By Christine Lees
Waldron Nursing Center Residents had a wonderful time on the fall outing to Golden Corral. The residents really enjoyed seeing the new renovations that had been made since we were there last. Everyone left with a very full stomach and some bags of cotton candy to go. Going on the trip was residents, Floraine Valentine, Paul Davis, Janis Hull, Iva Darling, James Browning, Richard Warner, Hoyt Goodner and Dianne Brennan. Assisting staff included Alex Carter driving one of the Nursing Center Vans, Bonnie Thompson driving the second van and Pastor Ken Overturf driving the Baptist church bus. We are always so grateful that they are willing to help us out with our outings. Mitchell Freeman assisted with the wheelchairs and walkers. Family members who came to assist were Floraine’s sisters, Elaine Mahaffey and Wilma Butler, her brother-in-law, James Browning’s daughter, Kathryn Browning, Richard Warner’s brother and wife, Ray and Linda Warner, volunteer Pat Morales, nurse Anne Mathews and myself. I appreciate everything that was done to make this trip very enjoyable for the residents. We always appreciate our Administrator Fred Watts for footing the bill. If you would like to see some piled high plates just take a peek at the photos on the wall. Especially those with the many kinds of desserts, but don’t look too hard at Pat’s plate. We also remembered our past friend Eddie whose favorite was teasing Pat about how much pie she ate and asking the residents if he needed to stop on the way back for hamburgers.
Other events this week included Sunday singing with James Self, Monday reminiscence with Diane Miller, bingo on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon with volunteers Doyle Wayne, Kathy Cabe and Pat Morales all helping out at the games. Pat Morales is also great with helping us do the crafts. On Tuesday we had trivia and nail painting with Alex, Worship services with Mike Shaddon and Wednesday night services with Ray Jett.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Larry Justice and wife for the loss of their son. Our thoughts will be with them in the many sad days ahead. Larry has been very faithful over the years to bring the services to our residents but we certainly understand that at times a break has to take place.
The Memory Train program will be here December 4 at 10 a.m. to honor all of our residents who passed away in 2019 with the lighting of a candle in their memory. Anyone is welcome to come to this program.
In closing, our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Lois (El Wanda) Harper. We have all loved her since she came to us from Mena and will miss her greatly. She was such a lovely lady.