Kirby Staff Hosted a Surprise Lunch for a Patient Celebrating 70 Years
of Marriage with His Wife
Kristin, Kirby Dietitian, Hayley, Apple A Day Café, and Megan, RN,
came together to give the Hanley’s a special meal to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary before being separated.
During a Care Conference on Thursday, July 29th, it was brought to Kristin’s attention that due to COVID-19, a patient
of ours never got to celebrate him and his wife’s 70th Wedding Anniversary. David was a marine and married his wife, Mary, on
December 31st, 1950. He was 24 years old and Mary was 19. They met through mutual friends
and have been residents of Decatur their entire life. After he returned
from World War II, he built his own house by hand, where they have shared
all 70 years together. They have 3 children together.
“It was a complete surprise to me! I walked in and the staff had
him ready to go and I had no idea,” says Mary. “Everything
was beautiful, even the dessert!” In 24 hours, our staff was able
to pull together a surprise lunch in honor of their 70 years together.
Hayley and Kristin, from our Apple A Day Café, put David’s
favorite meal together. It consisted of salmon, mashed potatoes, carrots,
and a special dessert made by Hayley. The dessert was a strawberry cheese
cake topped with whip topping and fresh strawberries with graham cracker
crumble. His wife had a graham cracker crust- a few of their favorites!
David loves fish and has eaten it most days he has been at Kirby.
The morning of the lunch, Kristin went out and bought decorations and coordinated
a time on the garden patio for David and his wife, Mary, to celebrate
their anniversary before they were separated. Flowers were purchased,
a balloon was displayed, and a table was set for a special lunch date.
David will be going to a nursing home and Mary will be moving into an assisted
living facility. “The second I heard this, I knew we had to do something
special. I honestly just wanted to give them a reason to smile that day
as their love for one another was inspiring,” says Kristin.
We are grateful for such passionate members on our Kirby team. It was a
beautiful afternoon, celebrating a beautiful couple.
From the family of Mr. and Mrs. Hanley,
Thank you and the Kirby staff for creating such a beautiful day for mom
and dad in honor of their 70th wedding anniversary which was Dec 31, 2020.
Due to Covid-19, we as a family were unable to gather together for their
special day. We truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Julie Cartwright (daughter)
Jeff Hanley (son)
Dr. Rod Hanley (son)