According to the Jan. 20, 1950 edition of “The Loendian,” the roots of the Decks Pinochle Club goes back to the Loendi Club in the Hill District.

In 1950, a group of young ladies who frequented the club in the company of their husbands and friends, decided they would like to form a pinochle club. Beatrice Felder, Vonda Burwell, Jean Curtis and Ida Mae Mauney laid the foundation for “The Decks” an organization of pulchritudinous melders.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION—Yvonne Addison and Gloria Kendrick present a corsage to Ida M. Grant.

With Rachel Brooks as secretary and Hazel Garland as treasurer, the organization was set up and met on Wednesday nights. According to Mauney, the club was purely social, only pinochle was played. On Sept. 26 at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Penn Hills, The Decks celebrated 60 years. No pinochle was played on this night.


The ladies and their guests mixed, mingled, dined and danced to the sounds of DeeJay Weatherspoon. The Decks made a charitable contribution of $1,000 to the Martin Luther King Reading and Cultural Center and honored their founder, Ida Mauney Grant. Louis “Hop” Kendrick served as master of ceremonies, Vivian Shelton welcomed the crowd while Laura Stewart delivered the invocation. Members included Ida M. Grant (founder), Vivian Shelton (president), Gloria Kendrick (vice president), Jean Bolden (recording secretary), Jane Mabrey (corresponding secretary), Theresa Humphrey (financial secretary), Yvonne Addison (treasurer), Parthenia Brown (scorekeeper), Laura Stewart (chaplin) and Arden Ann Harrell, Barbara Lee, M. Gayle Moss and Carole Watson. On Oct. 15, Decks founder, Ida Mauney Grant passed away. The Decks were pleased they were able to give Mauney Grant her roses while she could smell them.

Spotted partying with the Decks: Gloria and Aaron ­Walton, Oscar and Sheila ­Petite, Gail and Alex Ball, Louie Bates, Wrenna Watson, Rober­ta Watson, Jerry Belt, Deborah ­Ben­nett, Denise Bey, Ryan Mitchell, Pat Pugh Mitchell and Tom and Lilly Motley.

And just so you won’t have to look it up:

Pulchritudinous: beautiful, physical comeliness. Melders: to declare a card or combination of cards as a meld.

The Decks were beautiful women who declared their cards.

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