Aberdeen Village Community Matters March 2019

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Community Matters Aberdeen Village

March 2019

Art is Ageless® exhibit, reception to feature local senior artists Since the beginning of time, creative expression has brought joy to both its creators and those who experience their art. The Art is Ageless® program offers senior artists the opportunity to share and display their artwork and reaffirms the agelessness of human creativity. This month, their works are on display at Aberdeen Village. “It’s inspiring to see the beautiful pieces these seniors have created,” said Stephanie Oehlert, sales and marketing director. “The joy it brings to them and others is wonderful, and that’s something we want to celebrate and share with the entire community.” AIA, continued on page 4 CEO, continued on page 4

Left, Mary Johnson holds a photo of Alice Green, a woman she greatly admires for spending a lifetime as a missionary in Alaska. Right, Alice Green celebrates her 100th birthday.

Residents reflect on influential women History and modern times have no shortage of wonderful women whom we can look up to. When we asked residents Donna Ashlock and Mary Johnson to name their favorite influential women, they said there were many to choose from. Donna Ashlock: “I really admire Eleanor Roosevelt. I’ve read a lot about her, and there’s a quote I’ve always liked, ‘What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.’ That’s very powerful.” Mary Johnson: “One woman I greatly admire is Alice Green. She’s over 100 years old and lived her life as a missionary in Alaska. She lived in the native villages and rode a dog sled and everything. She was embraced as a part of their community and helped spread the word of God. She’s still devoting time to mission work. I’ve met her and have talked with her and spent time with her. What a tremendous person she is!”

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Frankie Hoffman celebrates 105 years We are delighted that our own Frankie Hoffman recently celebrated her 105th birthday with a party in her honor. Frankie—one of our most avid bridge players—was born in Excelsior Springs, Mo., where her father was the violin player in the orchestra at the Elms Hotel. While Frankie didn’t take up violin, she did play the piano. She was in the first graduating class from Paseo High School in 1930 and went to Kansas City Junior College for two years.

Community Matters is published monthly for residents and friends of Aberdeen Village by Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at: PresbyterianManors.org. Tim Allin, executive director Sean Roark, marketing director Stephanie Oehlert, director of sales and marketing To submit or suggest articles for this publication, contact Sean Roark, marketing director, sroark@ pmma.org. Telephone: 913-599-6100 Fax: 913-599-3810 Address: 17500 W. 119th St., Olathe, KS 66061-9524 Our mission: We provide quality senior services guided by Christian values.


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She worked as a secretary, most notably as the administrative assistant to the headmaster at Barstow School for Girls. Frankie had a son, Bill Ward, with her first husband, who died in 1979. Frankie remained a widow for 11 years, then married Al Hoffman and gained a stepdaughter. Frankie and Al were married until his death in 2007. Subsequently, she moved to Aberdeen Village. When asked her secret to a long life, she has none. She says, “just keep living.”

Frankie Hoffman and Aberdeen Village Executive Director Tim Allin.

Thank you, Angel Appeal donors Thank you for all of the generous hearts who donated to our Angel Appeal campaign, which benefits our Good Samaritan Program. This program helps ensure that residents who have run out of resources through no fault of their own can continue calling this “home.” Mrs. Frances Adair Mrs. Janice L. Adams Mrs. Mary E. Allin Mr. and Mrs. Tim Allin Mr. and Mrs. Bernard E. Bancroft Mr. Elden L. Beebe Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Bergmann Mr. and Mrs. James J. Beyer Mr. Jack Bowerman Mrs. Margaret R. Bowerman Mrs. Elizabeth T. Brimm Ms. Cathy Broockerd Mrs. Georgia A. Bundschuh Ms. Linda Carlson Mrs. Sybil Diehl Mr. Doyle and Mrs. Shirley Dixon Mr. Edward Duman Mrs. Trudy Eden Mrs. E. Marie Elsey Mr. and Mrs. Carl Erwin

