Mary Ritter Bast

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Mary Ritter
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Yes! Attending Reunion
Class Year: 1956
Residing In: Gainesville, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: First Husband, Dave Schwab; ex-second husband Dick Monaghan.
Homepage: www.marybast.com
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Occupation: Artist, Author, Editor of Bacopa Literary Review, Enneagram Coach/Mentor
Children: Katja Amyx (b. 1965)
Dylan Schwab (b. 1968)
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What have I been up to since 1956? Wow, a summary of 'twos': two marriages, two children, two divorces, two breasts lost to cancer (caught early, no spread to lymph nodes, no need for chemo). I moved to Gainesville, FL, in 2000 to care for my mother, who died April 15, 2017 at age 104. Published seven nonfiction books and four poetry books. Enneagram coach & mentor, several blogs including one for writers on how to deepen character development by learning personality types. Editor-in-Chief of Bacopa Literary Review since Jan. 1, 2016. Artist for the past decade -- current series of collages celebrating artists who've been under-recognized (women, poor/unconnected and/or people of color) in white-male-dominated art world (https://marybast.com/section/467773-TRIBUTES.html).

School Story:

Staff member Raymond Flowers, who also taught the shorthand class, wrote his message in my year book in shorthand.

Also that Walt Ligon gave me the nickname "Critter Ritter."

I dreamed of having a shape like Marilyn Monroe, so relied on a pair of falsies... until one day when we were going to line up for chest x-rays and I was afraid they'd be discovered, so I hid them in the girl's bathroom. Somebody found them, because when I came back some guys were in the hall playing catch with those falsies!

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Dear Lois, I remember your amazing ability to memorize, possibly "photographic memory"? You and I have had some similar life experiences, though I took my PhD in a more applied direction. Both of us cared for long-living mothers -- I moved to Florida in 2000 to help with mine, who moved in with me in 2001 and lived to be 104. I'm curious about your Shakespeare biography, which now sits in my Amazon.com cart, along with "Othello," which interests me even more for its discussion of race and gender issues. Mary (Ritter) Bast

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I don't know if anyone remembers my mother, Ruth Ritter. She survived my father by 35 years and I took care of her for the past 16 years. My brother and I held a 100th birthday part for her, attended by almost all of our extended family, and still Mom lived on--in mostly good health, though increasingly frail and almost blind--for another 4-1/2 years, passing away on April 15, 2017 at age 104. Her obituary is here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gainesville/obituary.aspx?pid=185369312

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Mary - have a wonderful birthday and many more.

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Aug 15, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Walt was a good friend in high school, always ready with a joke. Then I saw him again at the PAHS reunion in 2000 and we had a long talk, catching up on more than forty years of living. I'm shocked and sad to know he's gone and that this happened in November 2014. Sending belated blessings to his family.

There's a wonderful photo gallery of Walt's life at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?pid=173070126.

 

Aug 15, 2015 at 10:29 AM

I just found out that Walt Ligon died in November 2014, and have posted a photo of Walt, me, and Ron Davidson at the 2000 PAHS reunion in Washington, D.C. Farewell and blessings, Walt.

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Hello Mary...Happy Birthday!

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