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July 18, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – July 18, 2012

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

 

A few weeks ago, I had the most crazy “sleepless in Hemphill” night.  No matter how hard I tried to doze off, I could not make my brain stop going 90 miles an hour.”

 

It seemed that everyone I knew was having chaos in their lives. I was so worried about my friends that sleep just would not come.

 

A friend was struggling to stay alive after having a critical surgery.  Another friend was having surgery the next day.  A member of my family was scheduled to have a heart procedure facing possible surgery afterward.  Another friend’s grandchild had been hospitalized and in my immediate family my sister had eye surgery.  Two of my dear family members were going to be jobless and homeless the next morning. My prayer list went on and on.  I prayed for each one during the late hours of the night.

 

I was beginning to think we had a full moon that night since everyone seemed to be awake and on the prowl at the Care Center.  I could hear several of my good friends talking and walking in their sleep.  One 90-year-old plus lady walked into my room.  I could not tell if she was awake or rolling her chair in her sleep. She situated her chair beside my bed and propped her feet up.  I began talking to her softly. She did not respond but she made herself comfortable and went to sleep while I was still gently talking to her.

 

So many times,  things look worse and problems look bigger during the night.  But when morning comes, God seems to give us peace when we just turn everything over to him. The Bible tells us that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.  When we have problems, we should remember that if God brings you to it, that He will take us through it.

 

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

 

July 18, 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.

June 6, 2012

On the Bright Side – June 6, 2012 – Mary Howell

 

The Singer Sewing Machine brings back happy memories of my childhood.

 

Isaac Merrit Singer developed the first commercially successful sewing machine.  Singer spent much of his youth devoted to acting.  When his acting career proved to be unsuccessful, he turned to inventing.

 

Singer was asked to repair a Lerow and Blodgett sewing machine.

A few days later he had designed and built an improved model. His version of the sewing machine was the first to allow continuous and curved stitching with an overhanging arm that held the needle bar over a horizontal table. This made it possible to sew on any part of the work. 

 

Elias  Howe also invented a sewing machine and had the first patent on the machine in 1846.

 

My mother was given her first sewing machine by the friends of the First Baptist church shortly after I was born in 1948.  Mrs. Bobbie Minton gave her sewing lessons and accompanied her to Nacogdoches for the sewing lessons. 

 

Mom’s sewing machine-made it possible for her to sew clothes for Jane, Clara and me. She made all kinds of garments for us.

 

I remember going to sleep by the hum of mother’s sewing machine.  She sewed until the wee hours of the morning to finish a garment for us to wear to school the next day.  I loved to sit at the end of the bed and watch Mother sew. She would give me scraps of material to play with.  I always enjoyed playing in Mom’s button box until one day, I stuck a button up my nose.  That caused an emergency trip to Dr. Winslow’s office to let him remove the button from my nose.  Needless to say, I never did that again! and Dr. Winslow wouldn’t let me live that down.   After almost 60 years, he still teases me about my predicament.

 

Mon’s sewing machine still works even though Mom is not here to sew clothes anymore.

 

Like all good seamstresses, God has given us a pattern to use for our daily lives.  God’s Word, the Bible, is the greatest pattern that we can follow and ask God’s blessings for a life on the bright side.

 


May 17, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – May 16, 2012

 

The month of May has been designated as Older American’s Month to give honor to those of us who have reached fifty-five years or older.

 

Senior citizens make up a large majority of our national population.  We outnumber the younger generation.

 

Although some people think senior citizens just sit in our rocking chairs and twiddle our thumbs,  I’m here to tell you that is not true anymore.  We laugh and cry.  Some still go to work in their 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s. We still go to church and most older folks are more faithful in church than the younger generations are.  We’ re not afraid to speak up.  We speak our mind even though sometimes our brain doesn’t work right.  Some folks can’t remember what happened five minutes ago while others can tell about things that happened to them 70 or 80 years ago.  I recently overheard two gentlemen talking before Sunday morning worship services.  One made a remark,” If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself”.  The other fellow smiled and said “I wouldn’t change a thing, I had too much fun getting here”. 

 

Senior citizens do not take life for granted. They enjoy every day that God gives to them.

 

My Dad, who lived to be 98, always laughed when he told this little joke.  An older fellow attended a graveside service for a friend.  A young fellow walked up to his elderly friend and asked “How old are you?”  The older fellow in  a shaky voice replied, “I’m ninety-seven”.  His young friend thought a minute and then said “Well I guess there’s not much use in your going back home.”

 

I like the saying, Lord let me live as long as I am alive.  Every day a senior citizen lives could be a blessing to others and a day on the bright side.

 

May 16, 2012

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.

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.

