Monthly Archives: May 2014

Senior Highlight: Florence Friend of Lancaster Primrose

Florence Friend

Primrose resident Florence Friend

Florence Friend likes to be called “Flo.” Her and her husband of 73 years Harold (who has since passed) moved into our building on September 19th 2007.
  • Flo has two daughters, one of whom has passed.
  • The last grade Flo attended school was the 8th grade. Her father wanted her to get a job to help support the family. That is when she became a nanny for a local Doctor.
  • While being a faithful watcher of Wheel of Fortune, Flo enjoys working her puzzle books, reading and listening to her Gospel music.
  • “I can still hear Florence and Harold saying to me on my first day here at Primrose. ‘Welcome to Primrose, we are glad you are here.'” — Bobbie
 

We are lucky to have such wonderful residents like Flo who thoroughly enjoy being a part of our Primrose family. Her last name goes right along with her motto: “Friends gather here.”

Submitted by Bobbie Arnold
Life Enrichment Coordinator

Senior Highlights: Rev. Robert Palmer of Zanesville Primrose

Rev. Robert Palmer

Primrose resident Rev. Robert Palmer

  • He has 3 sons and five stepchildren who he raised and sent to college; he also has 32 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren
  • He recently returned to his home church in Zanesville as an Associate Pastor after pastoring various churches for 48 years
  • He took Columbus St. Mark AME Church members to Israel in 1992
  • He played semi-professional baseball and basketball and coached both also in Zanesville in the 50s, 60s and 70s
  • He was a biddy league baseball manager and his team won the city league championship 8 years in a row
  • He loves living at Primrose and has gotten to know some of the men; he also teaches Residents how to play pool Tuesday and Friday afternoons
 

Submitted by Tammy Grayson
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Kansas City Primrose Resident, 87, Receives Ministerial Commission

Marian McDaniel

Marian McDaniel

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

Marian grew up in Roodhouse, Illinois, a town not too far from the state capital. Her family had deep roots in that community, roots that led all the way back to Marian’s great-grandfather who founded the Roodhouse Christian Church. During her childhood, Marian and her family were very active in the church, no doubt in part due to her family’s long-standing history there.

Recalling her early childhood, Marian spoke of her mother’s role as the organist and Sunday school teacher. “I practically grew up in the front pew of that church,” she said. “That way my mother could keep an eye on me even while she was playing the organ.”

It wasn’t until after her high school graduation that Marian began thinking about pursuing ministry. Her minister encouraged her to consider how difficult it would be for a woman in the clergy at that time. She decided to put that thought on hold and attend college. While there, she took many science and religion courses. One of her science professors was also an elder in the Central Christian Church, Jacksonville, Illinois, the church where much of Marian’s spiritual growth would take place. He taught his students that there was really no conflict between science and religion.

Several years later, following college graduation and her wedding, Marian found herself at an interesting crossroads, wondering just what she should do with her future. It was then she felt God calling her to teach. Without a moment’s hesitation, Marian began her long career in education, a career that continues today with her work at Primrose and at her church. When asked about her faithful and immediate obedience, Marian simply stated that she was only doing what was asked of her, a course of life she plans to continue until the end. “I’ve been rewarded with a full and satisfying life,” she said.

When she was in her early 70s, a woman minister became the pastor at the church. It was she who encouraged Marian to pursue a commissioned ministry. Marian, having served as both an elder and a deacon in her church, began her studies, but when she was in her late 70s, she made the move across the state line to Kansas City to be nearer to her children. Her studies were placed on the hold for a time as Marian was informed that, in order to complete the coursework, she would have to travel to Jefferson City, which presented quite a hurdle.

Recently, the urge to complete the program was renewed. Marian saw a need at Primrose, a need she felt God was calling her to satisfy. During the month of May, many years after her lay minister journey began, Marian McDaniel received her commission.

A commissioned minister is not the same as an ordained minister. A commissioned minister can perform weddings and preside over funerals, lead worship services and give sermons, all the things an ordained minister can do. However, she must renew her commission each year in December, and she is charged with serving a specific location. In this case, it’s two separate locations: her church home, Park Hill Christian Church, and Primrose Retirement Community.

Marian’s vision for Primrose is simple and direct: serve her neighbors by being available to them in a spiritual way. She’s organizing and planning Sunday services and communion services in addition to continuing to lead the weekly bible study. Should anyone within the community wish for guidance or aid during times of sorrow, illness, or death, Marian will be at their call. “I hope this will answer the needs expressed to me by my neighbors here at Primrose,” Marian said. “I’d like to see fellow residents become involved so we can work together to the benefit of our community, our home. We are all called to use our abilities to serve God and serve each other with humble hearts, and that’s what I hope will come of this new chapter in not only my life but also the life of the community.”

