Now we have lost beautiful, gracious, loving Lillian Galloway. Lillian died in Wilmington last Sunday, a little more than three months after her beloved husband, Ray, died. Lillian had fallen several times in the weeks before she died, and she was in a lot of pain, but she never stopped smiling.

Her smile was beatific; she made you feel so good when she turned it on you. A real class act, Lillian was not able to play bridge at the end of her life, but she surely enjoyed it in her earlier years, and she introduced Ray to it in recent years.

Lillian loved her church, First Presbyterian. She served on the memorials committee as secretary for many years; she was recognized as a Lifetime Honorary Member of Presbyterian Women a few years ago.

She and Ray went on countless mission trips with the church, and she started a prayer shawl ministry, and also taught teenagers how to knit, a lost art.

At the first clothing giveaway, Lillian found a corner of the gym and gathered children around her to listen to books, which they were then allowed to take home.

When she was 75, she jumped out of an airplane to celebrate.

Her picture in mid air with goggles and a parachute was on the front page of the Goldsboro News-Argus. Ray, a glider pilot, didn’t have anything on her after that.

Lillian’s hair was naturally curly with a mind of its own, she always said. Whatever her hair was doing on any given day was perfect. She was beautiful inside and out, and she showed us all how to behave by her example. What a lovely lady. We shall not see her like again.

Kathy Jones, one of Sue Wilson’s intermediate students, came to the game Thursday to play with Linda Watson.

She was a good sport and held her own. Everyone remembers their first time at the duplicate table. Now that she has come once, we hope she will return.

And Joyce Pate came to Monday’s game for the first time in a year. She was greeted with hugs and shrieks of delight. And she finished second E/W. Not bad after a year of not playing. Now we just have to get Troy back as well.

Last week, I opened my hand to find nine clubs: ace, king, queen, jack, 10 and so forth down the line. I had one little spade, one little diamond and two little hearts, four losers. So what to do? I had three in my hand.

Finally, I opened four clubs, thinking surely my partner could take one trick. She passed and put down her hand.

She had no clubs, which I didn’t need, but she had the ace and queen of hearts. After pulling trumps, I finessed the king of hearts. It worked, and I made five.

Later, I goggled the odds of having nine cards in a suit, something that has happened to me only once before in my playing career. The odds are one in 10,000.

I also read of a player who once had 11 hearts. Wonder what those odds are?

Congratulations to Sue Wilson and Sterling Jarrett, who had a 68-percent game Monday.

Thursday’s scores: first, Sherry Owens and Shelby Bizzell; second, Charlotte Maxwell and Kay Langston; third (tie) Bill Allgaier and Ed Wilson and Sue Wilson and Billy Bizzell.

Monday’s winners: N/S first, Sherry Owen and Shelby Bizzell; second, Linda Meyer and Pat Keim; third, Bob Meyer and Billy Bizzell. B — fourth overall, Charlotte Maxwell and Kaye Langston.

E/W first, Sue Wilson and Sterling Jarrett; second, Joyce Pate and Barbara Ann Vinson; third, Anne Pate and Theria McPhail.