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July 31, 2015

July 2015

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 12:23 pm

Betty returned from the hospital to PG at the end of June with Joyce helping her nearly 24/7, hospice coming several times a week, and several friends helping when needed.  She has declined tremendously… we certainly didn’t think she would live this long.  We’re learning more about the dying process… it is a process, and only God knows the final timing.  It isn’t an easy process, but we’re glad for the peace we feel as we see the peace she has.  We’ve had many visitors this month, many of which came to see Betty.

Here’s a picture of Betty in better days, her sister Patsy and family, the Glenda (Joyce’s co-worker) and the Poages… with Joyce.

BettyLee familyJoyce and GlendaPoages with Joyce

LaNell came to help with Betty for a few days.  Here she’s with her old friends Doris and Teresa.  Rocio and Celia visited, here with Samuel, Conchita and Joyce.  Herbie and Patty Barnett visited, here with Terry, Kim and Abigail Hoffman (who live on the farm), and Chip and Amy Leighton visited.  Finally, Mireille cutting Raymond s hair

Doris, LaNell, TeresaRocio and Celia visit Herbie, Patty and HoffmansAmy, Joyce, ChipMireille and Raymond

Jeannette continues to receive therapy in the same nursing home as Roger Cleveland.  At one point we had lost hope that she’d be able to return to PG… but she is making slow progress, and that hope is returning.  We brought her to PG for her 78th birthday.  The first picture below is in the nursing home.  Jeannette was using the microphone to communicate with Roger.  The other 3 pictures are at PG, with cake, with Esther and then with Elton and Jack.

Jeannette, Kathy, Elton, RogerJeannettes 78thEsther and JeannetteElton, Jeannette, Jack

Kathy and I had lunch at Red Bud Canyon this month.  Here’s a picture of the group that was there at the time.

Red Bud group

Philip Farris made a good suggestion… In the upper right corner of this blog there are now two “pages” added with the current and previous residents of PG listed.  I’ll try to keep these lists up to date.


June 30, 2015

June 2015

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 9:23 pm

June has been a difficult month at PG.  Jeannette fell and broke her femur.  They operated and nailed the bone back together.  She’s now in a rehab facility, recovering slowly.  If she isn’t significantly better by the end of the week she’ll be transferred to the Park Manor nursing home where Roger Cleveland is.  She’ll still receive PT and OT… and hopefully return to PG.  June Kyger came to help her from Indiana.  Here she is with June in the rehab facility, and earlier in the month (before her fall) with Karen when Karen was leaving for Columbia.

Jeannette and JuneJaennette and Karen

Betty Lawrence had a series of health problems, the most serious of which was a stroke.  Today they decided to put her on hospice care at PG, comfort measures only, so she was transferred from the hospital this evening.  Joyce has been with her in the hospital, and will continue to be with her at PG.

We had lots of visitors in June.  The first group below includes Geoff Murray from New Zealand, the McSpadden family, the Colsons and Josh Maki.  The second includes Sara Kujath, her kids and her sister Susan with Doris and Naomi.  The third is Esther with her nephew Henry and Phyllis Potts.  The last are the Valdez brothers and their wives.

Murray, McSpaddens, MakiKujathsPottsValdezs

Esther and Jennifer had birthdays in June.

Doris and Jennifer

Sorry, this isn’t about PG… but Kathy’s brother, Rick Johnson, 61, died of cancer in Minneapolis on Saturday.  The funeral was today, so I’m writing this from his home in Minneapolis.  The first picture below is of the family in 2011.  Rick is the second from the left.  Larry, the one on the left, died of cancer in 2013.  The second picture is of the workers at the funeral today.

Johnsons 2011Workers at Ricks Funeral

So, lots of sadness in June, but also much to be thankful for …






May 31, 2015

May 2015

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 7:15 pm

We’ve had a crazy amount of rain in May!  But it really hasn’t affected Pecan Grove very much.  A pecan tree blew over, the construction projects were delayed, the lake and pond are very full, the grass is growing like crazy.  There were some beautiful days, and many wonderful experiences.  Here are pictures from some good days:

Sr Center across LakeLily pad flower

Kathy and I took a 2 week trip, drove 4,200 miles to northern PA, down to GA and then home, visiting 28 homes.  Visits relevant to PG included seeing Mary Jane in NC (she had no idea who we were… but she’s very happy), visiting Doris’s sister Sandra in Birmingham, and Teresa’s niece Susan Shoemaker, also in Birmingham.

