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May 29, 2013

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – May 29,2013

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:39 am

My friends and I who make our home at Hemphill Care Center are proud to congratulate Administrator Pat Bradberry and staff for making it possible for Hemphill Care Center to be named the “Facility of the Year 2012”.

The owner’s BJ Bergeron and Louis Nicholson presented the award after a cookout on May 15th. Appreciation was expressed to the loyal employees who were honored with a bonus for taking care of the Hemphill Care Center residents.

On Friday May 10th a Mother’s Day party was hosted by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #10351. Each mother was given a small gift. Corsages were given to Artie Rash for being the oldest mother, Margaret Beadle for being the youngest, and Bobbie Garrett for having the most children.

In honor of Sports Week our kitchen staff served us a ballpark lunch Monday May 13th. We were delighted to have hotdogs, chips, cold drinks, and ice-cream cones. We enjoyed getting to have junk food as our special treat for the day.

On May 6th Beverly, Don, and friends from Lakes Area Hospice entertained us with hand-clapping and toe-tapping music selections that we all loved.

Throughout May we were blessed with gospel singing and worship services sponsored by the following churches: Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Hemphill Church of Christ, Community Fellowship Church, Hemphill First Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist Church, and the Harvest Assembly of God Church. We also enjoyed Thursday afternoon Bible studies with Brandi from Harbor Hospice.

On Saturday May 18th John Napier and Quincy Martindale led us in a gospel sing-along which brightened our day.

We say thank you to our May bingo sponsors: Brother G from Heart to Heart Hospice, Kelli from East Texas Home Health, Hemphill Church of Christ, Carletta from Consolidated Healthcare Services, Janet from Texas Home Health, and Parkway Baptist Church. Thanks to Melissa we have learned to play a new game called Domino Bingo which is lively and more competitive than regular Bingo.

We appreciate the Hemphill Garden Club for presenting us with blue ribbons for our butterfly decorations which were displayed during the Garden Club’s flower show.

Congratulations to Volunteer of the Month Cindy Collier, Resident of the Month Ricky Page, and Employees of the Month Vanessa Thompson and Molly Dickerson.

Our sympathy goes to the family and friends of Baker Tiner, Betty Speights, Billy Lewis, and Jerry Fields in the loss of their loved ones.

The May birthday party was hosted by Harbor Hospice honoring Virginia Duke, Edgar Smith, Lois Claborn, and Juanell Beckham.  

Depending on the weather some of our residents will go on a fishing trip today at Magnolia Ridge Park near Dam B. It will be fun to see who has the biggest catch of the day.

We are looking forward to the Annual Fish Fry sponsored by our friends from Fairdale Baptist Church. Bro. Bo Owens welcomes residents and their families to come to the fish fry Friday at 5pm.

I express my personal appreciation to Clara Murphy, Karen Underwood, and Nici Miller for faithfully taking dictation to make “On the Bright Side” possible for my readers to enjoy. May God bless all my friends who read “On the Bright Side” each week.    



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