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Duxbury Fire Department Seeks Volunteers

Duxbury News
Glen Williamson
duxburynews@subira.us

I know, it’s been while since I’ve written this column.  I’ve been doing my best adjusting to my new world without Toni.  It feels like I’ve been reborn.  Everything looks, smells and feels different. 

Yes, I’ve had deaths in my family.  Both my mother and father are gone, and I grieve and missed them.  But there is nothing like losing someone that had  been a friend to me since age 12; someone that I’ve grown up with for 48 years.   It hurts like hell, and some days, I’m just immobilized with grief and anguish.  Some days, she just pops into my mind, and I just start to sob. 

To distract me, I find myself on Facebook a lot more than I’ve had; my friends either call text or email me.  One friend has been a constant companion, staying with me often to make sure that I don’t go into an abyss.   Overall though, mentally and physically, I think I’m faring well.

Enough about me.  This great “metropolis” officially named Wilma Township, better known as Duxbury is doing well.  The township has just sworn in Stefanie Rahn, as their new Deputy Clerk.  She’ll take the duty of Paul Raymond, Township Clerk, if he’s unavailable for whatever reason.

Old School Arts Center (OSAC), just had a Presidential Stew Dinner at the Sandstone Golf Course.  It was well attended by many residents, including Reese Frederickson, County Attorney along with his family.  Lots of pies were auctions off.

According to Paul Raymond, Zion Markville last Sunday, had a beautiful transfiguration with three baptisms.  According to Raymond, Nia, Zadie and Ember, the children of Chantelle Emmons and Ryan Nieman were baptized.  Afterwards, the family treated the church attendees to dinner at Fishbowl in Danbury.

To prepare for the Primary Presidential Election, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 10 am to 8 pm, Wilma Township will be testing the voting machine, Sunday, March 1 at 3pm.  Because of Minnesota state law, this testing is open to the public.

Also, just a reminder to vote Tuesday, March 10, Wilma Township will have an election for one Supervisor and Clerk.  Voting will be from 10 am to 8 pm.  This will be followed by the Annual Town Meeting.  The main reason for the Annual Town Meeting is for the residents/voters to vote on the town levy – the tax rate that residents pay for local services, like roads and bridges.  Many other things can happen at this annual meeting, including voting to authorize the Town Board to spend money on town celebration, recognition of service, like volunteers or a retiring board member.  So, this is your time to come out, meet your neighbors and help the town run smoothly.

Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department is looking for volunteers to join the department.  Training will be provided to qualified individuals.  If interested, drop me an email and I’ll get the details to you.

Well, it’s almost 40 degrees outside now.  Hopefully, we’ll have an early spring and all this snow will be gone soon.

On behalf of Toni Williamson, thanks for reading.

Hugs!

Toni Williamson’s Memorial Service and Dinner, November 3, 2019

We realize how much our family and friends mean to us. Your kind expression of sympathy and your attendance will always be remembered. Over 200 friends and relatives came out for Toni​’s Home-going Ceremony. It is much appreciated. Love and Hugs!

Toni Williamson Memorial Service and Dinner, November 3, 2019

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Duxbury News – October 31, 2019

Dux​bury News
Glen Williamson
320-45-6803
ToniGlen@gmail.com

At El Sulton, Puerto Escondido

Duxbury News was started by Toni Williamson about ​​13 years ago.  She enjoyed writing about our community and sharing it with you the readers.  This is her husband Glen, filling in and writing this edition.  I don’t know if I’ll continue, but I would like to tell you a little about us.

Genesis 1:26 & 27 – “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: … So God created man in his own image, in the​ image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” And so, our time​ traveling began.

Eons later, February 22, 1959, Antoinette Moss took​ her breath of life in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Nine months later she and two other sisters and a brother moved to Minneapolis, to be raised by her Grand​ Aunt and Uncle.