February 16, 2012

On The Bright Side Feb. 15, 2012 By Mary Howell

On The Bright Side

Feb. 15, 2012

By Mary Howell

Mary’s note

The following column was written by my niece, Kay Murphy Fatheree

Half a “stache” is better than none at all

By Kay Murphy Fatheree

It was inevitable, and I am not afraid to admit it. I am a cat lover. My brother, Doug is one too. We must have inherited this trait from our parents, Neal and Clara, as I think back on all the felines that have found their way into our homes and hearts over the years.

When I was about seven and little brother was four, we acquired two new pets; a pair of handsome, young brothers, who were about three months old.

None of us is able to recall who we got the cats from, possibly the friend of a friend, but we drove for what seemed like an eternity, clear across Houston to arrive at our destination.  I don’t remember the people that we got them from, but I do remember the gentle and friendly pair of beautiful black and white brothers that Doug and I chose. We cradled them in our arms like newborn babes as we entered the back seat of our Ford Fairlane. We soon began mulling over names for our new pets as we began the long trek back home to Bellaire, Texas.

When I asked Dad what breed our new cats were, Dad said they were “alley cats.“ I figured that the term referred to black and white cats as they both had black fur over about two-thirds of their bodies with white making a nice contrast. The white covered their bellies, necks and part of their faces and they both donned white “socks” of varying lengths.

The one I was holding had a solid black nose with a white line going upwards alongside his right nostril and he had a bright, white “smile,” adorable white cheeks and big, round green eyes.

Doug’s little guy was most handsome and had one very unique feature. He had a solid white nose that ended in a point perfectly symmetrical between his sparkling, yellow eyes. His chin and neck were snow-white along with his “smile” which seemed never-ending.

The markings on his face were perfectly symmetrical with the exception of one little feature: he had a perfectly formed black moustache just on the right side of his nose. We all commented on how cute his little half moustache was.

We debated on a few names, but nothing seemed to fit. Finally Mom called out from her position in the driver’s seat, “How about Mush and Puff!”

I said, “Those are perfect names, since Doug’s has half of a ‘mushstash.’”

The word “moustache” had not come up yet in my list of weekly spelling words. That word probably didn‘t come up until at least, fifth or sixth grade. I thought that the word was pronounced and spelled “mushstash,” and that Mom was suggesting the name “Mush” because he had half a “mushstash.” It was perfectly logical for my seven-year-old brain and second-grade spelling level.

“No! I said ’Muff’ and ’Puff,’” Mom exclaimed as she turned her head towards the back seat so that I could see her mouth more clearly as she over-emphasized the “F” sound in the name.

“But I like Mush and Puff,” I said. “See his half a ‘mushstash,‘” I said. Doug agreed and soon we convinced Mom to let us keep the names. After all, she was the one that had suggested them.

And so, we had the perfect names for our new additions.

Mush and Puff were some of the most gentle cats we ever had. The brothers, who grew to be fairly big boys, loved being petted and would sit in our laps for as long as we would sit still. They even slept with Doug and I.

They really loved the Christmas season. We always got a real tree and they were particularly fascinated with the shiny ornaments and silver tinsel. Mush especially loved to play with the ornaments and I remember Puff shimmering up the trunk of our tree one year.

On occasion, one of them, and we never knew which one, would  tear open some of the beautifully wrapped gifts laying underneath the tree.

Just thinking about Mush and Puff brings a smile to this cat lovers’ face as I am typing up this story for my aunt, another cat lover.

Over the years, I have ended up with cats named Punkin, Shadow, Zoe, Miss Kitty, Mama Cat and Lucky (who ended up not being so lucky) and all of them hold special places in my heart, but none of them ever had such a perfectly suited name as our Mush.

Currently, I am going through cat withdrawals because I had to leave my cats behind when my husband, Lester, and I relocated from Wyoming to Abilene a year and a half ago, (but that’s another story for another day.) As soon as circumstances allow, I know that I will have another cat, or two or three or more, some day. I have told Lester many times that, if anything ever happens to him, I will never remarry, and will probably end up as some crazy old lady who lives out in the country somewhere with about 5,000 cats running around the house, plus a few more sleeping in her bed!

For now, I rely on my cat memories like Mush’s bright half moustache to sustain me! And yes, I have since learned to pronounce and spell “moustache” correctly.

The moral of this story would be to embrace the uniqueness of all those around us, whether they are human or feline. Mush’s remarkable “stache” was a shining example of seeing things as assets that others might consider flaws.

Whether you are a cat lover, dog lover, are young, not-so-young, can grow a full beard or moustache, only have half of a moustache, or have no hair at all, try to bring out the “bright side” in others and always let others see “the bright side” in you.

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.

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