Pecan Grove ( Pecan Orchard and Senior Residence

January 31, 2020

January 2020

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 10:44 pm

All at PG are doing fairly well.  Some new medicine has made a big difference for Fern.  She’s smiling a lot more!  Gilbert vomited blood and spent a night in the hospital, but they didn’t find anything wrong.  Dad went to the hospital twice with chest pain, but they couldn’t find anything wrong.  Marybelle has to use a wheel chair sometimes due to hip pain. Other times she gets around fine with her walker.  Elton, John, Lois and Alice have started using walkers, at least some of the time.  So the only ones not using a walker are Ronald, Gilbert and Della!

Don Barber, Randy Satterfield, David and Rebecca Larson came to PG to see Mr. Gilbert.  The morning they came we took him to the hospital, so they went to see him there.  Kathy and I were away when Dad was sent to the emergency room (twice).  Here Kenny is with him.

Dan Wilbur’s brother John came for special meeting rounds.  Dan and Liz brought him to PG.  Here’s Dan and John and then a sing they had while here.

Four birthdays in January.  Mr. Gilbert turned 96, Marybelle 94, Della 87 and Penny (one of the staff) 43.

Dennis and Carol Printz came to take LeRoy Lerwick to their place in Midland.  He then traveled on to family in South Dakota.  Here are Dennis, Carol, LeRoy and Lyle.  Also Lavern Branson visited Marybelle, and Sharon and Ralph Barndt came from Wyoming and visited Della.

Frank and Wanda Burhans visited from Missouri.  Here they’re with Ronald, Gilbert, John and Marybelle.  Della’s daughter Chris and her husband Mike came for Della’s birthday.  Robert Klingler visited, shown here with Ronald.

Ken and Mary MacAdams from New Mexico arrived this evening for the weekend.  We had supper with Kathy’s aunt Jane (Morsted) Jacobsen and her 3 daughters, Faith Braaksma, Jennifer Burdick (and her husband Eldon) and Monica Bergh.

We had several visitors we didn’t get pictures of… as usual.  Sure glad for all who visit!



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.




September 30, 2019

September 2019

Filed under: Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:48 pm

Kent and Linda Opel brought Tim Hamilton (New Zealand) to visit.  At that time we had 11 residents.  Clarence Rochelle was here temporarily.  Soon after this Dad (Jack Newman) had a bad fall and is still in  a rehab hospital.  We hope he’ll be coming home next week.  Here’s a picture of the residents (Alice is missing), with Kent, Linda and Tim.  The residents in the back row are Gilbert, Ronald, John, Clarence and Jack.  Those in the front row are Lois, Fern, Della and Marybelle.

John came home from the rehab hospital on oxygen.  He gradually improved and now doesn’t need the oxygen.  He seems to have fully recovered from his bout with pneumonia.  Marybelle sometimes has to use a wheelchair because of pain, and other times is able to walk fairly well.

Dominique and Mimi became American citizens!  We’re glad to have them in the US, but even more at PG!

Ron and Anna Furrow visited their son Brendan (married to our daughter Karla).  Here’s the furrows, Karin, Kathy and our 6 grandchildren.  Justin Bartz started working part-time at PG while he goes to college.  Here he’s with his family (wearing an apron).  Lois Rosas has also started working part-time while going to college… we don’t have a picture of him yet.  We’ve only had one man work in the senior residence in the past (Corey Stephens)… now we have 2 at the same time!

Eric and Tina Dean from Massachusetts were here for a visit.  Kathy and I spent the first 3 weeks of September in China.  There were a few days of business, but most of the time we were visiting… wonderful, encouraging visits.  When we returned we did a presentation to the residents and local friends.

In Hong Kong we “ran into” Lewis and Merle Stronge from New Zealand.  Lewis and his brother Nathan visited our apartment in Lanham Maryland October 27, 1979, for a crab feast!  It was amazing to run into each other after so many years.  Here’s 1 picture from Hong Kong and 3 from 1979.  If you’ve never had a mess of Maryland crabs… you’re missing a real mess!




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