Pecan Grove (www.pecan-grove.net) Pecan Orchard and Senior Residence

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.

Thanks,

Ken

 

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!

Thanks,

Ken

 

May 31, 2019

May 2019

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:54 pm

Today, the last day of May, Lyle and Brad brought Ronald Elliott to join us as the 10th resident at PG.  The group picture shows Lyle and Brad with the 10 residents.  Della, Lois, Marybelle, Alice and Fern are in front.  Lyle, Elton, Gilbert, John, Ronald, Jack and Brad are in the back.

Catherine, Dominique’s cousin was here for the first week in May.  Here she’s with Kathy, Dominique and Mimi.  Jaida Klor has been working at PG for several months, living in our bunk house.  Here she is with her family, Malachi, Kim, Saige, Jaida and Scott.

William and Chris Williams from PA visited, here with Elton.  Also Gerry and Margaret Gunderson from CT.

Lilly and Courtney Eversley visited Fern, and the Bob and Esther Sutton visited.

Della received a beautiful bouquet on Mother’s day.  Wayne and Dawn Overby took Elton to his favorite restaurant.

Unfortunately one of our full-time staff, Jennifer Maddoux, fell off a 4 wheeler and broke her ankle in 2 places.  She’s having surgery today… but probably won’t be able to work for a while.  Then she’s considering moving to Oklahoma.  Jaida Klor is leaving at the end of June to get ready for college.  So… we’re looking for staff, full-time or part-time, to work at the residence.  If anyone knows someone… please let us know.

Ken

April 30, 2019

April 2019

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 10:39 am

April has been a beautiful, busy month!  A new resident, Della Bolt moved in to PG.  Della (86) raised 4 girls in Brunswick GA (Darlene, Christine, Henrietta and Della Mae,  in Brunswick GA) outlived 3 husbands, and spent the last 30 years living near Houston.  Her last husband, Guy Bolt, was a close friend of our family… built the house I was raised in, in Maryland and  Della was one of my mom’s best friends.  Della has been a big help wherever she’s been, and we’re glad for her influence already at PG.  Here she is her first day at PG and then with her daughters Chris and Della Mae and their husbands and granddaughter.

Jeannette Ford passed away in Fort Wayne IN.  Jeannette visited Esther Potts here several times, and then was a resident here for some months in 2015.  She fell and broke her hip, was in rehab here until it became clear she wouldn’t walk again…  so she was moved to a nursing home in Fort Wayne.  Here’s a picture of Jeannette enjoying hot fudge Sundays with Elton and Karen Cleveland when she first came to PG.  Also links to her funeral notes and pamphlet.

  Funeral notes for Jeannette Ford, April 21, 2019    Jeannette Ford Funeral Pamphlet

Alice turned 90 in April.  She has a big family, so she had lots of visitors!  They included Ron and Sharon Hanson with 2 daughters and a granddaughter, Roger and Marian Fryer, Charlie and Rosie Erickson, Lyle and Barb Davies, Karen Oetken, Mike and Carol Martin, Roger and Sue Erickson, Carol Erickson, and the Saldana family

My birthday was the same day as Alice’s, so… lots of food and visits.

John and Lois Culver’s brother passed away in TN.  They flew up for the funeral, and will return Thursday.  Here’s a picture of the Culvers with John, Norman and Tim Bradley at the back, Sue, Nell (Carl’s wife) and Lois in front.  The second picture is most of the workers that were at Carl’s funeral.

Other visitors in April included Mike and Karla Weber with Joyce, Cynthia Abate with Fern, Clayton and Pearl Strickland, and Linda Grotz with Marybelle.

 

Dominique Mille’s cousin Catherine from Paris is visiting for a few weeks.  Janice Witty from Ontario also visited.

We thought it was cute when our dog drug in a deer antler.  Until it gave us a flat!

Ken

March 31, 2019

March 2019

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Senior Residence — knewman @ 2:07 pm

Ruth Evans passed away in Georgia.  She had been at PG from May 2016 to July 2017.   Here’s a picture of her when she first came to PG, and a link to her funeral notes.  We heard that Ruth was rich… God made her rich… in riches she could take with her.  We’re glad we got to know her in her latter years.

            Ruth Evans funeral notes

Don and Jenny Waldo and their 3 kids, Ava, Jaina and Oscar came back for a visit.  They lived here a few years, and moved to Minn about 5 years ago.  Here they’re pictured with 2 of our grandkids, Katelyn and Dylan Kelleher.  Kathy’s aunt Jane (Morstad) Jacobsen, who lives near Plentywood, Montana and winters here in Magnolia, visited for a few days.  Here she’s playing Scrabble with Lois.

Sarah (Greenstreet) and Joel Kujath had a birthday celebration for Jane, and invited several of the residents and ourselves.  Sarah’s sister Sue (Greenstreet) Holladay and her daughter Katelyn were also there.  The first picture below shows Faith (Morstad) Braaksma (Jane’s daughter), Jane, John and Lois.  The second picture includes The Kujaths (except Weldon who took the picture), Faith’s husband Mike, Jack, Kathy and I.

Cindy Peter visited her brother Gary, who brought her to PG.  Here is Adrianna, Susan, Cindy and Gary Peter with Elton.  Also Cindy with Fern and Gilbert.

Glenn Thomas from NJ was passing through the airport here and had a layover, and wanted to see Fern. We took Fern and went to an Indian restaurant with Glenn.  Clinton Goff loves to get his mail, though he is far from being able to write.  We’re glad Cindy Johnson continues to help with his correspondence.  Judy Timmersman brought Cinda Taylor to visit.

Duane and Joan Hinkley invited all the residents to their home for lunch, and all were able to go.

Birthdays this month included John’s 93rd and Salena’s 26th.  John’s birthday cake was made of cupcakes with fishing poles and fish!  First he’s been able to catch in a long time!

Spring is beautiful!  The pecan trees are about the last to bud.  There are lots of flowers in the orchard.

Ken

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