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May 10, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – May 10, 2012

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

 

Sunday, May 13, 2012 will be Mother’s Day.  It is a special day passed down for many generations to honor all mothers, living and deceased.  Mother’s Day was started in Europe in the 1600’s and through the years, it was called several names such as Mothering Sunday, Mother’s Day Peace and Mother’s Peace Day.

 

Anna Jarvis is given credit for the official designation of Mother’s Day after her own mother died in 1905.  Supported by her friends, Anna decided to dedicate her life to her mother’s cause to establish Mother’s Day to honor “mothers, living and dead”.

 

She started the campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day.  With her friends she started a letter writing campaign to urge ministers, businessmen and congressmen to declare a national Mother’s Day holiday.  The first Mother’s Day was observed on May 10, 1908.  Anna’s dream came true when on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the second Sunday in May would be set aside to honor mothers.

 

Mother’s Day tradition varies from families who honor their mothers and grandmothers.  A tradition that I remember and still enjoy is to wear a red flower for a living mother and a white flower to honor a deceased mother. 

 

While my Dad was serving as pastor of Hemphill’s First Baptist Church, my Mother would pick red and white flowers from her flower garden to take to church on Mother’s Day.  She would pin a red flower on ladies who had a living mother and a white flower on those whose mothers had died. 

 

Mothers are so special.  They love us unconditionally and take care of us from birth.  Having  a mother is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to all of us.

 

I take this opportunity to wish all mothers a happy and blessed Mother’s Day.

 

May 10, 2012

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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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March 15, 2012

On The Bright Side – 3/14/12 – Mary Howell

 

Did you ever stop to wonder what life was like before Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone?  Well, much to my dismay, I got a sneak peek into what it was like not to have a telephone! 

 

A few weeks ago, my handset phone disappeared.  My sister and friends turned my room upside down in search of my phone. No phone could be found.

 

We punched the “search” button to listen for a beep but no sound could be heard.  My friends and family tried calling the phone but all that I would hear was their message on the answer machine.  My sister, Clara, who calls me every morning at 7:30 a.m. missed talking to me for two weeks.  I could hear her sweet voice every morning as she said “Good Morning, Mary! How are you today? I love you.  Bye bye.”  Her messages always brighten my day even though I couldn’t respond.

 

The staff and residents at Hemphill Care Center joined in the search. They carefully looked in every possible place that they could think of. They searched through the laundry but no phone there.   Finally after two weeks, we gave up the search and decided that my phone somehow had ended up in the garbage dumpster.

 

After two Fridays, Clara could not stand it anymore. So she went to ALCO and purchased a AT&T phone for me. That’s when the fun began! Ha  Clara is no engineer by any means. She even had trouble getting the box open and taking the pieces out that would not fit.  After trying to find plugs, she finally found them. At first she tried to plug the old cords into the new phone. That did not work. Then she searched to the bottom of the box and found the instruction booklet, which looked like a Sears catalog!  There were two handsets and she had handset # 2 hooked into base # 1.  Installing the batteries in the handsets was a big challenge for Clara but she finally get it connected up. She worked until she got the battery in the right place and got the cover back on.

 

We finally called the Care Center’s Mr. Fix-it, Perry, to help.  He discovered the phone line was not pushed in tight enough. This gave Clara and me a big laugh!  With Perry’s help, Clara was able to record a new message on my answering machine.

 

So now I am O.K. again.  I can talk to my friends and family once again.  I am back in the life on the bright side again.

 

 March 14, 2012

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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.

