Photos from Clarks Summit, PA (March 4-6, 2016)

Group photo from Clarks Summit, PA (March 4-6, 2016)


Leader: Rev. Elaine Orland


Mona Sides Smith

I am saddened to tell you our beloved Mona Sides-Smith made her transition at noon on January 1, 2016. Her loving kindness and wisdom touched hundreds of us so deeply, and I know her lovely spirit will be with us always. Blessings, Maryanne Z.


Obituary By Elaine Orland — Jan 2, 2016 2:20pm

Mrs. Mona Sides Smith (née Lyerla), of Memphis, TN, passed away on Friday, January 1st, 2016.

Mona, raised as a coal miner’s daughter in southern Illinois, grew up as the older sister of her surviving brother Robert (Bobby Gene) Lyerla and left home soon after high school to work at the Pentagon. She had a passion for singing standards, and sang and played drums with big bands and combos on the circuit in the 60’s and70’s. She moved to Memphis after selling her Mississippi newspaper, and worked as a retreat leader and administrator and as an addictions counselor. Her clients never let her stop. No doubt they will be responsible for healing much on this planet. She was a spiritual woman and teacher, and in her later years was married to Robert “Smitty” Smith, the son of Dr. Bob Smith, one of the cofounders of Alcoholics Anonymous. She was previously married to Wade “Toby” Sides of Memphis, among others.

She is survived by several daughters, stepchildren, grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

A memorial celebration will be held at Neshoba Church, 7350 Raleigh-Lagrange Rd., Cordova, TN, 38018 on January 10th, open house from 2 to 4 pm, memorial gathering at 4pm. Mona asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the University of Memphis tagged for the foundation she initiated, the Wade “Toby” Sides Prize for Writing Excellence. This is administered by the Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law.

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Villa Pauline Fall Reunion Dinner (October 7, 2015)

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This is the group photo for our Fall Reunion Dinner on October 7th that we had at Villa Pauline. It was a result of our mini-retreat in June when the women talked about getting together again before January. So we put together a little dinner at the Villa and then held a meeting on the back porch as the sun was setting. One of the women had a box of Blessing cards and we each took a card and shared our feelings about the saying on the card. It was totally awesome. What an amazing group of women we are at all stages of life and situations and sobriety or serenity. The main thing is that we love being together and love each other very much. So - we talked again and decided that we will now get together every 3-4 months for Retreat, mini-retreat and a spring and fall dinner. So great!

thanks as always for your continued support,
with peace and serenity,
Sharon Barkauskas

June 2013 Villa Pauline, Mendham Reunion
june 5-13 group
Photo: Clarks Summit PA SRL Retreat March 6-8, 2015

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Above: Leader Ann Schehr and Captain Karen DiPasquale

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Above: Clarks Summit PA SRL Retreat March 6-8, 2015

Photo: August 8–10, 2014 Long Branch, NJ retreat leaders

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Captain Jackie, Leader Veronica Picone, and Co-Captain Peggy



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