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IDKDY Ladies Club -- Hurst, TX
A Virtual Cemetery created by: Bob Bardo
Description: The IDKDY neighborhood ladies' club started in the Ridgecrest-Willow-Pine Street area of Hurst, Texas. All the neighborhood ladies would get together once a month for coffee and dessert and talk about their kids, their lives, and general issues of the day.Members:Lore Bardo, Gerry Biggs (died), Barbara Brandon (died), Dolores Christoff Parrish, Gladys (Glad) Dugdale (died), Helen Fuchs (died), Evelyn Hatcher, Nita Henderson (died), Evelyn Hill (died), Dessa King, Dorothy Lee (died in Gatesville), June Lewis, Leslie Parks Douglas, Mary Pipkin (died), Wilma Riley, Betty Ringo (died), Marge Tillery (died), Opal Turner (died), Peggy Wilson (died in Oklahoma), Louise Wright (died).Old times, old friends Northeast TarrantPosted on Sun, Dec. 05, 2004by Terry Lee Goodrich, Star-Telegram Staff WriterTwelve of 20 women who met and became friends in Hurst gather at the Gaylord Texan to celebrate 50 years, more or less, of sharing joys and struggles as part of the IDKDY Club.HURST - As homemakers in Hurst in the 1950s and 1960s, the women gathered nearly every morning to drink coffee, swap recipes and share anecdotes about their husbands and children. They didn't worry about hiring nannies; they turned to one another to baby-sit. And if they were short a couple of eggs when whipping up a cake, they walked next door or down the street instead of racing to the grocery store. The group grew from three to 20 as more houses were built near Pine Street and Ridgecrest Drive. And when some women moved to other cities, they came back for monthly reunions to keep up with each others' joys and sorrows. Last week -- nearly half a century after the first get-together -- 12 of the women gathered amid holiday lights and sounds at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center on Lake Grapevine. There, they ate lunch and celebrated their times of laughing, confiding and commiserating. "We're a bunch of chitty-chatty ladies, that's for sure," said Betty Ringo, 75, a retired nurse who still lives in Hurst. The women celebrated their 50th anniversary two years early because some of them are in poor health, they said. But their appetites are hearty, so after sightseeing and eating lunch at Gaylord, they headed to Ringo's house for pound cake with lemon sauce -- and, of course, coffee. "It's a very special group," said Marge Tillery, 67, of Hurst. "I'm the baby. But now we have a multitude of kids and grandkids. "Make that 48 children, 57 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. The group called itself the IDKDY Club, suggested by Coretta Gladys "Glad" Dugdale, 86, of Hurst."It means, 'I don't know, do you?' -- just a catchy phrase," said Dugdale, a retired administrative assistant.Topics of conversation have changed since the early days, said Tillery, a retired legal secretary. "Then, we talked about raising kids, what you might be doing to the house, anything else that might come up," she said. "Except religion and politics. You stayed away from those. "These days, we talk about our ailments," she said with a laugh.On a happier note, they brag on their grandchildren. And each time they meet, they trot out the memories. Peggy Wilson, who lives in Madill, Okla., recalls when she moved into the Hurst neighborhood from California. "I'd been there only two or three days, and I hadn't met anybody," said Wilson, 72, a retired medical assistant. She was in her yard, weeding, and glimpsed a few women on a porch across the street. They waved but seemed engrossed in each other's company, so Wilson went into her house. "I thought, 'Oh, no. It's going to be one of those neighborhoods with a little clique,'" she said. "And then I heard a knocking on my door ... "The women grin about the time some of their children decided to dig tunnels to connect their houses. The adults nixed the effort when they discovered the shovels and loose dirt. The women chuckle, too, about Ringo's cowbell. She rang it vigorously to summon her children to supper -- and to send their pals on their way. "You could yell; they wouldn't pay attention," Ringo said. "But they were threatened with their lives if they didn't go home when the cowbell rang. "The other women refer to Dugdale, the group's senior member, as "The Queen." "We never had a fight or misunderstanding, because they do as I say," said "The Queen," straight-faced. The seven who still live in Hurst help each other with daily needs. Some of the women are widows -- but they still have "honey-do" lists, and the women with husbands recruit their men to help. When a group member is sick, the others say prayers and provide food for the person's family. These days, some of the women no longer drive; some use walkers or wheelchairs. Wrinkles have crept into faces. Four women have died; one has been diagnosed as being in the early stages of Alzheimer's. "We get closer as we get older and doddery," Dugdale said. When they tell each other "Keep in touch," they mean it, Wilson said. She travels farthest for the gatherings -- three hours from her Oklahoma home. "It's something to be able to come back and have all these sisters," Wilson said. "It's like I was never away." Terry Lee Goodrich, (817) 685-3812 tgoodrich@star-telegram.com
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Biggs, Geraldine M. "Gerry" 116267370
b. Oct. 17, 1923 d. Feb. 24, 1995
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Colleyville
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Brandon, Barbara Rita 106819231
b. Feb. 14, 1925 d. Jul. 25, 2007
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Colleyville
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Dugdale, Caretta G. "Glad" 106870099
b. Jan. 9, 1918 d. Jan. 20, 2005
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Colleyville
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Henderson, Ruby Juanita "Nita" Gay 86313511
b. Oct. 5, 1919 d. Jun. 12, 2004
Bluebonnet Hills Memorial...
Colleyville
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Lee, Dorothy E. Whigham 29991043
b. Jan. 31, 1922 d. Sep. 21, 2008
Restland Cemetery
Gatesville
Coryell County
Texas, USA
Ringo, Betty Opal Sadler 57703912
b. Jul. 1, 1929 d. Aug. 22, 2010
Bluebonnet Hills Memorial...
Colleyville
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Tillery, Margaret "Marge" Freeman 115864730
b. Feb. 3, 1937 d. Aug. 19, 2013
Moore Memorial Gardens Ce...
Arlington
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Turner, Opal Edna Shields-Gay 7356662
b. Feb. 15, 1902 d. Nov. 22, 1992
Tidwell Cemetery
Tidwell
Hunt County
Texas, USA
Wilson, Peggy Joyce Derrick 35091754
b. Sep. 12, 1932 d. Mar. 21, 2009
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Madill
Marshall County
Oklahoma, USA
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