• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

I am sad to report that Midway lost a dedicated council member last week. After fighting a long and determined battle with cancer, Midway council member Libby Warfield passed away last Saturday at the age of 65 years old. She is survived by her husband, David Warfield; two children, a son, David Matthew Warfield and a daughter, Wendora Jean (Jonathan) Creech; her mother, Jean Sharon; two sisters, Peggy Sharon and Cindy (Philip) Karrick; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Libby was the third member in her family to serve on the Midway City Council. Her mother Jean Sharon sat on the Midway City Council for 11 years. Her son, David Matthew, held the same position for four years before stepping down. Libby applied for the same post in 2012, but she had to back out of the race when she discovered she had stage-four cancer of the salivary gland. The cancer left one side of her face permanently paralyzed. Two years later, after rebounding from the cancer, she decided to run for city council and won a place at the council table and was re-elected again for a two-year term in 2016. The cancer returned in 2018 and she was unable to attend the meetings. The vacancy left by Warfield will be filled when the Midway City Council appoints a member to serve out her term, which runs through Dec. 31.

Libby was a native Midwegian. When my dad took my brother and I to the firehouse on New Year’s Eve to ring the fire bell, her dad would have Libby and her sisters at the Midway Baptist Church ringing the church bells. She lived next door to my cousins at the end of Turner Street next to the railroad tracks. My brother and I grew up on Turner Street just a few blocks away. We would go down on their end of the street and play. As we grew older we formed a gang, The Turner Street Ragtime Ramblers, and boy were we tough. However, we never got to demonstrate just how tough we were because we were the only gang in Midway. I got booted out when I borrowed 40 cents to buy some chemicals so I could make some hand cream to sell and increase the club’s money in the treasury. I couldn’t find a soul that would dare try the hand cream so the project went bust. She would often bring up the incident over the next 50 or so years and asked me if I was keeping count on how much I owed to the treasury? It now amounts to about $3 at four percent compounded annually for 50 years. I always knew that she loved Midway almost as much as I did. We would often share stories and information about Midway. She found out that I liked to take pictures of birds, and I was trying to see how many different birds I could photograph in Midway. She put me onto a couple of online bird sites. She would call a couple of times a year to tell me about a bird count and wanted to know if I had photographed a certain bird.

The first thing that I thought of when I saw a posting on Midway Musings about a program at the Midway Christian Church about creating a Monarch Waystation was Libby telling me about how many blue-green chrysalis she had in her back yard. She did love her wildlife.

As council member, she was unique. There never was one issue that she didn’t give her full consideration. She would listen to everyone’s descriptions about how big the area in question was or what tree was sticking out too far into the road, and by the next council meeting, she would have checked out the situation in person and taking measurements of her own and she would have a dozen more questions to be answered.

One of her traits that I always admired was that she wasn’t ever afraid to vote against the tide. If five council members voted for a particular measure, she wasn’t afraid to oppose and vote no. That takes a lot of guts to do that. That was Libby and I am glad I was able to serve on the city council with her; she made me a better council member and a better person.

There was a Midway community garden kick-off meeting Tuesday. The meeting was at the Presbyterian Church. The group is calling out for volunteers. The group will begin planting sometime in March, assuming that the rain slows down a bit.

Special request - There is an honor flight to Washington D.C. on May 26 looking for veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam from Midway who would like to be a part of this experience. All expenses are paid for the veteran. Only requirement is that he or she along with the guardian gets to the airport early that particular morning. This is part one of the request. Second piece is that there is a donation which will cover the expenses of the guardian who is accompanying the veteran. If you are a veteran or know someone who is who might be interested in this, contact Midway Christian Church at 859-846-4102.

This is for all the monarch butterfly people. There will be a program, Creating a Monarch Waystation, this Thursday at the Midway Christian Church Fellowship Hall. The program will be hosted by the Woodford County Extension Master Gardeners. The speaker will be Joanna Kirby. The program will begin at 6 p.m. The program is free, but you must preregister by calling the Woodford County Extension Office at 859-873-4601.

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