Pecan Grove ( Pecan Orchard and Senior Residence

February 29, 2020

February 2020

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 8:20 pm

February has been wonderful.  Special meeting time in Texas.  The workers meeting was here again.

There were about 55 of us for lunch afterward at the residence.  HL Hill had given us about 60 bass fillets, so we fried fish!

Yesterday was Mimi Mille’s birthday, so we had another group lunch.  My sister Ronda and Mike Rosamond are here from Arkansas, and Dad was with us.

Ken and Mary MacAdams were here the end of last month and the beginning of February, from New Mexico.

David Cleveland was here several days visiting Elton, and had a visit with Martin Wilson.

Lynden and Nadene Laird with Earlyn Laird visited Fern.  Fern likes her Amaryllis.

Patty Maki had a birthday this month.  Marilyn Stafford and Joanna Bishop came from Louisiana to visit Gilbert and Lois.

Harold and Anna VanSickle visited Marilynn Frye.  Mike and Carol Martin visited Alice.  Lyle and Grace Burchill came with LeRoy Sandford.

Shawn Bass was visiting, and has decided to work at PG.  Here he’s with Penny Clinton. Jennifer Maddoux left, so Shawn will be filling that position.  Dad was here several times, but still isn’t able to stay full time.  Here he’s with John and Della.  Anna Laura from Mexico visited again.  Here she’s singing Spanish hymns with Ronald and Alice.

Paul and Paula Hoover and sons Jesse and Nelson just arrived, will be here for Union meeting tomorrow.  Here they are with Mike and Ronda and Kathy.  Paula’s sister Becky and Mike Hapner are in Ronda and Mike’s meeting in Arkansas.

Thanks for your care.




December 31, 2019

December 2019

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 9:10 pm

Our 9 residents are doing fairly well.  Here’s a picture taken this morning. Note that the ages of the residents are given in the Residents at PG page in the upper right corner of this blog.

Elton Cleveland, Gilbert Reese, Ronald Elliott, John Culver

Alice Oetken, Della Bolt, Fern Duncan, Marybelle Armstrong, Lois Culver

Clinton Goff, in a nursing home here, has gone down some.  We haven’t seen him out of bed this month.  He’s more confused and more difficult to communicate with.

We had a lot of visitors at Christmas.  Ruth Warner came from Mississippi to visit Lois and brought Dorothy Eygabroad from Louisiana with her.  Mona Reece came to visit Marybelle.  Rachel Potter came to see Alice and brought Ruth Taplin with her.  LeRoy Lerwick was with us for a few days while Lyle was away.  One of our staff, Penny Clinton, had surgery, so Patty Maki filled in for a few weeks.  Here’s pictures of most of them, along with the cooks.  We even had Shoo Fly pie!

James and Jan Coker brought Steve Peirson down to see Fern.  They went to Clarence’s for meeting Sunday with Elton and the Milles.

Myra and Ray Klepzig were here for Union Sunday.  Sandra Browning visited, shown with the Milles, Ruth Dorothy and Alice.  Carol and Mike Martin visited Alice.

The Overby’s had their daughter Kari and family here.  Parker Vybrial, Luis Rosas, Roy Rosas and Justin Bartz came for a day.  Luis and Justin are part-time staff at the residence.  Tony and Donna Hottell visited.

Della’s nephew Charles and Angela Strong visited.  Also her daughter Della Mae and great grandson Jonathan visited.  Her grandson Adam visited from New York.

Both Ronald and Lois turned 92 in December.

Dad (Jack Newman) is content in an assisted living facility with 24/7 care in Conroe.  Here he’s ready to go with us to meeting, with Dylan and Katelyn and then Dylan feeding a donkey in dad’s assisted living center (only in Texas!).

If you don’t like the weather in southeast Texas, come in December!  It’s beautiful!

Happy New Year!


November 30, 2019

November 2019

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:11 pm

All 9 residents are doing fairly well.  As mentioned last month, Dad (Jack) was moved into a type B assisted living center in Conroe November 1.  He has improved somewhat… is able to get out to meetings and family functions, but still needs 24/7 care that we can’t provide at PG.  We hope that will change.  Here are pictures of him in the assisted living place he is in now, with our 6 grandchildren and with Elton.

Marybelle’s relatives took her to Austin for Thanksgiving, and Della’s daughters took her to Woodville for Thanksgiving.

There were lots of visitors at PG in November.  Unfortunately we didn’t get pictures of all of them.  LeRoy Sandford and Randy Satterfield visited, shown here together, then LeRoy with Mr. Gilbert, and then singing.

Jeff and Patricia Oliver, Fred and Sue Fite, and Berry and Jessie Mulford from Oklahoma visited.

Brad and Alicia Wade with Maggie, Mia and Ryder, then Ray and Myra Klepzig, and then John and Rachelle  Roberson, Stephen and Michael visited.

Don and Charlotte Shaner from Virginia visited.  Patty Maki has started working part-time… we’re glad for her help.  Here she’s with Salena and Justin.  Luis Rosas turned 23 in November.

Kathy and I took our yearly trip to Aberdeen Scotland.  Here’s Alex Main waiting in his doorway for us to come to Sunday meeting, and the workers there, Edgar Lowe and Keith Drury.