Mrs. JoAnn C. Furman Mrs. Gloria E. Giunta Mr. and Mrs. Keith W. Graham Mr. James and Mrs. Mary Ann Greening Ms. Diane Gunsolley Mrs. Jo Ann Hendrickson Mrs. Glenda Humphreys Mr. and Mrs. Bill J. Huninghake Mrs. Mary Ruth Jaggard Mrs. Mary E. Johnson Mr. Ambrose and Mrs. Jan Kelly Mrs. Marian A. Kuhl Mrs. Margaret Landis Mr. Paul Lindstrom Mr. Douglas Loveridge Mrs. Carolyn McCaul Mrs. Martha McGrath Rev. and Mrs. Jay D. McKell Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Minter Mrs. Zoe S. Moore Ms. Bonnie Morgan Ms. Eleanor A. Nelson Mrs. Sharon R. Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ray Ms. Norma J. Reiman Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Schuler Ms. Deborah Shuck Like us on Facebook

Celebrating staff ‘sheroes’ for Women’s History Month We have strong and dedicated women on staff at Aberdeen Village. In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked them to share with us a woman whom they admire and to share how she has been inspirational to them. Linda Mwanzi, assisted living director: “I admire Florence Nightingale. She played a major part in reforming nursing by expressing the true meaning of it. She portrayed nursing in a positive way and contributed to abolishing behaviors that undermined women’s dignity.” Heather Benney, director of nursing:

providing good nursing care, she always kept a positive attitude as she moved from patient to patient providing care. Florence was known as the lady with the lamp, as she often visited soldiers and the poor during the night with her lamp to ensure their well-being. “Florence Nightingale is an example of the type of servant every nurse should strive to be. Florence demonstrated for each nurse that work conditions, availability of supplies, or the day’s circumstances should not affect a nurse’s ability to care whole-heartedly for another person who is in need. This is a very admirable trait.”

“I admire Florence Nightingale, often referred to as a ‘ministering angel,’ for the work she did during her nursing career. “Florence worked in deplorable conditions during the Crimean War. The conditions were often not only dirty and ridden with rodents, but they also lacked the basic supplies needed to care for soldiers. Florence did not let the lack of supplies or poor conditions stop her from Like us on Facebook

Corrie ten Boom gestures to a hiding place in her home.

Heather Holbert, speech language clinician, therapy coordinator: “I admire Corrie Ten Boom. She was a Christian during World War II

who hid Jews, but was caught and sent to a concentration camp, where her sister and father died. She survived and forgave her German captors. She is a wonderful testimony to God’s grace, and her faithfulness is an encourager to all of us who call ourselves Christians.” Sandra Barnes, life enrichment director: “I know that this might be old and a cliché, but my mother was the woman I always looked up to. She was always there for me and my sister. She made sure that we learned the right and wrong in everything, even when I felt I was right and she was wrong. I could voice my opinion in a proper manner and she would listen every time. “My house was the one that all my friends wanted to come and play at because of my mom and her wonderful cookies and lemonade. “She was not a harsh mother, but you knew when you had made her mad. She would make you feel so bad that you hurt her feelings, that you were upset and willing to dish out your own punishment. SHEROES, continued on page 4 Aberdeen Village


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“My mother was the one who I would offer to be on all the school committees to be close to us girls and make sure that we had great parties. “She raised us to know how to sew, wash dishes, cook and clean a house. I am so thankful to have known such a lady, and to her, I owe all that I am today. “She put all of her heart into loving her grandkids and then she was gone at a young age, but she had instilled her love into the grandkids so much that they still remember her now. “I pride myself when someone that knew my mom tells me that I am just like her.”


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Renee Schoonover, case manager: “I would have to say Princess Diana. She was an iconic figure with such beauty and grace. More than that, she is also admired for her charity work. She spent hours visiting with people in hospitals, schools and homeless shelters. She helped raise money for certain charities. She was also a great mother who spent time with her sons teaching them and just having fun.”

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The Art is Ageless exhibit will feature works from local artists who are 65 and older, including Aberdeen Village residents. The public is welcome to visit the community to view the exhibit of acrylics, oils, photography and various other mediums, ranging from amateur to professional levels, March 29 through April 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the exhibit, Aberdeen Village will honor local senior artists during a reception at the community at 3 p.m., April 26. Like us on Facebook

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