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Quilting group produces surprise Sr. Center's oldest vet


June 30, 2021

SEAMSTRESSES Jennifer Behrens, left, and Murya Scherer present a quilt to veteran George Hughes. Flanking Hughes are his daughter Valerie Goff, left, and granddaughter Sam Goff. In the rear, from left, are Joyce Crebs, Bill Crebs and Pam Barbee.

George Hughes had no idea what was coming when he rolled up to a strange house on Tuesday, June 16, with his daughter, Valerie Goff, and granddaughter Samantha.

Inside, the living room was packed with a crowd of senior women, who sat Hughes down on the couch and told him they had something special for him.

Murya Scherer and Jennifer Behrens unpacked a box, which contained a brightly colored blue, white and red quilt.

"What did I do to deserve this?" asked Hughes, 92, as Scherer and Behrens spread it across his lap.

The queen-sized quilt is made of a wide variety of red, white and blue s...

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