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Senior Highlights: Al and Alma Workman, Mansfield Primrose

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Al and Alma Workman

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

Al and Alma met at church on a Sunday night in 1950. They dated for two years and were married on August 5, 1952.

Al enlisted in the United States Air Force in January, 1951 and was stationed at the Panama Canal Zone. He came home on leave in July, 1952, and married Alma – who then joined him in Panama in September of 1952. The lived there until Al was discharged in 1955.

Al worked for the Norfolk & Western Railroad at night and attended Marshall University during the day. Upon his graduation in 1958, he was hired by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company where he served as a retail store manager in various locations, and was later promoted to regional credit manager serving out of New Brunswick, NJ. He later transferred to Brook Park, OH and then to the home office in Akron, OH. He retired in 1991 after 33 years with Goodyear.

During this time, Alma was a homemaker and raised 3 beautiful children (2 girls and 1 boy).

Al is an avid golfer, and Alma loves the art of quilting. She has made about 27 quilts and wall hangings over the years, all of which are hand sewn. After retirement they moved from North Canton, OH to Tennessee and lived there for 19 years in a beautiful place called Tellico Village. Al started a golf group called “The Workman Group” which still exists today. They were also charter members of the First Baptist Church of Tellico Village which started in 1995.

Alma developed Parkinson’s disease in 2003 which somewhat restricted her activities. As her disease progressed, they decided to move back to Ohio to be near their 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. They have 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. They moved to Primrose in November, 2013, and are enjoying life and meeting new friends.

by Angela Gardner
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Zoo Comes to Visit Kansas City Primrose

Holding chincilla

Allison and Jack the Chinchilla

bearded dragon

Judy the bearded dragon

double yellow headed Amazon parrot

Buddy the double-yellow-headed Amazon parrot

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

The education department from the Kansas City Zoo came to visit, and they brought four different animals for us to learn about. We saw a mossy tree frog named “Ping” that normally lives in the Vietnam jungle. These frogs look like they have moss all over their backs, which makes them masters of disguise.

Next we met “Jack” the chinchilla. Chinchillas only have one baby at a time, are nocturnal and hide by blending in with rocks. They are a member of the rodent family, which means that their teeth never stop growing and they eat plants and vegetables. Chinchillas can never get wet, and their fur is so thick and soft that they can’t die from hypothermia.

We then got to meet “Judy,” a bearded dragon who lives in the Australian desert. They tend to live by themselves. Judy has no teeth but, instead she has a boney ridge where teeth would normally be located that she uses to grind her food up. She eats lettuce, vegetables and crickets, but requires no water to drink because she gets what she needs from her food.

The final animal we saw was “Buddy” the double yellow headed Amazon parrot. His beak is so strong that he can bite through a broom handle or your finger, so we were not allowed to touch him! He does not really talk, but instead mimics the sounds that he hears. In the jungle, all birds look alike to each other — so the sound that they make is what they use to identify one another. Buddy was capable of other noises too, but he got nervous in front of everyone and refused to speak.

We also got to touch the hides of a zebra and a tiger. If you were to shave off all the hair on a zebra, it would be solid black in color – unlike that of a tiger, which is striped.

We are looking forward to warmer weather here in Kansas City so we can make a trip to the zoo. They even have a golf kart tour!

by Jill Hershley
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Kansas City Primrose Residents Exercise, Grow Stronger

Primrose residents exercising

Duane and Ken working hard, building muscle

showing off muscles

Duane showing off muscles

Flexing muscles

Ken making those muscles flex

Visitors exercising

Frequent visitor, Ron, comes to work out here twice a week

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

Each week we have a strength exercise class to help balance and build muscle. Today we had all men in the class. These men have been coming to the exercise class for years. Not only do they enjoy exercise and staying healthy, they love to give each other a hard time and try and “out do” each other.

by Jill Hershley
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Bob Gallagher 'Jazzes it Up' at Findlay Primrose


Findlay, OH, Retirement Communities

“I’m not sure I can even play anymore. It hasn’t been out of the case in a long time – it’s pretty heavy.”

These were some of the comments resident Bob Gallagher made when Katie, our LEC, asked him to play some of his once-famous jazz saxophone music for a recent Happy Hour.

Since he showed little or no interest, Katie didn’t want to push him and let the subject drop. However, the following Wednesday, she looked up from pouring flavored pretzels into a bowl and there was Bob, with a big smile on his face. In his hand he carried a worn but shiny saxophone.

