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After eight decades, Coulter family still close – and competitive


September 26, 2018

COULTER FAMILY members, from left, Wilma Coulter, Molly Mosby, Gayle Barnes and Donna Shortreed, play their weekly game of cards, a tradition they've maintained for some 40 years.

Donna Shortreed pulls out a spiral-bound cookbook from her kitchen.

"Would you like to see what we looked like when Mama and Pop were alive?" she asks.

On the cover is a black and white photo of her parents and siblings, and its pages are filled with recipes from the family, a gift by Shortreed's niece.

"There's Frank Coulter, Hilda, and then Mina, Norma, Wanda, Jack, Dot, Donna, Molly, Bonnie, and Eula, Larry, Marian and Gayle," she says, pointing out each one.

Shortreed, 92, returns to the table with her sisters Gayle Barnes, 81, and Molly Mosby, 90, and sister-in-law Wilma Coulter, and...

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