We also went to my brother’s for Thanksgiving.  Here are the 3 Newmans with their spouses, Kathy and Ken, Ronda and Mike Rosamond, Ann and Brent. Also the 4 workers that were there, Jennifer Grady, Joyce Lawrence, Mary Hammack, and Suzanne McCorkell.




October 31, 2019

October 2019

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 7:04 pm

Mary Jane Pike (79) passed away in North Carolina.  She was here at PG from November 2012 till October 2014.   She was young for PG, but had Alzheimers, so her passing would be a sweet release.  Here’s a picture of Mary Jane with Waverley Pierson.

Dad (Jack) hasn’t recovered very well from the fall mentioned last month.  He’s been in rehab most of the month and is now in a nursing home.  Tomorrow (Nov 1) we will move him into a type B assisted living center in Conroe.  PG is type A, which means we can do only limited “personal care”.  Type B has much more care which Dad needs for now.  We hope at some point he’ll be able to return to PG, time will tell.  Here’s a picture of him in the nursing home with my sister Ronda, Kathy and myself.

I noted when updating the PG residents list for Mary Jane and Dad (link in the upper right corner of this blog), that of the 30 residents we’ve had, 9 are still here and only 3 others are still living (Dad, Clinton and Leah).

Ray Hoffmann and Herbie Barnett just stopped by for a quick supper on their way to visit Clinton Goff.  Wayne and Dawn Overby joined us.  Here they are with 8 of the 9 residents.  Gilbert Reese had already gone to bed.  The residents, up front are Della and Marybelle.  In the back, Fern, Elton, Lois, John, Ronald and Alice.

Elton’s 102nd birthday was Oct 10th.  His daughter, Cheryl Hutchinson and son David Cleveland came.  Daughter Karen Cleveland was included from Columbia by Skype.

Cheryl’s 2 children, Matt and Elizabeth and Matt’s family, as well as Connecticut friends Gerry and Margaret Gunderson also came. Names are included with the pictures below.

8 of the 9 residents attended Georgetown convention.  Gilbert Reese stayed at PG and Gloria Reese came from Minneapolis to stay with him.  John and Lois also attended Mountain Peak. All the meetings from those 2 conventions could be heard over the speaker system at PG.  Alice also listened to Georgetown Spanish.

After Texarkana convention Jeff Thayer, Sharon Carroll and Peggy Jansen visited.  Jeff had a nice long visit with Clinton Goff in the nursing home in Conroe.  It’s amazing how well Clinton could remember details about Jeff’s first year in the work (with Clinton), but he knows very little about the present.

Roger Ramsden visited after Mountain Peak.  Here he’s with Dominique and Mimi Mille, and then visiting with the residents and Joyce Lawrence. He also had a good visit with Clinton (no picture).  Joyce left Texas yesterday for North Carolina for a year.

Other visitors included Mary Macauley and Linda Hockaday, (with Lois), and Ruth Taplin (with Patty Maki).

Betty Braasch and Marilynn Frye visited, along with Jarlet and Yaneth Sanchez, their children and Yaneth’s mother.  Also John, Dennis and Ginny Coker visited, shown with 6 residents.

Ronda and Kathleen Stancliff (with Della at Georgetown) and Ron and Bonnie Haptonstall (with Marybelle).  Della’s daughter Della Mae and her grandson Jonathan visited Della.

2 young men are now working part-time at PG.  Justin Bartz from Magnolia (north Houston field) is shown below with Salena and Jennifer.  The other is Luis Rosas (no picture) from Pearland (south Houston field).  Abigail Hoffman, who also works part-time and lives on the farm, turned 21.




August 31, 2019

August 2018

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 2:04 pm

August has been another busy month.  Fern traveled to Boston and went to conventions at Milford and Altamont.  Alice traveled with Joyce to Mexico for Jauregui and Monterrey conventions.  Lois and John were to go to KY/TN for conventions but Lois fell and has a lot of pain in one hip, and John went to the hospital with pneumonia!  John is better and is now in a rehab hospital taking PT to get his strength back.  Clarence Roachell is coming to PG on a temporary basis initially the first week in September.  If he stays, he’ll be our 11th resident.  The pictures below are of Joyce and Alice leaving for Monterrey, and then the meeting last Sunday at Clarence’s place.  Clarence is on the right beside Alice.  George and Nita Tasic visited from Granbury.  I’ll include their picture here since they are in the photo at Clarence’s.

Lots of grandchildren visited in August.  Our 6, Mille’s 5 and Overby’s 5.  The only picture we have is of the Overbys.  Marybelle was complaining about pain in her leg and moving very slowly until Katelyn and Dylan got on her walker.  Then she took off running!  The last picture is of my nephew Brandon and Tamara Chandler who came from Arkansas with their 3 kids and some friends of theirs, along with dad and ourselves.

A family of friends from Vietnam who are now living in California visited the Milles.  They were good friends of the Milles during the 13 years they lived in VN.  We remember them well from our visits there.  Here they are shown with Mimi, and then with our sisters Rachel and Sarah.

Mike and Laurie Jagielski visited from Arlington, shown with John and Della behind.  Pedro and Sary, Oliver and Meghan Rodriguez visited from San Antonio.  Dad turned 86.

Yvonne Park who labors in Venezuela visited the Santiago family and the Lloyds, shown in the first picture.  Jarlet Santiagl brought her to PG for a visit.  Ronald spent some time in Venezuela years ago.

Lots of big things in Texas!




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