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IOOF residents reflect on holiday

With the arrival of Thanksgiving Day and the start of the holiday season, many people are grateful for countless things. The residents of Odd Fellow and Rebekah Retirement Center are no exception.
Some residents are venturing to relatives houses for the holidays and some will stay at the I.O.O.F. Retirement Center for a Thanksgiving feast, said Geri Callender, director of the I.O.O.F. Retirement Center.
Dietary manager Laurene Stubblefield has been at the I.O.O.F. for 38 years and takes great pride in preparing a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for the residents.
When asked for what they were thankful, residents said many things from being in good health to having a great place to live.
Resident Dorothy Copeland said, “I am thankful for my family. They’re good about taking care of my needs. And I’m thankful for my friends. I am also thankful for my country, where I live and I am free to say what I want. Last but not least, I’m thankful for this place and for the staff. They’re wonderful.”
Another resident, Hattie Mae Laznovsky, echoed the sentiment about the I.O.O.F.
“I’m thankful for living here; it’s a wonderful place,” Laznovsky said. “I’m thankful for having friends to spend Thanksgiving with. I’m from Houston and my husband and I lived on a farm for 50 years. He died in 2007. His family lives around here, so I could spend Thanksgiving with them.”
Resident Naomi Vanier said she is thankful for the I.O.O.F. and the people that come to visit.
“I’m thankful for a good home for the retirement people to come to,” Vanier said. “They are a good bunch of people. Come visit us. We like to have visitors come. We also have a great cook, which I’m thankful for. She’s been here for over 30 years.”
Many residents said they are thankful for God and glad He has taken care of them.
“I’m thankful for the good Lord letting me live,” said I.O.O.F. resident Norma Smith. “He’s given me a long life.”
Some residents are thankful for being alive, especially after experiencing health problems in the past. Willie Gene Vest is one such resident.
“I’m thankful I’m still alive. I’ve lived through a stroke and a back injury,” Vest said “I’m also thankful for this home we can come live in. The director is really great. I’ve had a lot of tragedy in my life. My wife has passed away. I’m thankful for my two good boys. And I’m thankful I can still use a computer.”
Many residents were also thankful for their families.
“I’m thankful for my grandson and my great grandchildren,” said resident Jim Williams. “They’re all I have left. I’m thankful I can live in this place. You don’t have to wash dishes or cook here.”
Some residents are grateful to still be able drive a car.
Resident Charles Elleven said, “I’m thankful to be in pretty reasonable health and able to take care of myself. I’m thankful to be able to drive my car and go on short trips. For Thanksgiving, I’m going to visit my son in Glen Rose. This weekend, I’m driving to Bastrop to visit my daughter. I’m also thankful to be living here at the retirement home.”
Resident Floy Cooper said she is thankful to be living at the I.O.O.F.
“I am thankful to be living here,” Cooper said. “I enjoy it very much. I am thankful we have a place like this. I am also thankful for my good health.”
Resident Elizabeth Crumbly said she is also thankful for her health.
Callender said Thanksgiving is a great time at the retirement center.
“Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season and we all begin to think about family,” Callender said. “Several residents go visit their families and some of their families come here. We want them to have a great Thanksgiving experience.

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