ANDERSON, Ind. —
The results were plain to be seen last Wednesday night when everyone gathered for a pre-show dinner at the home of Elijah’s niece, Kathy Buck. Everyone sported a bright orange T-shirt with black lettering. Although each shirt was different, they all tapped into the Halloween theme.
Elijah’s shirt read “Bette is batty for The Price Is Right.”
Buck is the family poet who crafted the witty sayings. Her own shirt read, “This witch will come on down.”
Elijah’s granddaughter, Haylie Rhule, is pregnant. Her shirt read, “My baby boo loves The Price Is Right.” Kathy Buck’s daughter, Brittni, had a shirt that read, “I’ll do the monster mash for cash.”
It was a very happy clan, full of laughter and jokes that got together to eat before they made the jaunt over to Muncie. Elijah was clearly enjoying herself. She was accompanied by daughter Susie Rhule, Rhule’s daughter Haylie, another granddaughter, Nicole Brown, niece Kathy Buck, her daughter Brittni Buck and daughter-in-law Kristin Buck, and another of Elijah’s nieces, Becky Burk.
Elijah's husband, Jack, 90, stayed home that evening to hang out with son Jerry, Nicole’s dad, while the girls had their night out.
Elijah and Jack have been married 66 years.
“I’ll never forget the first time I saw her,” said Jack, 90, via telephone. The two met at a party, where Elijah arrived with a date. Jack still remembers Elijah in her red sweater and brown skirt. It was love at first sight.
Elijah is quick to acknowledge her husband and her close family, noting, “I’m very fortunate.”
As it turned out, despite all their enthusiasm and efforts, the family didn’t come back from "The Price Is Right" with any prizes. Still, the experience they all enjoyed was priceless.