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December 26, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – 12/26/12

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:45 am


The residents of Hemphill Care Center have enjoyed various holiday celebrations during the month of December.

Our two annual Christmas parties were highlighted with a visit from Santa Claus who gave gifts to all of us. We say a big Thank You to our families and friends who made both parties special for their loved ones. We enjoyed the delicious treats provided by guests and staff.

During the December 15th party our friends from Hemphill Church of Christ were named Volunteer of the Year for their faithfulness in sponsoring Bingo games and gospel singing. They also decorated our beautiful Christmas tree in the dining room.

We congratulate Estella Tibbs who was named Resident of the Year 2012.

Congratulations go to Patty Helmer and Bobbi Kukuk as Employees of the Month; Jack Winn as Resident of the Month; and Brother G as Volunteer of the Month.

Our residents celebrating birthdays in December include Angie Martin, Bettie Mae McGraw, Larry Brown, Bobbie Garrett, Anna McKay, Jeanette Barlow, Lavella Simmons, Bill Smith, and Marie Perkins.

We express our love and sympathy to the families of Ava Anderson, David Malone, Myra Carson, and Bernie Mae Simmons. 

Our thanks go to our December Bingo sponsors: April from Texas Home Health, Brother G from Heart to Heart Hospice, Parkway Baptist Church, American Legion Post #197, and Hemphill Church of Christ.

We were blessed with Christmas worship services and singing provided by Hemphill First Baptist, Parkway Baptist, Fairdale Baptist, Community Fellowship Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist, Hemphill Church of Christ, Bethany Baptist, and Gravelhill Baptist Church. We also received a blessing from Bible study with Brandi from Harbor Hospice and Maria Lamb.

Special appreciation goes to our friends from Six Mile Baptist Church for sponsoring our Christmas store and allowing us to have a free shopping spree. We had fun selecting gifts for our family and friends. We enjoyed a special visit from ventriloquist Eddie Sunday and his buddy Clifford.

Another Christmas highlight was a December 16th Christmas Cantata by the Parkway Baptist Church Choir.

We look forward to our New Year’s Eve pizza party.

The residents of the Care Center say thank you to all who helped make the year 2012 a happy one for us. We say Thank You and Happy New Year!   


P.S. I, Mary Howell, want to express my personal appreciation to my sister Clara Murphy, and my friends Karen Underwood and Nici Miller, for their faithfulness in taking dictation and typing this column for me each week.

I also want to thank Stephanie Corley and her staff for allowing me to publish my “On the Bright Side” column in the pages of the Sabine County Reporter.

I express my appreciation to Freddie Keel who publishes “On the Bright Side” online at www.tadpolesoutdoorblog.com.

I want to say thank you to all who read “On the Bright Side” every week.

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