Showers through the eyes of Madisonville brides

Posted 11/21/18

Editor’s note: This is the second of two stories detailing wedding showers of Madisonville brides.

I asked local friends about their bridal showers here.

For many bridal showers here, …

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Showers through the eyes of Madisonville brides


Editor’s note: This is the second of two stories detailing wedding showers of Madisonville brides.

I asked local friends about their bridal showers here.

For many bridal showers here, honorees do not open wrapped gifts, which are displayed in rooms of the host home. Usually the bride doesn’t get to look at them all until the end of the festivities.

I’ll let locals tell in their own (edited) words. Several listed all hostesses. For space sake, I in-cluded the site of the shower but in most cases only hostesses who have gone to Glory.

•Cindy Plunkett Bailey: My shower was in June 1983, at Toni Hardy’s home. We were blessed with a huge shower. The hostess list included Virginia Hunter, Mavis Burr, Gail Barrett, Tommy Jo Manning, Dorothy Batson, Joyce McMahan, Nita Wakefield, Pat Fowler, Lilian Gunn, and Louise Knight. I still use the silver-plated and crystal Lazy Susan that the hostesses gave us. We still have and use most of the other gifts, including items from Reed’s, Gunn’s, and Monte’s Hallmark. My daughters also received wonderfully generous showers here when they married, and I love our unique showers here.

•Cathy Closs Parker: Our shower was in January 1976 at Martha Reed’s home. We received everything and more that we had selected at Stoddard’s, Gunn’s, and Reed’s, including lots of silver and crystal pieces, with the hostesses giving us a silver set. I still have many of those items, including the electric skillet and crockpot that I use often. We also got a huge amount of cash on cards, enough that I went to Evans Grocery and bought everything we needed to stock our kitchen.

•Janet Standley Andrews: My beautiful shower was held Nov. 18, 1965, 53 years ago this month. It was at Iola McClaren’s home, and there wasn’t anything I did not get. I’m a hoarder and still have most of it. The stores at which I’d made selections were Park’s Dry Goods, Stoddard’s, Crouch’s, Reed’s, Viser’s, and Ormand’s. Back then, items weren’t usually wrapped. The day of the shower, a hostess or more picked up gifts from the stores and took them to the shower site where they were displayed. Glassware and table settings were put on tables, with cards indicating who gave what. Linens and unbreakable gifts would be displayed on beds. I remember how beautiful my gifts all looked.

•Mindy Parker Crouch: Our shower was at Annette Wiseman’s house on June 24, 2016. Many influential women that meant much to me hosted it. We were registered at Reed’s, Heart to Heart, and some out-of-town places. We blessed to receive all of our china, everyday dishes, and tons of home décor and kitchen items.

•Thena Wilson Parrott: I was given a huge miscellaneous shower here 41 years ago next month, at the home of Mrs. E.M. Richardson, and there were 19 hostesses. I had registered at Reed’s, Gunn’s, and Crouch’s. I received a service for 12 of Noritake stoneware and all the serv-ing pieces, and after all this time I still have more than a service for eight. I also got 12 place settings of Oneida stainless flatware plus all the serving pieces, which I still use every day. I’ve had to replace a few pieces lost to the garbage disposal.

•Curtistene Burnett Baylor: Mary Frank Carter hosted our shower at her house. Many of the gifts came from Stoddard’s, Cleere’s, Reed’s, Crouch’s, and other stores on The Square. The gifts were wonderful and the refreshments of course were delicious. What a wonderful day.

•Paula Kelton Byrd: Mine was at Margie and Charles Crouch’s home. Back then, each store re-ceived a list of women invited and the bride picked out gifts at each store. Store employees telephoned each person on the list, and the usual answer was “Put me down for something for $10 (or a sum) and charge it”. By shower time, usually everything that was picked out was paid for. Folks in Madisonville have always been very generous and I don’t think other towns usually did so much for brides.

•Becky Baylor Siemens: My shower was at Sandy Watson’s home on Viser Lake. I was regis-tered at Reed’s, Foley’s and Target. Many friends of my mother, Curtistene Baylor helped out. I remember my granny and grandma were both able to be there. I live in Canada now, and bridal showers are different here, where the brides open wrapped gifts. 1

•Lila Ward Robertson. Monte Morgan’s home was the site of my shower in September of 1982. Among the hostesses were Thelma Risinger, Gayle Barrett, Mary Reed, Ann Cannon, and Louise Knight. I was registered at Reed’s, Crouch’s, and Monte’s Hallmark, and we received most of our pottery, china, cookware, flatware, linens, as well as many other beautiful things.

•Helen Brown Cole: Arnold and I will have been married 62 years next April 5. Our shower was at Nellie Boozers, because she and Mother were good friends. We received many generous gifts. I still have a milk glass pitcher and glasses I received and a Fostoria sandwich tray and tea pitcher, plus silverware from Stoddard’s.

•Ann Standley Poe: My shower was in 1994 at LaMerle Sharp’s home. We received lots of sil-ver, crystal, dishware, and much more. Grace Standley, my grandmother, had quilts made for all of us grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she gave them to us at our bridal showers. I received mine that day and am still very proud of it.

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