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November 30, 2011

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE – Mary Howell – NOVEMBER 30, 2011

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
NOVEMBER 30, 2011

November has passed by fast and furious for the residents of Hemphill Care Center. The month has been filled with all kinds of fun activities, which has made the days here brighter for all of us.
During the first week we were very busy with all kinds of activities provided by Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Quincy Martindale from Odyssey Hospice, the Church of Christ from Hemphill, Community Fellowship Church, Carletta from Texas Home Health and Mary Lou Zingle. Friday afternoon our activity department treated us to delicious nacho’s. The highlight of the week was the 98th birthday party for Clement McDaniel that was given by his family and friends.
The volunteers that came and blessed us during the second week were Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Lakes Area Hospice Clowns, Fairdale Baptist Church, Marissa from Jordan Health Services, the domino guys from the LDS church, our craft ladies (Carol and Linda), Little Flock Baptist Church and  Hemphill’s Garden Club Ladies. Our highlight of the week being Veterans Day, in which we honored our veterans: James Patterson, Ruthie Malone, Louis Scott, Jerry Fields, Billy Lewis, Jesse Allen, Clement McDaniel, Shirley Sullivan and Shay Felts with a special celebration.
We are so thankful for the people that came by during the 3rd week to bless us in their own special ways. Parkway Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, The Pineywoods Pickers, First United Methodist Church, Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Community Fellowship Church, Carletta with Texas Home Health, Marti Bible, the staff of HCC for providing the pumpkin pies we enjoyed that Friday. Our volunteers are the lifes blood of our home and we appreciate them so much. The highlight of our week was a wonderful surprise from the First Baptist Church’s preschool children who stopped by to sing us a few sweet songs. They were so cute!
We were busy the 4th week getting geared up for Thanksgiving! The activities during that week were provided by Hemphill’s Church of Christ, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 10351, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist church, Sandy Trahan, and C.J. Michaels the One Man Band. We enjoyed them all so much. Of course the highlight from last week was Thanksgiving Day. We all took the time to give God thanks for His bountiful blessings on us this year. The residents are so blessed to call Hemphill Care Center home. We say thank you to all the volunteers and staff here that make our lives here happier.
Wrapping up the month we had visits from Parkway Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist Church, Hemphill’s Church of Christ and Tiffany Harris, our social worker, who also treats us to a monthly Birthday Party every month.
We would like to congratulate Dodie Roberts who was voted as our volunteer of the month, Bobbie Gross our resident of the month and Rose Sparks & Pat Bradberry  as our employees of the month.
Happy Birthday wishes this month go out to: Clement McDaniel, Doris Maddox, Laura Lane, Barbara Briggs, Lavern Mayo and David Ener!
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jasper Russell, who lost their loved one this month.
Until next week, God Bless and try to enjoy a “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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