United Presbyterian Home news

Donna Orris shared birthday treats with diners in the Moore Family Dining Room at noon last Friday. The donut-like muffins were compliments of Donna’s daughter, Sue Mertz. Sue also treated Donna to a birthday supper later that evening.

Royal resident, Betty Beenblossom has been blessed with a second granddaughter to grace a homecoming court this year as Kaitlyn Glosser became a member of the Pekin Homecoming Court. Kaitlyn resides in Packwood and is the daughter of Michelle and Justin Glosser. Betty’s granddaughter, Brynn Beenblossom was a member of the WHS Homecoming Court two weeks ago.

Residents are taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather to walk down the street to view Halloween decorations at the neighboring house. Each year the household located in the 1200 block of East Washington Street gets creative with decorations for the haunted season displaying ghosts, witches, goblins and tombstones on their front porch and hanging from the roof.

It appears that everyone will get a turn at a COVID-19 birthday this year to celebrate in a fashion of small group distancing. Most recently Doris Davison, Brad Goff and Mary Meeker celebrated their birthdays this way. Mary Meeker woke up to see a yard sign announcing her birthday this past weekend.

In surprising flash-mop style, friends gathered a block from the Colby cottage before marching down the street where they sang a boisterous Happy Birthday to Betty in recognition of her birthday on Friday.

Mary Redlinger was the recipient of many cards, flowers and cookies this week as she celebrated her birthday. Mary shared the five dozen cookies with other residents and staff at lunch time.

Over thirty-five works of art by some amazingly talented residents line the hallway between UP with Daycare and the Wellness Center for residents to enjoy through a self-guided tour. Artists include Nancy Albert, Pat Bagley, Connie Bauer, Betty Beenblossom, Carolyn Dixon, Lucy Landon, Jana Nieman, Carol Thornton and Gwen Ying. Their works are varied in subject as well as medium to include landscapes, people, birds and flowers in and mediums of oil paints, water color, chalk and pencil water color. It is fun to see their work each year and watch their talents grow.

One of the nicest deliveries ever made was a surprise gift from Don’s Jewelry dropped off for Director of Nursing, Mindy Hallett. Enclosed was a bright and sparkling new ring for no occasion other than to say “I love you.” The delivery was brought to the door by two of her smallest children who were excited to make the delivery.

The United Presbyterian Home Campus is a designated no smoking area so imagine our surprise when staff members entered the lobby to find several ladies with cigarettes in hand and mouth. Those silly ladies tried to make us believe they were rebels disobeying the rules while they took a trip down memory lane with candied cigarettes. We wonder if their families know that they smoke.