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May 25, 2011

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE – MAY 25, 2011- Mary Howell

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
MAY 25, 2011 

	The month of May has passed by fast and furious for the residents of Hemphill
Care Center. Every day has been filled with fun, food and fellowship.
	To start the month we laughed and sang songs with the Hope Family from Lakes
Area Hospice. Our friends entertained us with lively songs and funny skits. We
celebrated Cinco de Mayo on May 5th with “south of the border” treats and taking
turns trying to break the pinata. Ruth Watson and Darwin Stroud were the first
to find the candy inside the pinata. On Friday May 6th our mothers were honored
with a Mothers Day Celebration. Beautiful corsages were presented to Sherry
Mobley, our youngest mother, Geraldine Dupree, our oldest mother and Bobbie
Garrett as our mother with the most children.
	May 8-14th was celebrated royally here as National Nursing Home Week, during
which we enjoyed a build a cupcake party, had a fun-filled scavenger hunt, on
Wednesday the owners of our home honored us with a hamburger cook-out. The
following afternoon we were treated to delicious banana splits with the toppings
of our choice. Thanks to our owners the care center has the equipment to show
outdoor movies. On Friday night we were treated to the very first outdoor movie
at our home, which was Secretariat. It is a great movie for all ages. Our
evening under the stars and moon made new memories for some of us and brought
back cherished memories of going to a drive-in theater in our younger days for a
lot of us. Thanks to our staff we had our own concession stand with a wide
variety of goodies for our enjoyment. We welcome visitors to join us for our
next movie night which will be on June 10th.
	In honor of National Nurses Week during May 8-14th , our nursing staff was
treated to a delicious breakfast cooked by our own department heads.
	Lively bingo games this month  were sponsored by: Hemphill’s Church of Christ,
Texas Home Health and Parkway Baptist Church. Various prizes were given to the
winners.
	We enjoyed worship services and sing-a-longs with Hemphill’s First Baptist
Church, Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Parkway
Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church and the
Pineywoods Pickers and Bethany Baptist Church.
	We enjoyed our craft time with Carole and Linda. We decorated crosses in honor
of Mothers day. Our Garden Club friends showed us how to arrange flowers and
even gave blue ribbons for the most creative arrangements. The Macedonia Baptist
Church Mission Ladies treated us to delicious fresh baked pies and cakes.  We
say a big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who brighten our days.
	Our resident council selected Barbara Briggs as our resident of the month,
Bethel Chapel Baptist Church as our volunteers of the month and Tammy Childress
and Perry Bice as our employees of the month.
	We look forward to making jewelry with Sandy Trahan tomorrow afternoon as well
as the beautiful music of C.J. Michaels on Friday afternoon.
	Happy Birthday wishes this month  are extended to Lowana Walters, James
Patterson, Baxter Faires, Lois Claborn and Vivian Weaver.
	We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day week-end. We pray that each of
you will live your life on the bright side.

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Biography for Mary Howell

Mary Howell is a cerebral palsied quadriplegic who has resided at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill, Texas since November, 2009.  She lived with her parents until their deaths and then lived in her home with 24/7 caregivers.  Mary has spent her life turning defeat into victory.  Her determination and strong faith in God have been an inspiration to all who know her.

Mary attended Hemphill High School, Wharton Junior College and served as the Editor of the Sabine County Reporter.  She has received numerous awards from the Texas Press Women and the Texas Press Association. for her writing.  Mary wrote and published her autobiography in 2007, Life On The Bright Side.

She has received various awards for her services in the community. She was named as an outstanding citizen, communicator of achievement, and Texas Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year in 1986.  She was among the “Nine Who Make A Difference” selected by KTRE-TV in 1986..

Mary’s love for God makes the difference in her life, enabling her to turn sadness into happiness and apparent defeat into victory.

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