To the Editor:

As we find this holiday season upon us, I find myself thinking about how grateful I am to the entire Oxford and surrounding communities. My husband, Lu, and I moved to Oxford when our oldest of eight children was just 10 months old, about 30 years ago.

This fall was the first time in 25 years that we had no children in the Oxford Public School system, as our youngest graduated Oxford High School in June and is now a freshman in college. Wow has it gone by fast.

Oxford has provided us with a wonderful home and loving and caring community in which to raise our children. I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone in this amazing community who has provided us with friendship, guidance, love and support through the years.

I know we don’t always get a chance to thank those who have done so much for us, but I will make a small, but humble attempt now.

From the incredible teachers, administration and those in the school system, to the parents and coaches, many of whom were parents, to our neighbors, families, friends and our children’s friends, to the St. Thomas the Apostle community, to Seymour Pop Warner for giving my four boys many incredible, unforgettable years of football, Coach Stox from OHS, Kevin Gendron from BAD, all the coaches, instructors and staff at CSPA, especially Rick Carbone, you especially shaped our lives and those of our children, not to mention those countless unnamed, thank you for making Oxford such a wonderful home for all of us.

Good and bad, we will never forget our experiences here, as they have shaped us and our children into the people we are today. There will be no Florida retirement for me. Oxford will always be my home.

Please always keep it warm, wonderful, caring and awesome.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.


Margaret R. Diaz


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