Soon, the residents were calling out requests which he played with ease. Everyone enjoyed his beautiful and soothing songs as was displayed with their toe-tapping and singing — he had captivated his audience. Several visitors heard the music and stopped by to listen and were soon joining in the fun also.

Bob plays many woodwind instruments and has played in several bands over the years.

Great job, Bob! We are looking forward to having you entertain us again soon!

by Karen Barchent
Hospitality

Resident Bob Gallagher plays music from his days as saxophone player in a jazz band

Bob Gallagher plays clarinet

Bob, center, playing clarinet as a young serviceman during WWII in 1943 at Camp Walters, Texas.

Love Story Continues at Sioux Falls Primrose

Wayne and Donna Pope, freshly married

Wayne and Donna Pope, newlyweds

Wayne and Donna Pope, seven decades later

Wayne and Donna Pope, seven decades into their romance

Wayne and Donna Pope met on Christmas Eve of 1944. She was a striking beauty of 20 years, visiting her aunt in San Francisco for the winter, when she and some friends went to a ballroom on Christmas Eve and saw a handsome 24 year old Air Force Cadet with black curly hair enter the ballroom with his buddy. Wayne likes to say that Donna “asked him” to dance, but Donna will tell you that young ladies did not ask gentlemen to dance back then. She does concede that she gave him a “strong eye”, when their eyes met, and her intent was that “he” was meant for “her.” That was the beginning of a romance that spanned seven decades, and a lifetime of loving regard for each other through a war, a couple of careers for Wayne and the blessing of raising a family together in South Dakota.

Donna was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wayne was brought up on a farm outside Durham, Kansas. They met while Wayne was an Air Force Cadet, doing pilot training at Oakland Air Base during the winter of 1944-45. They knew each other for 2 ½ months when Wayne asked Donna to marry him “after the war.” He was preparing to move on to his next assignment in Yuma, Arizona. Donna countered that offer with “marry me now, or not at all,” and in a matter of weeks they wed in Yuma with Wayne’s buddy from the ballroom as his best man, and her maid of honor in attendance.

After the war, Wayne had a career in South Dakota as a Soil Conservation Specialist, and they lived in Watertown and raised a son, Jimmy Wayne, who lives in Greenville, Texas and a daughter, Mary, who lives in Sioux Falls. They also spent a few years in Rapid City when Wayne took a territory that spanned from North Dakota to Nebraska with Soil Conservation’s Western District, but the day that Wayne had 31 years of service accrued, he retired and they moved back to Watertown, South Dakota where they had so many dear friends. They lived in a home on Lake Kampeska, and Wayne began a second career as a consultant for pipeline companies trying to gain the right of way across lands in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa, and then also from Florida over to Texas and all the states in between for another company.

Wayne would drive the country roads, visiting farmers or landowners where the company wanted to negotiate right of way access and the company often remarked that “Wayne Pope was the only man out in the field who could come out of a right of way negotiation with a pan of cinnamon rolls from the landowner’s wife in his hand.” Donna jokes that it is Wayne that has done all the big stuff, and she “just played bridge.” But it only takes a few minutes in her presence to know that with a wife or mother like Donna, a person would most certainly feel that they could do anything in this world. Her charm and loving appreciation for her family and friends has most certainly inspired countless people in this world. I like to envision all the ripples of goodness in the waters of life that extend to infinity because of the warmth and generosity of this beautiful couple.

At Primrose Retirement in Sioux Falls, we are grateful that Wayne and Donna Pope chose to share their lives with the residents of our community. We are blessed with your kind words, your gentleness and your loving presence.

by Lou Clarey
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Primrose Resident Crafts Paper Bead Necklaces

Rosemary showing how to make a necklace

Rosemary showing how to string necklace

Finished paper bead necklaces

Finished paper bead necklaces

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

Rosemary Thompson makes the most beautiful necklaces out of paper. Any paper she can get her hands on! The paper she likes best are the shiny ads from the newspaper. Today she shared how she makes these masterpieces with the other ladies here at Primrose.