Years later, December 1, 1971, a young,​ 14-year-old skinny guy​ who just immigrated​ from Jamaica was introduced to her by his cousin​ Winsome, at Bryant Junior High in South Minneapolis.  They became instant​ friends (not lovers or girlfriend/boyfriend, just each other’s buddies).

Years later, Sunday, June 19, 1976, that skinny,​ Jamaican guy (me), asked her in church … “When are you going to marry me?”  Toni replied, “Whenever you’re ready!”  I then responded, “First you have to get rid​ of your boyfriend.”   You see we weren’t dating or anything.  A couple weeks earlier I had fallen in love with her​ and decided she was my “soul mate”, my time travelling partner that I’ve been​ searching for.

A few days later, she called me and asked if​ I was serious.  I told her “Yes”. ​ She said, “That’s good because I broke up with Casanova.”  Yup,​ that was her boyfriend’s name.  A few​ weeks later, June 30, 1976 we moved in together.  On Saturday, June 18,​ 1977 (​Toni was 18 and I was 19 – ​365 days after I asked her to marry me), we got married in a ​Rehoboth ​​Church in​ ​North Minneapolis and never been apart.

Our first child,​ Nika,​ a daughter was born a little​ over 10 months later, on April 23, 1978; our second and last child, our son​, Glen II, was​ born, December 19, 1982.  Through our children we are blessed with six​ ​grandchildren, ranging from the oldest being age 19 to the youngest being 8.

During our 43 years of living together, we bought​ five homes (six if you include our cabin), a bunch of cars, struggled​ financially at times, but we were stayed steadfast with our love.  In​ fact, Toni told me several times during those years… no matter what happens​ financially, we’ll always be together. She would confirm on bonding by saying, ​ “If we don’t have a home, I would live with you under Interstate 94 bridge.”

In 2003 while living in Brooklyn Park, we bought​ an old abandoned campground in Duxbury; two years later, December 16, 2005, we​ moved full time to Duxbury.  We got involved in the community.  I was first appointed to Wilma Township​ Board, May 2006 and became the Chairperson, March 2009 and still currently the​ Chair.  Toni was appointed Deputy Clerk in 2008 but resigned her position​ 2018 because of her illness.  During that​ time, she also served on OSAC Board and was also involved with various other local organizations.  We truly enjoy living in this area.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 – For everything there is a season, and a time for​ every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to​ plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”

To all my​ friends and readers, words cannot express how I feel.  But, Toni, age 60,​ my time traveling companion on this earth for almost 48 years (married 42​ years) transcended peacefully at October 24, 2019 at 1:40 pm in my arms,​ listening to the song, Suddenly by Billy Ocean at our home in Duxbury, MN​. For the first time in about 5 years or so, she’s not feeling any pain​. ​ ​  We grew up and made life together. It was a blessing. Toni is an angel. She predicted to me last June 18 that this maybe our last anniversary together. I did my best not to believe it. Not only that, she transcended exactly as she wanted – in my arms, in our bed, in our home. That’s the way she wanted to go. How many people move on exactly as they wanted it to? Only an angel gets their wishes to the end. I love her always and forever

We hope​ you will join us, by attending her Homegoing Ceremony this Sunday, November 3,​ 2019, 3 pm at Methven Funeral and Cremation, 114 5th St SE, Sandstone, MN​ 55072.  A social will follow the Homegoing​ Celebration and will start at 6 pm. Location of this social will be given at​ the Homegoing Ceremony.

Even though she’ll be missed here on earth, she’ll be always, ​ and forever be present in our hearts!  Because we are time traveling​ souls, I do expect to meet her again, sometime in the future, whether it be​ here on earth​, another planet​ or in the spirit.

To see more photos of her, please go to ToniGlen.com.

I hope I’ve done her well, by writing this article, letting you​ know about us and why she’ll not be writing Duxbury News anymore.

If you have any questions, please send an email to toniglen@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading.

Hugs!