Happy, happy birthday to Margaret Goodson, who celebrated her 85th birthday on June 30. The festivities began a day early with a birthday luncheon with daughter Kathy Bowers at Seasons 52 and continued with a family gathering which included a delicious dinner from Fajita Pete’s on Margaret’s special day. Margaret was joined in the celebration by her husband Earl, daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Ricky Bowers, and grandson, Ruhl, as well as her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Dana and Emmanuel Gallegos and her great grandchildren, Esmé, Lennon, and Luka. Many of the family members are Waltrip High School alumni and Oak Forest residents.
Margaret retired from her job as a travel agent last year after 20-plus years in the industry. She enjoys bridge club, traveling and gardening. Margaret and Earl enjoyed a week-long cruise along the Columbia and Snake Rivers in Washington and Oregon in May prior to celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary on June 10. Earl, who turns 87 on July 28, will keep the celebrations going through July. Earl is a master gardener who likes to spend his days making his yard beautiful. Their son, Steve Goodson (of San Marcos), and granddaughter, Alaine (of Austin), both former Timbergrove residents and graduates of Waltrip and Lutheran High North, respectively, will be joining in the ongoing festivities this month.
Margaret and Earl were Shepherd Forest residents for 35 years. They moved to Georgetown Colony in 1992 and, during Hurricane Harvey, their home took on 3 feet of water. They were displaced for six months while repairs were made and, despite losing most of their material possessions, they were grateful to be able to come back to their newly renovated home in February of last year. Both remain active in their church and community and look forward to celebrating for many years to come!
The Oak Forest Homeowners Association’s inaugural Fourth of July parade in T.C. Jester Park was a booming success! With the help of outstanding community partners Rob Ryan Custom Builders, Super Cuts Oak Forest, Rhonda Power of Boulevard Realty, David Piccarilli and the Houston Astros, iCycle Bike Shop, The Pure Parenting Shop, Voltage Youth Recreation Center, Silberman Law Firm, PLLC, GeekLife, SweetFrog Oak Forest, Frost Bank, Sam’s Soccer Jam, CycleBar-Houston Heights, Elizabeth Villarreal of RE/MAX Metro, and Chick-fil-A at Loop 610 and Shepherd Drive, OFHA’s Director of Community Relations Sara Heald made sure all the bases were covered and then some! Waltrip’s Ram Band set the tone with patriotic music, Chick-fil-A’s cow made a mooooo-ch anticipated appearance, and bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers were decorated to the nines and ready to roll. Starbucks coffee, Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits, a photo booth, two amazing facepainters and a gorgeous red, white and blue balloon arch just dialed up the fun. More than 60 area families participated and an excellent time was had by all.