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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 19, 2014

Halcyon House

May 30, 2013

Welcome to Gladys Ferguson who joined the Halcyon House family over the weekend.

Gladys will be ready to relax after she is settled. Gladys was the secretary/receptionist for Dr. William Tweeton for the past 19 years. Many will also remember Gladys from her 10-year tenure at the local Sears store. Gladys has a son, Steve, who lives in Washington. Reading, visiting, eating, volunteering and playing Bingo are some of her interests.

Halcyon friends and neighbors extend their sympathy to the family of Patti Maas. Patti loved her family and they had a great presence at Halcyon always taking their mom to grandchildrens' events, rides, overnight excursions, the Kernels games and spending quality time together. Patti and house cat Jake also had a special bond.

Richard and Malinda Meeks of Mountain Home, Ark., spent a couple of days with his mother, Mary Meeks. They took flowers to the graves at the cemeteries in Ainsworth and Washington. On Friday evening, sister Audra and her daughter, Jeannie, and niece, Raberta Shafer of Fairfield, gathered at Mary’s apartment for pizza. Richard and Malinda drove Mary to Ainsworth for the Alumni Banquet. Richard also joined 11 of his classmates for their 50th class reunion. Richard and Malinda had been camping at Marr Park and left Sunday to visit their son in North Liberty.

Shelley Hoffman and Vickie Banks were joined by Lyle Darbyshire, Ellen Glassel, Ruth Zehr, Pat Renaud, Florence Graber, Glenn Ellis, Lottie Hodgeman and Mary Brown on a road trip to Kalona where they visited the Maple Avenue Green House and stopped for a baked treat from the bakery.

Edie Trotter had a wonderful weekend with her granddaughters who stayed on campus in the Halcyon guest room. Bill and Mary of Perry were also weekend visitors.

June Hagist enjoyed the company of her son Tom and Betsy Dodder of St. Paul, Minn., and daughters Judy and Clifford Duke from Litchfield, Ill., and Jo and Dick Greiner and sons Mike and Nick. They had a family pizza party in the Day Lounge on Saturday evening.

The National Senior Health and Fitness Day was supported by residents playing games such as ring toss, bull’s eye, putting green and a multitude of brain teaser questions. The Spelling Bee was a fun event with Victoria Griffith being the victor. The events were held indoors because of the unpredictable weather. The day concluded with the evening meal of Windsor chops, twice-baked potatoes, seven-layer salad, honey dill carrots, dinner roll and scalloped pineapple with swing dance music playing in the background.

The Washington Church of God hosted the Sunday Church Service in the Epworth Chapel. The Rev. Delmer Elmore’s sermon was “Remembrance” and the Scripture was from Matthew 4. Marie Elmore provided the music and the Rev. Elmore played the guitar.

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