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Hello from our home to your home, we don’t know what to expect from the weather, one day it’s really nice, the next day it’s cold and damp.  Just a bright reminder that Spring is just around the corner.  Saturday morning Ms. Norma Stillings played the piano and Bro. Tom Hawkins brought the message.

Sunday morning Sunday School time was changed to 10:00 and it went fine, Bro. John taught the class.   In the afternoon Mound Church was here for the Sunday Service.

The Cooking Club met and made up a delicious cheese, rotell, onions and sausage dip.  The residents enjoyed sharing the dip with family members and staff.   They got a five star rating.

Ava Victory Academy was here for a morning of visiting with us and handing out Valentine cards.  Mrs. Mitchell’s class was very helpful in giving residents rides to their rooms.  They also passed out candy treats which were enjoyed by everyone.  Later, in the morning we played the game, Get a Different Name.  Only two people wanted to change their names.   Evelyn Harper, the candy lady called games and brought the residents a new puzzle, it was of the Twin Towers.  Mrs. Evelyn volunteers for Hospice Compassus.

After game time Whitney Pollard, opened up the Three Rivers Hospice Nail Clinic and cut and polished nails. Our residents love this  and they love Whitney.

On Wednesday, February 13th we celebrated all the resident’s birthdays for the month of February as well as our President’s birthdays.  We had good music by Roy and Pauline Murrill and Sonya Howerton.   Mildred Watson, Mrs. Heriford and Faye Case sang a couple of songs for us.  We truly enjoyed the beautiful music.  Ava Assembly of God furnished the birthday cakes for the party.

Then on Thursday, Feb. 14th we celebrated Valentines Day with the election of our new King and Queen for the coming year.  King of Heart of the Ozarks and Queen of Heart of the Ozarks for the coming year is King Bill Herrington and Queen Georgia Graf.  The Dietary department made red velvet cupcakes for the party and served punch.  Our entertainment was Tommy Roberts who played the piano for us.  Everyone had a wonderful day celebrating Valentines Day.   The local 4-H Club made Valentine gifts for all of the Veterans’ in our home.  They loved the gifts and beautiful cards.   Moe Melton baked 10 dozen cookies for the residents, and they enjoyed them with their lunch.

The Ava United Methodist Frogs Club was here for a Valentine Program with the residents, they sang us several songs, and made us feel so special.  Valentine ornaments and chocolate candy were handed out to the residents.

I, (Maxine Lirley), celebrated my 90th birthday with visits from my children who live locally, Gary and Alice Lirley, James and Debbie Lirley and Mattie and Jean Lirley Huff and husband, Jerry.  Jerry and Jean were married on Feb 14th and they celebrated their anniversary too. It was really a big day of celebrations and ice cream and delicious cake were served and add to that a telephone birthday visit from my daughter, Judith Ann Lirley Smith, who lives in Marshall, MO.

Friday the Sonshine Group was here and everyone had a good time visiting, singing and laughing along with Edgar Stewart.

This is a very faithful group, and so much appreciated around our home.

On Feb. 19th a surprise celebration was held at Red Bank Church for Maxine Lirley’s ninetieth birthday with friends and relatives from near and far, numbering about a hundred people.  It was really a surprise!  Maxine was crowned as Queen for the day with a scepter to rule along with a rose bouquet and a sash.   A film was shown portraying Maxine’s life, her different homes and the addition of children as time passed until today at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center.  Beautiful birthday cakes baked and decorated by granddaughter-in-law, Terinda Hampton, were served with coffee, punch and several flavors of ice cream to all the guests as they had personal visits with Maxine.  Maxine said it was a wonderful day to add to her precious memories.

On Sunday, Mark and Mitzi Fawcett, Gary and Alice Lirley, Roger and Irene Swearengin and I went to check on Willene Adams.  She was resting easy today.

We would like to welcome new residents to our home, they are Kent Johnson, Ellis Pollard, Ethil Lane and Helen Gardner.

Our prayers and sympathy go out to the family of Delita Jenkins.  A very kind and loving woman, she will be missed by many.

Congratulations to Lorene Maloney and Wanda Agee on getting to go home this week.  Hard work in therapy sure does pay off!

God Bless you From Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, MO.

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