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Mother and daughter time
Banquet for mothers, daughters, friends Saturday

Pictured from left to right is Jimmi, Mikayla and Jennifer Cox. The three plan to attend the Mother Daughter Banquet at the Community United Methodist Church Saturday, along with other mothers, daughters and friends.

Pictured from left to right is Jimmi, Mikayla and Jennifer Cox. The three plan to attend the Mother Daughter Banquet at the Community United Methodist Church Saturday, along with other mothers, daughters and friends.

The connection between a mother and daughter is a special bond that no others can truly understand - unless of course they happen to be a mother or a daughter or both. That timeless tie has been celebrated in Williams for a number of years thanks to organizers of the Mother Daughter Banquet at the Community United Methodist Church. The banquet has been an institution in Williams for over 50 years, if not longer than that, according to banquet co-organizer Judy Martin of the Methodist Church.

"We're 118-years-old and the Mother and Daughter Banquet has been going on a long time," she said. "The Mother and Daughter Banquet was, I think, traditionally to celebrate Mother's Day. This year we're having it a little bit early, but it's still for the same reason - to celebrate mothers and daughters or just friends, too. You don't have to have a daughter to come."

The church's Sisters in Spirit organization will host the annual Williams event at the Community United Methodist Church May 3, with the banquet scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The church is located at 127 W. Sherman Ave. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Camp Civitan Thrift Store, located on Railroad Avenue. Girls three-years-old and under are free. The price is $3 for young ladies four to 12-years-of-age. The price is $7 for ladies 12-years-old and older.

Martin said the Sisters in Spirit group offers a number of events within the Williams community.

"(We're) a Bible study group that also does mission work throughout the church, for our own church, but also for outreach, too," Martin said. The banquet will offer attendees a full course meal including stuffed pork tenderloin, potatoes, steamed green beans and a dessert as well.

"We're also going to bring handmade items that we've either made ourselves or that our grandmothers have made. We're bringing them to the dinner and will tell our stories about these handmade items and what they mean to us and who made them," Martin said. "There is a very old, 103-year-old quilt that a lady is going to bring in and tell us about. That's just one item that I know, but there will be things like that, which we'll be featuring and talking about and enjoying each others' company with."

Jimmi Cox and her daughter-in-law Jennifer Cox have attended the Mother Daughter dinner for the last five years. Jennifer's daughter, 3-year-old Mikayla Cox, has been going since she was born. The Coxes both agreed that the dinner is a great thing for the community.

"I used to come when I was a little girl with my mom," Jennifer said. "It was fun. It's a great event."

"I don't have any daughters, I just have sons," Jimmi said. "I do have a daughter-in-law, who I'm very, very close to. She feels more like a daughter than a daughter-in-law."

"Even though Jimmi's my mother-in-law, she's always been a mother to me," Jennifer said, adding that she hopes to have the same kind of bond with her own daughter.

"With the age of my kids, it's hard to say what the bond is with her. She's a daddy's girl," Jennifer said.

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