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Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center

Hello from our home to your home, it has been a while since we have written any news.  We have had our Annual Fall Festival with a large number of family members attending.  The music was by The Gospel Strings, The Rod Humbryd Bluegrass Band and Jam Dandy.  Everyone enjoyed a dinner of chili with all the works.  It was a great evening to visit and get to know our new families.

Our Golden Age Games were held on October 26th at Cabool High School with twelve other nursing homes competing against us.  Our team members came back with several gold, silver and bronze metals.   We took top place in overall high score and top place in Team Spirit and brought back the traveling trophy for the eighth year in a row.  Scroll Compressors was our sponsor again this year and we hope we made them proud.  Our theme was western. Mike Burris built our set, we had a stagecoach and it was pulled by two horses.  The stage coach was life size and Marci Caudill and Carrie Adams enjoyed being the drivers.  We opened our grand salute singing the song “Rawhide”.  Mike is really amazing in what he comes up with.  He made a frame for my pictures that I won 1st place. We were proud of our group  Tonya, Shelly and Sharon were saloon girls and the rest of us were dressed in jeans,  black leather vests, cowboy hats and bandanas with our sheriff’s badges.  We totally rocked.  We were proud of all of our group for their pep and energy and many won medals.

On Halloween night we opened our home to all the little goblins and ghosts.  We passed out candy until 8:00 that night.  We had fun with all the children and all the big children who visited with us.   Our home has been busy with the regular activities in spite of all the extra going on.   Tom Hawkins has kept up the regular Bible studies and churches have come to lead in songs and worship.  Visitors have been plentiful, helpful and friendly.  Mr. Ed Teeple visited with us and brought a supply of red roses to cheer and brighten our rooms.

We have no more 100 degree days.  It is nice and cool now in the 60’s and 40’s at night.  I think we had one killing frost.

The residents and staff all got their flu shots the other day.  Hopefully we are protected from some of the flu now.

We have saddness amongst our residents. Veva Hann , who has been a resident here for years and also worked here on staff many years, has passed on to her eternal home.  Wanda Moore, who was over ninety just quietly went to a peaceful sleep during the night, Wanda was a wonderful Christan woman.  Virgina Stafford Thurman, after many days of failing health and family by side, went to her eternal rest. Ms. Cindy Fitzgerald, Bonnie Frye, Jean Rieken and Edith Pericifield also passed away.  Our prayers and sympathy go to all of the families who have lost their loved ones.

It isn’t usual that we have so many to leave us in this way so short a time, and  it causes a sadness for all of us through we know it is God’s mercy for them to go.

Our Sunday School class was led by Pastor John Haskins as we studied the attributes of God.  We had good discussion and some educational comments.  We had some enjoyable visitors, also.  Bro. Larry Moore was also present and placed himself among us as a “pupil”. but wisely made some good comments.  We were glad to have Angie Adams and Danny Ousley with us as they were baptized last Sunday night at Ava General Baptist Church with Bro. Oren Alcorn doing the service.  Rocky Tabor and Rick Miller helped with the baptism.  We appreciate this very much, everyone was very excited over the baptism.

The election came and went here at our home.  May God help us to show Christian love at all times as we live among those who need tender loving care.  May God Bless our nation and lead all of our newly elected leaders to reinforce our nation as a Christian nation to be a good example for the people of the other countries of the world.

Next week is our annual Thanksgiving Dinner to be held on Tuesday, November 20th.  If your loved one lives on the East side we will be serving dinner at 11:00 a.m. and if your loved one lives on the west side we will be serving dinner at 1:00 p.m.  The dietary staff will be serving turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, Jonnie’s famous hot rolls, and pie of your choice.  Please call to tell us how many will be in your party.  The number is 683-4129.

We would like to welcome new residents to our home, they are Mack Miller, Joann Pond, Catherine Boyer, Alice Silvey and Neil Adams.

Congratulations on Sandra Anderson, James Smith, John Hamilton and Raymond Lakey on getting to go home during the month of October.

We appreciate all of the volunteers, groups and churches who were here during this month.  God Bless You From Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, MO.

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