February 29, 2012

On The Bright Side – February, 29, 2012 – Mary Howell

On The Bright Side
February, 29, 2012

Today is Leap Day. The residents and staff are happy to have one extra day this year for God to bless us!
On February 1st our Resident Council met and selected Estella Tibbs as our resident of the month, the Domino Guys from the LDS Church as our volunteers of the month and Ashley Bumstead and Elisde Carranza as our employees of the month. The next day we were curious to know if the groundhog would see his shadow….and he did! The groundhog legend tells us that winter is not over yet.
We enjoyed playing bingo with Carletta from Texas Medical Enterprises on the 1st and 3rd Friday of this month. We also had fun playing bingo with friends from Hemphills Church of Christ,  Parkway Baptist Church and the American Legion.
On Superbowl Sunday we had a party with Juanita, she served great snacks while we watched the pre-game show and activities on our big screen tv. The Lakes Area Hospice Clowns entertained us Monday afternoon with their lively tunes and funny antics and skits. In honor of February being Black History Month, the movies we watched at our Tuesday afternoon matinees were created by black artists. We sure want to thank the Hornet Express Video for loaning us all our movies this month. On Wednesday afternoon Katherine Crippens from Texas Parks and Wildlife came and taught us about all the various types of woodpeckers that we have in this area. We sure learned a lot! This month our craft ladies(Carol & Linda) and our friends from the Hemphill Garden Club came and helped us make beautiful decorations for Sweetheart Day.
Thank you to the following church’s and people for providing worship services and gospel singing; Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Hemphill First Baptist Church, Hemphill Church of Christ, Little Flock Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church The Pineywoods Pickers, First United Methodist Church Community Fellowship Church Bethany Baptist Church and Quincy Martindale from Odyssey Hospice. We would also like to thank our newest volunteer Brandi Chapman from Harbor Hospice for the interesting bible studies this month.
The highlight of the month for us was our Sweetheart Dance, which was held on Valentines Day .Our king this year was Edgar Smith and our Queen was Estelle Granger, they sure made a good looking couple. Our wheelchairs were rocking and rolling for sure. If you’ve never seen wheelchairs swing to the music come and join us for our Spring Fling Dance on March 20th at 6pm. Another highlight was our Mardi-Gras party, which was sponsored by the
VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 10351. We had a fun-filled afternoon dancing to zydeco music and eating King Cake.
Last Wednesday afternoon the Care Center stars came out and enjoyed singing karoake with Marti Bible. On Thursday we held our 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off. We say thank you to everyone that made chili to enter in the contest. And the winner was…….Gina Jackson our Dietary Manager.
We enjoyed a Friday afternoon jamboree with C.J. Michaels, the One Man Band.
Ya’ll should have been here Monday. We celebrated National Chocolate Cake Day with several of our favorite yummy chocolate cakes. Today we will celebrate Leap Day with Quincy Martindale from Odyssey Hospice, he is coming by to tickle the ivories for us.
We would like to extend Happy Birthday wishes to Barbara Bickerstaff and Jo Kelley.
We express our love and sympathy to the families of our dear friends; Shay Felts, Ebb Dickerson, Bobbie Gross, Ann Strickland and Dot Hamilton, they will be truly missed.
We at Hemphill Care Center wish everyone a day On The Bright Side.

January 26, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – January 25, 2012

On The Bright Side

January 25, 2012

The residents of Hemphill Care Center are thankful for Gods blessing of another year. We have slowed down just a bit after all the busyness of the holidays. Our year got off to a great start with the Lakes Area Hospice Clowns stopping by. They entertained us with their gospel and fun songs. We observed Elvis’s birthday and ate one of his favorite treats, fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, while we were being serenaded by Elvis singing some of his greatest hits such as Blue Suede Shoes, Don’t Be Cruel etc.

Our January bingo games were sponsored by the Church of Christ, Carletta from Texas Home Health and Parkway Baptist Church. Thank you to these faithful volunteers for the wonderful prizes they provide.

Early in the month our Garden Club friends helped us make bird feeders out of pine cones, peanut butter and birdseed. Then we have had the pleasure of watching our feathered friends get a treat out our dining room windows.

We enjoyed worshiping and singing with Hemphill’s First Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist church, Community Fellowship Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Little Flock Baptist Church , The Pineywoods Pickers, First United Methodist Church and Bethany Baptist Church. Our hearts are always blessed when we get to worship together.

A Memorial Service was held here last Sunday afternoon in honor of Don Caraway, who was a dear friend and a former professional football player. We express our love and sympathy to his wife Kathy. Our condolences also go to the families and friends of John Horn and Elouise McLemore.

Our resident council selected Freddie Keel as our volunteer of the month, Lillian Pearce as our resident of the month and Debra Frost and Lois Thomas as our employees of the month. This month we celebrated Maintenance Day with our favorite maintenance man Perry Bice.

Residents who celebrated their birthdays this month include Verle Wright, Lillian Pearce, Darwin Stroud and Dorothy Horn.

We are looking forward to C.J. Michaels the One Man Band. He will be here Friday afternoon for a toe-tapping good time.

