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Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center

Hello from our home to your home, and nice cheerful greeting from all at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center.  Our long promised snow has finally arrived during the first of the week. It presented us with a beautiful white snowy visa this morning. It is still snowing, schools are closed and a day before us to fill with love, good deeds and kindness.  We went on a good van ride with our enjoyable tour guide that explained the area from a personal view point for us as he used to live in that area and we had never been that route before.  We also visited with Patsy Moore as we drove down to their boarding stables.  Larry is our Sunday school teacher.   We had our Sonic treats after finishing the ride and by that time it was almost time for lunch, so we really enjoyed what we ordered.  In the afternoon it was time for the birthday party for all of the birthdays in February.  Residents having birthdays were Delma Swain, Norma Kennedy, Maxine Lirley, Norma Jennings, Faye Humbryd and Bonnie Frye.  Roy Murrill, Joan Lawrence, Sonya Howerton, The Laffertys and Bob  Huskey was here keeping us on our birthday toes.   Pauline Murrill  gig danced with Sonya Howerton playing the guitar.  Sonya also entertained with some ragtime music on the piano.  Ava Assembly of God  provided the birthday cakes.  Staff helped pass out the cake and ice cream.  Willene Adams always misses the birthday party by playing cards at the Senior Center. What a sacrifice!

Everyone seemed cheerful at breakfast this morning.  I was  dissappointed as well as the puzzle workers to see our jig-saw puzzles was on the ground.  We know that things happen, but I was really getting into that puzzle. Now, we think some puzzle pieces are missing, so we will start a new one.

A couple of our residents are home from the hospital. They are missed when they are gone.

We had a good group playing Pokeeno Saturday afternoon with candy treats for the winners.  We also had a good music in the morning with Norma Stillings, and Bro. Tom Hawkins  encouraged us with a good Bible study.  Maxine Lirley and Willene Adams went out to Redbank for church with Jean and Jerry Huff.  A valentines dinner followed the church service at which they especially honored Maxine on her eighty-ninth birthday.  I was really pleased that a number of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present to celebrate with me as well as all the faithful church members.  Willene is one of the charter members of Redbank Church organized in 1946 and I was clerk and treasurer for many years.  Both of us ladies taught Bible classes for Sunday school and Training Union and were in Women’s Missionary Society activites.

We live with the elderly generation here at this home and are very thankful for the good care and Christian atmosphere provided for us each and every day.  We have church services and Christian music quite often here at our home.

We are thankful for all volunteers and helpers and say you are welcome to come and visit with us at any time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Marsha Carter and family.  Marsha lost her husband Mike Carter, he had worked for many years here at our home.  He was loved by everyone.  Please remember them in your prayers.  God Bless You from Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, MO.

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