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One family with local roots found a way to have their annual reunion while still maintaining social distance last weekend.
Relatives who normally attend the Ott-Rackley reunion in person each fall were able to do so from their cars while paying tribute to family matriarch, Linda Rackley Hall, 97, of Whigham.
Hall, who was the longtime owner of the former Pineland Florist in Whigham, was able to enjoy visits from her family while sitting on her front porch on U.S. 84 Saturday.
’Nobody wanted to get together and put her at risk,” explained granddaughter Shannon Kitchens.
Rain failed to dampen the spirits of participants as they drove by Hall’s home and shared their good wishes. Hall is the last of the original 10 siblings in the Ott-Rackley family.
Saturday’s reunion was organized by Donna Rackley Hornbuckle, Blevyn Rackley Ferrell and Ethlyn Rackley Connell.