Basically you choose the color paper you want to use, cut into triangle shaped strips, roll around a toothpick, use a little bit of glue, dry and then spray with a clear coat of paint. After everything has dried you use a needle and dental floss and begin to string them on. You can place small beads in between or crystals. No two necklaces are ever the same and bring joy to everyone. Rosemary even has her husband, Jim, cutting the paper for her! Rosemary is going to be a part of our craft show in May.

by Jill Hershley
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Austin Primrose Holds 'Wild West' Party

Our Community in Austin, MN threw a Wild West Party in honor of a famous Cowboy named Buffalo Bill, whose birthday is on February 26. We started the birthday celebration by having an entertainer sing western music. Our entertainer was an 8th cousin to Buffalo Bill. She was very insightful about Buffalo Bill and kept us entertained.
Wild West Party entertainer

Our lunch was also themed, we ate ribs, corn, and baked beans. As you can see our residents had a blast dressing the part.
Dressing the part

We even took the time to make wanted signs of some of our residents, and gave them a cool name. Here is one of our residents who caught Rattlesnake Lester, and she was not going to let him leave without an award.
Apprehending Rattlesnake Lester

Our Community Room sure looked Western, we even had a Saloon. At the Saloon we played poker, and ate chips and salsa and some even tried some cowboy caviar and drank some root beers.
Western Party Decor

by Cindy Mireles
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Austin Primrose Residents Making Blankets for Good Cause

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Austin, MN, Retirement Communities

To pay for the purchase of several blankets for this project, the Cook Book Club in Austin put together a recipe book filled with desserts and main course meals. The books were sold on the months of December-February. The Recipe Club did not pay anyone to make their books. They typed each recipe into the computer with the help of our Marketing Director and Life Enrichment Coordinator. And nicely put them on a ring with nice scrapbook paper, and some ribbon. The recipe books were a lot of work, but they turned out nice. Everyone had fun putting the books together. In fact, we had so much fun that we are working on next year’s recipe books. The books were sold for $5.00. The club sold $130.00 worth of recipe books. With some of the money the Cook Book Club purchased four blankets. The blankets they made are called tie blankets. They were very easy to make and fun. The blankets were delivered to a nonprofit organization called Rachael’s Hope. They choose the organization because they help mothers with children under the age of three. However, Rachael’s Hope does not just give out their donated items. They make the mothers earn points to purchase any donated items. The mothers can get points by going to an education class, or just to a scheduled monthly or yearly appointment. The Cook Book Club really loved that idea. We hope to use more of our cookbook money on other non-profit organizations.

by Cindy Mireles
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Miss Ohio Visits Zanesville Primrose

Miss Ohio, Mackenzie Bart, and her puppet Roxie

Miss Ohio, Mackenzie Bart, and her puppet “Roxie” visit Zanesville Primrose

Roxie, Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart, and Executive Director Shala Steinman

Roxie, Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart, and Executive Director Shala Steinman

Zanesville, OH, Retirement Communities

We recently enjoyed a visit by Miss Ohio, Mackenzie Bart at our Zanesville Primrose. She spent the week of February 23rd in Zanesville visiting Primrose and area schools. She will be a Senior Fall 2015 at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where she is majoring in Meteorology. She promotes STEM, universal newborn screening and Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

She gives up title in June 2015 and crowns a new Miss Ohio. She has logged many miles on her car and has traveled all over the state. She has had an awesome year but looks forward to pursuing her degree.

On Monday, February 23rd, she came to Primrose for a Meet N’ Greet with our Residents. She told about herself and also autographed pictures. Each Resident who attended received a picture. Monday evening Mackenzie was asked to be the meteorologist on our local television station, WHIZ-TV, in Zanesville. On Tuesday, February 24th, Mackenzie came back to our Primrose and performed her Ventriloquism talent by introducing us to “Roxie”, her puppet. They both sang for the Residents.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious seemed to be the most favorite song they shared. Everyone enjoyed her visit.

by Tammy Grayson
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Therapy Dog Tuesday

Senior Living

This Akita Therapy Dog hams it up for the camera

Mankato, MN, Retirement Communities

We have some new friends here at Primrose of Mankato… Four-legged friends! Each Tuesday at Primrose, we have the therapy dogs come and visit. It’s great to socialize with the dogs, and see how well-trained they all are! Our furry friend pictured here is an Akita! Isn’t he pretty? We learned that Akitas are stubborn and talkative! We got a good listen to his voice while he was here. All our residents loved getting some social time with him. There wasn’t a face that left the activity without a smile! I think we made the dog happy too — look at that grin! With this cold and snowy Minnesota winter we’ve been enduring, a visit from this guy is exactly what our spirits needed! We can’t wait to have the therapy dogs come back to visit us in March!

by Emilie Hauser
Activity Assistant

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