Ida might have been our very first volunteer. I think she was 76 when she started volunteering with us. She adopted six grandmas in our Adopt a Grandparent Program. She was older than all of them. One of the ladies she adopted hadn’t spoken since she was 18 years old. Ida came by the office one day so excited to tell me she had found a way to communicate with her new friend – one blink for ‘yes’, two blinks for ‘no’.
This amazing lady made corsages one year for every woman in every nursing home in the county. She volunteered with us even after she was admitted to a nursing home herself. She visited other residents, called people in our Telephone Reassurance Program and taught others how to make craft items and gifts. Sadly, we lost Ida before we moved into our new facility. When I visited her in the hospital, she would say, “tell me again about the center — tell me what it will be like.” Then she would close her eyes and I would tell her all about it.
Ida was a tiny lady with a huge heart and I think I will always miss her.
Please contact Inez for more info at 254-772-8100 x 106.