The residents and staff say a great big thank you to Lances Grocery for providing a wonderful pizza party for our enjoyment to help us celebrate New Years eve. Our thanks also go out to the Hornet Express Video for loaning us wonderful movies to watch every week.

Our families and friends are welcome to stop by for a visit anytime. May God bless each one of you who helps us to have 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.

December 8, 2011

On The Bright Side – 12/7/11 -Mary Howell

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

 

This week’s On The Bright Side is dedicated in loving memory of my third grade teacher, Ruby Minton, who passed away on November 8, 2011 at the age of 96.

 

Mrs. Minton was a “one-of-a-kind” teacher at Hemphill Elementary School. During her 35 year teaching career, she touched the lives of hundreds of students.  She often said that she never taught a pupil she did not love.

 

Mrs. Minton knew what it was to grow up with hardships.  Her mother passed away when Ruby was four years of age and her father died when she was 13 leaving her to live in foster homes until she went to college.  She earned a teaching degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. She fell in love with Harris Minton and the two sweethearts married on May 29, 1937.  They became parents to two precious daughters, Anna Ruth and Eugenia.

 

The Mintons were longtime residents of Sabine county and were beloved members of the First Baptist Church of Hemphill.

 

I spent many happy hours at the Minton home and watched television on many occasions since my family did not own a television set.  I remember watching the funeral of U.S. Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn which was attended by three living U.S. presidents. The televised funeral with such a prestigious gathering of government officials was a momentous event in our nation’s history.

 

Mrs. Minton had a great love and compassion for her students. She earned our respect.  One “no-no look” from her piercing blue eyes could change even the slightest thought of misbehavior in her classroom.

 

Although it’s been 53 years, I cherish many fond memories of her and my third grade year.  She not only taught us things an average nine-year old should know, she prepared us for a higher level of education and future career.

 

She taught us the basics of proper use of grammar and the importance of correct spelling.  I’m sure that when I get to Heaven, Mrs. Minton will ask me “Mary, can you still spell piano?” which was the first and only word I misspelled that year.

 

She taught us our Roman numerals and gave us her birth date in Roman numerals which were V-XII-MCMXV.  My classmates joined together to give Mrs. Minton her first birthday year.  I will never forget the surprised look on her face when she returned to the classroom that afternoon.

 

When Mrs., Minton’s health began to fail, she moved away from Hemphill to make her home closer to her daughter.  She passed away in Tyler in a care center where she remained alert until just a few days before her death.

 

Funeral services were held at Hemphill’s First Baptist Church on 11-11-11.  Her family, friends, and some former students paid farewell to one that they loved.

 

December 7, 2011

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.

September 19, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – 091411

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell 

 

This week’s On The Bright Side is in honor of all grandparents and great-grandparents living and deceased.  National Grandparents Day is officially observed on Sunday, September 11 but I believe every day of the year should be a day to express love to grandparents, young and old.

 

Grandparents are part of our heritage whether they are in their thirties or above the age of 100.  We can learn from them.  They have already experienced life and we can follow in their footsteps.

 

Every day I see sadness on the faces of grandparents who make their home at Hemphill Care Center. These friends seemingly have been forgotten by their grandchildren.  It breaks my heart to think that children fail to bring their little ones to visit their grandparents.

 

Grandparents and great-grandparents are so special. They take the time to do little things the parents don’t have time to do with their little ones. They can read stories, teach grandchildren how to make cookies or play the piano.  They may be the first ones to take the grandchildren fishing or to see a national league baseball or football game. 

 

I remember my grandparents.  My Granddaddy Thorp died when I was barely four.  I have a vivid memory of him sitting in his big red chair while he smoked his pipe.  I remember the day he died.  Seeing him being covered with a sheet made a last impression on me.

 

My Grand Mother Mam Howell and Granny Thorp came to spend three weeks with us in our Hemphill home.  While they were there, they quilted a beautiful “Rainbow Around The World” quilt for me.  After almost 60 years, the quilt remains one of my most treasured possessions.

 

Pap Howell was a man of small stature but he had a big heart.  He enjoyed rocking me.  He lived to be 92 years of age.

 

My Granny Thorp was “sharp as a tack” and loved to play dominoes and forty-two.  I had the privilege of playing with her just one week before she died at the age of 96.

 

Although my sisters and I lived 600 miles from our grandparents, we felt close to them and felt loved by them. They always welcomed us with open arms and they prepared all our favorite food to eat.

