Agreed. This woman's of behavior, in the place like Magnolia, is frankly sort of bizarre. One of the obligations of living in a smaller community is you can't shirk your duties as a neighbor and a member of this small place. I am going to speculate that your Denomination sends preachers to new churches perhaps every few years, and that there's a bit of an itinerant aspect to being Minister to this church (or group of churches near one another). And I'm imagining this woman is not really happy in this community and feels trapped there. Is this the case? I've seen Preachers moved on their way out of an assignment if they do not get along with the congregants. Anyway, I wouldn't hesitate to just find another congregation where you can get a fresh start. I don't know what's causing the turmoil in the wife of this minister but she's probably not coming around to right soon IMO and life is short. P.S. I do speed in Pike County often, but I keep it out there on the Interstate. My condolences to your daughter for the loss of her companion. My Daisy pup is 14 this year, and I am spending all the quality time I can with her while I can.