Her son Orson Bushnell also lives nearby. Plans for a memorial service are incomplete at this time. The family is not ready for phone calls, but cards are welcome and may be sent to the Family of Martha Bushnell, 745 E South Boulder Rd #D-330, Louisville, CO 80027.
Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:
  • Last month Ingrid Encalada received the Polly Baca Fuertes – 2022 Latina Leadership award at a ceremony during Longmont’s Day of the Dead Celebration.
  • Babs and Gary Herrli celebrated 37 years of marriage on October 7th.  Sunday, October 9th was eldest son Graham’s 34th birthday.
  • Larry Metzroth is in Paris reconnecting to his UU Fellowship of Paris, and attending the three day European Unitarian Universalist (EUU) retreat.  When he worked in Paris he was the treasurer for the EUU.  He will return to Boulder and UUCB in December.
Random Thoughts: 
  • After last month’s Random Thoughts Karen Morgan shared this poem below with me.  Since Kendall’s death, July 8th, I have been told so many stories of families no longer connected.  I naively thought our family was unusual, guess nor – but I feel that being kind to people everyday, or saying I Love You is so important for all of us to remember!
I thought you might see the same story in the poem by Emma Bass.         
If You Knew

What if you knew you’d be the last
to touch someone?
If you were taking tickets, for example,
at the theater, tearing them,
giving back the ragged stubs,
you might take care to touch that palm,
brush your fingertips
along the life line’s crease.

When a man pulls his wheeled suitcase
too slowly through the airport, when
the car in front of me doesn’t signal,
when the clerk at the pharmacy
won’t say Thank you, I don’t remember
that they’re going to die.

A friend told me she’d been with her aunt.
They’d just had lunch and the waiter,
a young gay man with plum black eyes,
joked as he served the coffee, kissed
her aunt’s powdered cheek when they left.
Then they walked half a block and her aunt
dropped dead on the sidewalk.

Karen Morgan
With Love.Care.Hugs,