Ava Place

Ava Place is happy to welcome Freda Hector and Glenda Hays. We are always happy to see the family grow!

The Fall Festival will be here before we know it!

Last week the wonderful ladies from the Ava Art Guild spent the morning painting with residents.  The painted rocks do look like pumpkins.  It was enjoyed by all who attended.  We look forward to doing another project with them.  Thanks so much!!!


“You’re My Somebody Special”


Ava Place is starting to publish a weekly “You’re My Somebody Special” spotlight. All residents of Ava place will eventually be spotlighted.  I must say it is a lot of fun interviewing the residents and learning of their early life and their wishes. Today’s spotlight is Troy Montana.




Troy Montana is our special someone this week.  He was born Troy Edward Small in December of 1951 to Harriett Gertrude Sinclair and Troy P. Small.  He has three brothers and one sister.  When Troy was 46 years old he legally changed his name from Small to Montana.  This started out as his pen name for writing and wood crafting.  He has written one book so far (The Fly and the Ointment).  He is hoping to write more.  He has made beautiful rustic handcrafted furniture.  His pen name was on every piece of furniture he created.  Troy loves Montana and the beauty there, especially at Glacier National Park.  “It is most spectacular!” he says.

Troy is the father to seven amazing children.  He cherishes each one!  There are many loves in his life, none more then his Savior and his children.  Troy enjoys learning.  He reads and studies every chance he gets. His favorite book is the Holy Bible.  There are many talents that he is thankful for, building beautiful houses from the ground up, he also likes to go on the computer, the internet is definitely a great resource.  One thing he truly enjoys is being a Chaplain.  He shares his love of Christ by conducting a Worship Service each Sunday morning at 10:30.  He prepares the pamphlets with hymns printed in large print for the residents.  He is usually one of the first to suggest we have a prayer when there is a problem.  He prays with many of the residents when they ask him to.  Troy’s love of family reaches back far in his family.  He has followed his roots back to 1770 so far.  Genealogy is a passion and a great past time.

Troy’s favorite food would be any type of fresh orchard fruit.  He enjoys cobblers with lots of dumplings for his favorite dessert.

I asked Troy what his biggest accomplishment in life has been so far, he responded, “Choosing Jesus Christ!”  I also asked him, “If you had three wishes granted to you, what would they be?”  He replied, “First, that all my children will make it home to Heaven when the time comes. Second, to be alive when Jesus Christ comes, and third, to continue to have the ability and desire to honor God for the rest of my life.”  We talked about what famous people he would like to meet some day.  He said Jesus, My Savior, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and William Tyndale.  Lincoln and Churchill were the most prominent men of their times.  They both overcame so many challenges in their lives.  William Tyndale was the first person to accurately translate Eastern Greek manuscripts into the Bible.

Troy ends our interview by saying, “I wished I could live in a little house on a hilltop, but since I can’t … There is no place he would rather be then at Ava Place.”

Troy has been a great help to many of the residents when they need him, as well as, to the staff. We have enjoyed the talents he shares with us each day.  Feeling the love he has for his Savior and everyone around him is always a joy.