December was a busy month at Evergreen Place, as well as an exciting month for many. Happy things happened but also sad things.
On Dec. 11 we had a bake sale put on by Lorraine Langlois, a successful event.
We held a special birthday party for December birthdays on Dec. 14. Country/Western singer Butch Fleury from Roblin entertained us. For this special season he included a number of traditional Christmas carols. This was our best birthday turnout for the year.
On Christmas Day, Verna Pennycook’s family joined her in the lounge for a Christmas celebration.
Quite a few residents spent Christmas with family elsewhere.
Chris Leach was away to his brother’s place in Winnipeg for a week.
Eileen Price spent a week with her children and grandchildren in Winnipeg.
Helen Martens went with son Peter and Cindy to Redcliff, Alta. to have Christmas with daughter Paulina and Troy Primeau.
Penny Jones drove out to Minot, N.D. to celebrate with family members for a week.
Margaret and Vern Rollo had Christmas Day in Brandon with daughter Heather and Ed and family. On Boxing Day, they were at the Miniota rink with the Sararas family where 35 of the family members had fun skating.
Carol Gabrielle’s daughter Michelle and grand-puppy Ella came for a happy visit during the Christmas season.
Mike Campbell’s son Matthew came from Winnipeg to spend Christmas with has dad.
Dale Hill was at his sister Marlene’s on Christmas Day.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Thiessen family at the passing of their mother Jessie Thiessen. She had been a resident at Evergreen for six years. She passed away on Christmas morning after a two-week stay in the hospital. A number of the residents went to her funeral at the Virden Alliance Church, Dec. 30. Jessie will be greatly missed by us all.
2020 has arrived. The residents always look forward to their own New Year’s Eve party. Munchies, drinks, games, fun laughter and singing are all a part of the evening. There are some who like to stay up to see the New Year in.
Quote for this New Year: “I pray that happiness be at your door. May it knock early, stay late and leave the gift of peace, love, joy and good health behind.” -The Celtic Christian Tradition.