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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Fund-raiser in honor of WWII veteran

  • A patriotic quilt on display at the Hickory Stick Quilt & Gift Shop at 326 N. Main St. in Hannibal, Mo., will be won in a raffle drawing in 2013.
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  • A patriotic quilt on display at the Hickory Stick Quilt & Gift Shop at 326 N. Main St. in Hannibal, Mo., will be won in a raffle drawing in 2013.
    The proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will be donated for Great River Honor Flights, in memory of U.S. Navy veteran Edward Martin Bailey, who died Sept. 29, 2012, at age 90. Bailey’s Navy duty included World War II and the Korean Conflict, and he served until 1952.
    Raffle tickets are available at the Hickory Stick at $1 or six for $5. The drawing will be on Memorial Day weekend.
    Hickory Stick owner Pat Waelder explained that Bailey had gone on an Honor Flight in 2010. “He was so proud to be able to go on the Honor Flight,” she said. He was accompanied by his granddaughter, Andrea Scott.
    “Ed always brought us candy at the store at Christmas time, and he talked so much about having gone on that trip. It meant so much to him,” Waelder said.
    When planning this year’s fund-raiser for charity, Waelder said, “I wanted to do it in Ed’s memory. His family approved of us doing this in his memory for the Great River Honor Flight.”
    Bailey’s sister, Annie Bailey, “has been with me (at Hickory Stick) 34 years, doing bookkeeping,” Waelder said.
    The queen-sized quilt top was made by Ruth Duff. “She does a lot of my stitchery, and she likes to do patriotic quilts,” Waelder said. “It was a pattern she liked.”
    Duff is “94 years young,” Waelder continued. “She does a lot of embroidery for me.”
    Duff formerly lived in Eolia, Mo., and is now a resident of Sugar Creek Assisted Living in Troy, Mo.
    The quilting was done by Judy Logsdon.
    Waelder hopes to sell a lot of raffle tickets for the quilt to raise funds for Honor Flights. “I’m a firm believer in the Great River Honor Flight,” she said. “I think it’s a wonderful way to honor the veterans for all that they did for our country.”

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