 

Let us not forget to thank God for grandparents.

September 14, 2011

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Mary and her friend, Kim

September 7, 2011

On the Bright Side – Mary Howell – 9/7/2011

On the Bright Side

Mary Howell

 

Now that so many county schools are in season for the year 2011-2012, the safety of students should be a top priority for everyone.

 

Drivers need to heed to observe the speed limit when driving in a school zone.  The use of cell phones is prohibited;  that includes texting,   Cell phones are distractions to drivers and can cause tragedies to children.

 

Every year, hundreds of children lose their lives due to carelessness on our streets and highways.  Our drivers must watch for children at play. They can run out or dart across the road as quick as a wink.

 

When drivers see a school bus, they should slow down and stop when the red lights are flashing.  Remember never to pass a school bus when its the process of stopping to let children off at their homes.  Parents need to be sure that their children are buckled down in safety seats when taking their little ones to school. 

 

Parents should examine the items that their children take with them to school.  Guns, razors and sharp-pointed items should be left at home.  Anything that would be harmful to one child would be harmful to the other class members.

 

If a child needs to take medication during school hours, the medicine should be properly delivered by the parent to the school nurse.  When extra curricular activities, such as football games and other outdoor sports, safety should also be top priority.

 

Let us all join in prayer for the safety of our students.  A little precaution can make a difference and give our citizens of tomorrow, happy school memories and days on the bright side.

 

September 7, 2011

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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.

August 10, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – August 10, 2011

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

 

This week’s, On The Bright Side, is in honor of Friendship Day.  It is also a “Mary Howell classic” and I pray that it will brighten the day for my readers once again.

 

I often stop to thank God for blessing me with friends.  Friends come and friends go.  We have childhood friends.  We have school friends.  We have church friends.  We have society friends.  Then we have heart-to-heart friends.

 

Those are the ones who really love us in spite of ourselves. They share our ups and downs in life. They take the time to listen to good news and bad news.

 

Friends often listen when we share our deepest heartaches. They help to mend a broken heart and even wipe away our tears. 

 

Friends also not only pray for you, they pray with you, too.

 

Distance has no influence over friendship.  Though separated by a few miles or even hundreds or thousands of miles, friends can remain close to each other in mind and heart.

 

Even the smallest act of kindness offered by a stranger or new acquaintance often leads to a beautiful friendship that can last a life-time.

 

During my 60 years, I have had hundreds of friends.  Each one has touched my life in a different way.   Regardless of age differences, friends still care.

 

I am so thankful for my friends who take the time to pray for me, take me out to eat, go shopping or out for an afternoon ride, prepare a chocolate pie, or fix a special dish for me. These are friends who have mastered the art of being a friend.

A friend is someone who takes the time to write a cheery note or pick up the phone just to say hello. They also drop by for an unexpected visit where they always find a warm welcome from those they love.

 

Our earthly friends may fail us, but Jesus is a friend who never fails.  He is always with us.  He forgives.  His love has no end.  He will always be our best friend.

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank my many friends near and far who take the time to read “On The Bright Side” each week.

 

August 10, 2011

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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.

June 16, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – 6/15/11


 

June 14, was celebrated as Flag Day throughout the United States.  I for one, believe that Flag Day should be every day of the year.

 

The United States Flag is a symbol of democracy which stands for the freedoms that we enjoy.  Betsy Ross designed the first flag which contained 13 stars and 13 stripes symbolizing the 13 original states.  In later years as another state was added to the nation, a star was added but the 13 stripes remained the same. 

 

Our flag has seen many wars and has brought hope to millions of soldiers who have fought for the liberties that we often take for granted.

 

To me, there is nothing more impressive than to see our beautiful flag waving on a bright sunny day.

 


Flags are usually flown on patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, or the 4th of July.

 

At a young age, my mother taught me to respect our flag. She also taught children who came to Vacation Bible School to honor the flag.  She taught us never to let the flag touch the floor and she made sure that we stood at attention when the pledge of allegiance was recited.

 

It seems very appropriate that the last thing Mother did at our home before her death was to bring in the flag when the sun was going down.

 

The flag honors our military men and women who have forfeited their lives for our country.

 

Let us take pride in our flag and thank God that we still live in the land of the free.

 

June 15, 2011

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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.

(Mary singing ‘Jesus Loves Me”)

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