While she has already received her commission, a formal ceremony was held at her church, Park Hill Christian, on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the 9:00 service. On the third Sunday in May at 4:00 p.m., she will lead a service in the new Primrose chapel to dedicate it to the good works of the Lord. In the months to come, Primrose residents can expect Sunday afternoon services on the first and third Sundays of the month. All residents will be welcome to join as Marian’s commission is ecumenical. Before all of that, she will perform one of her first acts as a lay minister: presiding over the wedding of Jennifer Good and Al Caniglia on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

A person can take many lessons away from Marian’s story: follow your dreams, open your heart to where the Lord is taking you, and you’re never too old to reach your goals.

by Abigail Lancaster
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Mansfield Primrose Hosts Hawaiian Luau Party

Noah Peters

Noah Peters

Bob and Donna Rettig

Bob and Donna Rettig

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

Residents of Primrose Mansfield came decked out in Hawaiian clothing with lays around their necks, flowers in their hair, and Hawaiian print shirts to start out the spring/summer season. The party started with a “pass the coconut game” and then on to a fresh coconut cracking demonstration. The hit of the party was resident volunteer Noah Peters demonstrating the Hawaiian Luau Hula steps while I read the motions and the meaning behind each motion. Noah then put it all together to a hula song and danced to the laughter and fun had by all. Residents are fruit kabobs and coconut macaroons along with a fancy blue Caribbean punch. Residents also got their pictures taken in the Hawaiin photo booth. Residents chatted and shared wonderful memories of their visits to the Hawaiian Islands.

by Angela Gardner
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Margaret Carspecken Shares Some Advice on Aging

Margaret Carspecken and Millie Strharsky

Margaret Carspecken (l) and friend Millie Strharsky

Wausua, WI, Retirement Communities

Margaret Carspecken, a resident of Primrose Retirement for almost four years, likes to say “I think I’ve died and gone to heaven!” According to Margaret, aging has so many “pluses.”

First and foremost she says it’s necessary to keep good health by eating lots of the right foods. Fruits and vegetables are very important to have in a balanced diet, she recommends going easy on the sweets even though they’re hard to resist! Margaret says exercising is very important, she walks the halls at Primrose every morning after breakfast. We have an exercise class with Sue (who is a certified fitness instructor) four days a week right away in the morning and Margaret never misses a day. “There is no time for being lazy” she says. When Margaret passes another resident in the halls she asks them to join her on her morning walk or encourages them to join the class. Exercise is a must for Margaret.

Time is a wonderful teacher and Margaret wants to share what she has learned. She says friends are vital for the golden years! She doesn’t know where she would be today without their love, companionship and support throughout the years. Having empathy for others is at the top of Margaret’s list along with being treated as you want to be treated. Margaret says that the things that you used to think were important aren’t really important once you grow older. She has learned that life gets a little bit easier and you’re not judged for who or what you are. As we grow older we start to accept one another for who we really are.

Margaret says keeping your mind active is essential. She keeps her mind sharp by reading good books, watching informative T.V. programs and movies along with playing lots and lots of card games (Bridge is Margaret’s favorite) she says that it really keeps her mind sharp and you should play as much as you can! She says challenging yourself daily is the best thing for you. Margaret says “the best thing to have in life is a good sense of humor, you can’t be too serious because what’s the fun in that!” Margaret has always believed in the virtue of working hard, she truly believes that you can do anything you want in life if you’re willing to work for it.

“The Golden Years can be truly Golden, stress free and indeed FUN!”

by Melina Rodriguez
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Pueblo Primrose Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Pueblo Primrose Volunteer Dinner

Pueblo Primrose volunteers

Primrose volunteers felt the appreciation during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

Primrose of Pueblo is blessed to have 20 amazing volunteers. Life Enrichment Director Barbara Della Rossa, Assistant Heidi Brooks, and Executive Director Gina Drown were able to recognize, thank, and appreciate each of these volunteers on Wednesday April 23rd in the Primrose Pub. Twinkling lights, warm candlelight, and soft music greeted the volunteers and their guests as they dined on gourmet cold cuts, cheeses, rolls, deviled eggs, potato salad and baked beans. Dessert was an array of chocolate éclairs, cream puffs and Belgian chocolate cups filled with mouse followed by coffee. Each volunteer was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation, a long stemmed rose, and for the 1st time ever a custom Primrose Volunteer T-Shirt. Brenda, Natali and Loretta Miles were named “Mother and Daughters” of the Year.

Volunteers vary from nearby neighbors, family members, community members, and of course, Primrose Residents. Many having been serving for 3 years or longer and the newest joined just 3 months ago. Barbara told the group, “You help us to enrich lives and you enrich our lives, too.” Several volunteers were presented with their custom engraved name badge after having logged 25+ hours. April might be National Volunteer Month but here at Primrose we strive to appreciate our volunteers always, as they are part of the Primrose Family.

To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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