Mary Jane and KenSandra WilsonSusan and Kathy

Our dear Martha left… Bill and Lois Houston came to get her.  She’s promising to return.  Here she is with Esther, Jeannette and Bill and Lois.

Martha and EstherMartha and JeannetteMartha, Bill and Louis

The Grainger and Larson families came to visit (the mothers are identical twins).  Here they’re shown with some of the residents and Conchita.  Also a picture of Jeannette, Elton, Don, Martha and Leah at a restaurant.

Granger, Larson GroupJannette, Elton, Don, Martha, Leah

Karen Cleveland is here visiting her dad, Elton, and her uncle Roger, on her way to Columbia.  Also Ted Rozema is visiting from Redbud Canyon for a few days.  The first picture shows Karen and Ted with the Sanchez family.  The second is of Karen with her old companions, Naomi, Esther and Jeannette.

Ted and Karen with Sanchez familyNaomi, Esther, Karen, Jannette

Here’s Karen and Elton in his room, with family pictures behind.  The last picture is of most of the residents plus Salena and dad eating on the back porch… not something that happens often!

Karen and EltonGroup on Back Porch



April 30, 2015

April 2015

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 7:20 pm

What a terrible and wonderful month!  As most of you know, mom (Leona) died April 15th as a result of the same car accident that killed Bea at the end of last month (see last month’s post).  Bea’s funeral was April 4th, and mom’s was April 18th.  Bea’s funeral was held at PG.  Doug Murray and Jennifer Bartels had the funeral. There was a pot luck afterward.  I’ve sent notes to the email list, so will only include some photos now.  We set up about 150 chairs.  There were flowers and a picture of Bea on the mantel.  Bea’s granddaughter Donna, daughter Mary and Mary’s husband Clarence are shown holding flowers on the porch.  The last picture is of some of the group at the pot luck.

Set up for Bea's funeralBea's flowersBea's familyPot luck after funeral

We thought mom was going to live.  She was in ICU because of the stroke (which caused the accident) and brain injury (caused by the accident), but her mind was clear, she could talk some, and was improving.  Then pneumonia set in.  They put her on a ventilator to treat the pneumonia for several days, and when they removed the ventilator she wasn’t able to breathe on her own.  There were 7 of us with her when she died, talking to her and singing hymns.  She seemed unresponsive but thanks to the ICU monitors we could see her pulse change when we spoke to her or sang… so we know she heard us.  It was a moving, terrible/wonderful experience.  We’re glad for the strong conviction that she’s better off, and where she wants to be now.  Again, I’ve sent notes already, so will include pictures.  The first is of mom and dad, and the second of the family at mom’s 82nd birthday (she was 83 when she died).

Mom and DadMom's birthday

Joyce Lawrence and Audrey Fuller (mom’s cousin) had the funeral at a funeral home in Willis.  Again we had a pot luck at PG.  Then Pat Johnson (Kathy’s sister) prayed and spoke at the cemetery in Huntsville.  Here’s a picture of Joyce and Audrey, then another of all the workers that were there, Talus, Jorge, Doug, Audrey, Pat and Joyce.

Joyce, AudreyTalus, Jorge, Doug, Audrey, Pat, Joyce

We’ve had so many visitors, cards, messages… wonderful words of encouragement, that have helped make this terrible month a wonderful month.  We have so much to be thankful for.

Mom’s brother Lynn and Florence Fuller came to seem mom in the hospital, and were at Bea’s funeral.  Here they’re shown with Leah.  LeRoy came twice to visit Raymond, as he went to and from PA special meetings.

Florence, Leah, LynnLeRoy and Raymond

Jeff Chenault and David Cleveland came to visit Elton, arriving just in time for mom’s funeral.  They stayed a week and helped out at PG.  The second picture is of David with his uncle Roger at the nursing home in Conroe.

Jeff, Elton, DavidDavid with Roger

Georgia Aarestad, Ginny and Perry Welch came to visit Naomi.  This evening Paul, Cheryl and Pierce Olson are visiting Jeannette… Leah just sent me this photo of them with most of the residents (Raymond and Esther must have gone to bed), also dad, Joyce and Martha.

Naomi, Georgia, Ginny and PerryOlsons

Finally, a picture of our current residents and dad.

Back: Elton, Leah, Betty, Teresa, Raymond, Dad

Front: Naomi, Jean, Doris, Jeannette and Esther

Residents and dad

We’re so glad Leah Bolt has decided to stay on as a resident!  She’ll be returning to PA to sell her house etc… and coming back, maybe after Newry.



