Valentine Royalty crowned at memorial Nursing Home

by Nancy Roberts

It was a festive occasion at Cimarron Memorial Nursing Home on Thursday, February 12 as the Valentine King and Queen were crowned in a ceremony in the sunny activities room. Chosen by the number of valentines received, King Fletcher “Max” Van Leer and Queen Florence “Iris” Wilkinson were presented with bejeweled crowns. The king received a boutonniere, and a bouquet of roses was presented to the queen.

Activities director Sandy Witten planned the celebration, which concluded with recognition of J.C. Brown's birthday, which is February 12. The Black Mesa Club provided ice cream and cake for the residents, family members, and nursing home staff. Sharon Cox, the new Chief Executive Officer of Cimarron Memorial Hospital/Nursing Home, attended the party and was introduced to the residents and other attendees.

Several of the Black Mesa Club members had not seen the new aviary and were given a brief tour of the aviary, the garden room painted by Shelley Fowler, and the decorations on the residents' doors. Private funding for the aviary has reached 30%. Private funds of about $2400 are still needed. Donations can be made at the facility, which has a separate account for purchase of the aviary, or donations can be mailed to PO Box 1059, Boise City, OK 73933, attn: aviary fund.

The community and families of the residents are deeply appreciated for participating in sending the volume of valentines to the residents. Jerry Robertson, who is the head of maintenance, quipped that he was going to have to add new hinges to the doors to handle the weight of the many valentines residents had received.