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Five generations strong

August 8, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Carter-Thomas family has made family reunions a priority every two years for almost 40 years. Dorothy Harris, West Point resident, hosted this year’s gathering during the July 4 weekend at her home. It was the second time the event was held in West Point.
“We love getting our family together,” Harris said. “We have our reunion every two years with a different family hosting each time. This time I had everyone at my home and was so very happy to have five generations represented. That doesn’t happen every day.”
The Carter-Thomas family often hold reunions aboard cruise ships during November and at family homes in the summer, according to Harris. This is only the second time in 38 years the reunion has been in West Point, and Harris said she was so happy to have her 85-year-old mother, Edith Smith, fly in from Waukegan, Ill.
“We weren’t sure if mother was going to be able to make it this year,” Harris said. “Everyone was so thrilled to have her here. The flight left her very tired, but she was ready to enjoy seeing everyone.”
Harris said the family was originally from Maben but has scattered all over the U.S.. More than 50 family members gathered at Harris’ home to reconnect with loved ones they only see during the reunions, she said.

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