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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

Halcyon House

Jul 17, 2014

Betty Porter was at the height of her glory as she was surrounded by her family. Roberta and Joe along with Jim, Tom, and Kadin Schiebel, Teresa Shepherd and Patsy Porter were joined by Ray and Julie Porter from Elk Grove, Calif., as well as Richard and Jolene Porter from Urbandale and their son, Mike, Laura, Genevieve and Lillian Porter of Ankeny along with Sarah and Ryan Davis of West Des Moines gathered at Betty’s apartment home. The family played games, cards and some tried their hand on the golf course. It is amazing how each get together unfolds yet another story that Betty hadn’t heard before.

Halcyon offers condolences to Ole Gingerich and family. Adeline is remembered by her family and friends as a wonderful person who was always doing for others, especially the children. It is now her turn to soar with the angels in heaven.

Rex Allen Severt Jr. was here from Urbandale visiting with his dad, Rex Severt, on Tuesday. They had lunch in the Timmins Dining Room. Rumor has it that they were cut from the same cloth.

Betty had an amazing surprise from her Iowa City daughter, Donna, where she was informed that her first-born grandson, Keith Dunham, was coming from Austin, Texas, on business and they would be picking him up at the Eastern Iowa Airport. They had lunch together at Monica’s in Iowa City and had a lot of catching up as they haven’t been together for a couple of years.

Phil Kneen looks forward to his visits from longtime friend, Leon Hilfman. Card playing and sharing amazing stories from the past are always at the top of the agenda.

Ardice Blakenhorn and her two daughters, Donna Vick of Cedar Rapids and Jackie Messer traveled from Knoxville, Tenn., and had a fun time together. They had a great time shopping, playing cards and sightseeing. Jackie and Ardice were guests of Michelle Davis in North Liberty along with the opportunity to be with granddaughter Alicia and great-grandson Gavin.

WesleyLife celebrated its 67th anniversary throughout the week of July 7. There were many events held beginning each day with a daily devotional. Monday was Heritage Day with residents sharing precious items from their childhood. We loaded up and visited Columbus Junction to see the sites, a stop at the ice cream shop and on to visit Bob and Peg Gerot’s beautiful family farm. A scavenger hunt was enjoyed on Wednesday. Melissa Turner led the outdoor yoga class and a dietitian made and served several healthy snacks and talked about the Blue Zone on Thursday. The grand finale on Friday was enjoyed by residents with a wonderful lunch, music duo by “Too Young To Quit” followed by presentations of awards to honor Halcyon House for winning the “Best Video” from all the Wesley Campus participants in Des Moines, Urbandale, Pella, Newton, Atlantic and Indianola.

Darlene Flynn was awarded the overall winner of the Wellness Campaign. Darlene is a very humble lady who goes above and beyond. Her day usually begins with a walk of a mile or two before she starts the yard work. On any given day, she can be found watering, fertilizing, weeding and lovingly tending to the beautiful flowers around the campus. She volunteers at school where daughter Cindy Lebsack teaches, is attentive to her friends and their needs, has made over 140 quilts, is a wonderful mother and the nicest person you could ever hope to meet.

The memorabilia that the residents shared with one  another at Heritage Day was priceless. An example was the 90-year-old baby doll dress and stockings that were made by Maxine Davisson’s grandmother. Sybil Thornton read a letter from her great-great-grandfather that was addressed to his wife during the Civil War. Denny Sorrell displayed his 70-year-old Adams Road Maintainer that he has proudly owned since the age of 5. Enid Tweeton had a 1928 photo of her sister, Victoria Jean, that Enid threatened to put down the sewer when she annoyed her, and countless other prized possessions.

 

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