March 31, 2015

March 2015

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 8:48 pm

We have sad news from PG.  Friday mom (Leona) took Bea to the doctor, then they went out to eat. On the way back they ran off the road into some trees.  Bea had many broken bones, was lucid until yesterday and died this afternoon (Tuesday).  Bea was 96, had been at PG since February 2009, and was a dear soul with a wonderful spirit.  During her days in the hospital she had many visitors… many loved Bea.  Yesterday Bea couldn’t respond, but I thought she could hear.  I told her about the visitors she’d had, that many loved her, that we were sorry this happened but we trust the God we love… and she had much to look forward to.  Tears came to her eyes… so I know she understood.  We will really miss her at PG!  Bea’s funeral will be at PG on Saturday, April 4, 2015.  Here’s a picture of mom and Bea when Bea  arrived in 2009 and then a picture of Bea last month.

Leona and Bea 2009Bea and laundry basket

A CAT scan showed mom may have had a stroke, which could have caused her to run off the road.  She has multiple bleeds in her brain.  At first they thought they’d have to do surgery to release the pressure, but the pressure didn’t build and she remained alert.  With time the bleeds have improved.  She has fractured bones in her face, which must have hit the steering wheel, but otherwise she doesn’t have any fractures.  Her condition has improved, but is somewhat of a roller coaster with good and bad times.  Her throat is swollen (maybe from the stroke) so she can’t swallow yet.  The doctors warn us that it will be a long painful recovery.  Here’s a picture of mom a few weeks ago giving me a haircut.  The second is of dad, Katelyn, and mom with Lois and David Lancaster who were here from Maine for a visit.

Leona cutting Kens hairJack, Katelyn, Leona Lois DaveLancaster

After that sad news, it’s hard to continue…  but before the accident March was a wonderful month.  Two new residents arrived, Raymond Reece and Elton Cleveland.  Raymond was coming from a few weeks of special meetings in Mexico.  During that time he had congestive heart failure and was in bad shape when he arrived.  He felt he should go to a nursing home instead of assisted living.  He was placed on strong medication and lost 40 pounds of water in 3 weeks.  So now he’s much better, walking with his walker, getting to all the meals, bible studies and most meetings.  He gets overly anxious about trivial things sometimes, but that is improving as he gets used to being with us.  We really appreciate his help in the morning bible studies and his child-like spirit.  Here is a picture of Raymond and then Raymond with Elton, Karen, Sara, Jennifer and Jeannette.

Raymond ReeceElton, Jeannette, Karen, Sara, Raymond, Jennifer

Elton Cleveland (97) came a couple of days after Raymond.  His daughter Karen brought him and stayed for a week.  He’s enjoying PG and fitting in very well.  He’s also helpful in the bible studies and entertaining us with wonderful music.  He’s able to visit his brother Roger in the nursing home fairly often.  Here’s pictures of Karen and Elton wearing cowboy hats, Elton with Roger and playing the piano.

Karen, EltonElton & Roger ClevelandElton at piano

We had many visitors in March, including the Potts from Ohio, the Bartels from Iowa, Linda and Elinora shown with the Milles, the Myers brothers from Indiana, Leah and Della Bolt, Alicia with Joyce and Betty, and Celia and Rocio with Conchita.

Dwayne and Ellen Potts family with Jeannette and EstherJennifer with her parentsLinda, Elenora, Mireille, DominiqueLeah Bolt, K,aren, Della Mae, Della Bolt, LeonaJohn and Fay Myers with JeannetteRalph and Ginny Myers with JeannetteJoyce, Alicia, BettyCelia, Rocio, Conchita

Salena turned 22.  Here she’s shown with Esther, Bea and Kenny.  The second picture is a companion picture with Martha, Jeannette, Naomi, Esther and Karen.

Salinas birthdayCompanions

Samuel had a birthday celebrated twice.

Samuel and ConchitaSamuels birthday group

We had the wonderful experience of seeing Don Lewis return after many years.  He’s related to the Goffs and remembers Esther from many years ago.  He lives in the sticks not too far from PG.  Here he is with Jennifer and Sara.  Also a picture of 3 of our staff, Jashell, Conchita and Lala.

Don Lewis with Jennifer and SaraJashell, Conchita, Lala

A few more in case you haven’t had enough!

Jeannette,Elton,K-HotFudgeSundaesEsther and KarenElton, Ken, Raymond



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