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Each Christmas stocking Deloris Bowers makes is a little different, customized as gifts for family and close friends. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum)

Stocking up on a keepsake

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Deloris Bowers' creations can be found coast to coast. They're usually seen around Christmas -- but are treasured throughout the year.


Bowers has made 71 Christmas stockings for close family members, including her eight children, 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandkids.

She's made 11 more stockings for friends, acquaintances and other relatives, for a total of 82.

"It's just something I enjoy," said the 80-year-old Lake Park woman.

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