A celebration in honor of Landmark Villa’s 25th anniversary Monday included recognition of four of its older residents and several residents who served in the armed forces.
Tom Coats of the Kabul Nursing Homes, Inc. board welcomed the public to the 11:00 a.m. program held under the shade of the front entry to the facility on Ozark Street. He thanked the administration and board that oversaw the development of the assisted living facility 25 years ago. He said Landmark Villa is more than a “win-win” for Cabool. “It’s been a three win deal,” he said – for residents who need an assisted living facility, for employees who work there, and for the community it serves.
Carol Scott, president of the resident council at Landmark Villa, spoke briefly, then facility manager Elizabeth Brown recognized several guests at the program, including Texas County Commissioners Scott Long, John Casey and Doyle Heiney; Texas County Memorial Hospital CEO Wes Murray and emergency services director Bill Bridges; Texas County Sheriff Scott Lindsey; Carla Roberts and Karla Mieser of Hospice Compassus; Cabool city administrator Ron Scheets; and Cabool Police Chief Jerald Sigman. Sigman was presented a plaque in appreciation to his department’s service to the community, and he also accepted a presentation for the fire department.
State Representative Robert Ross made presentations to three Kabul Nursing Homes, Inc. employees with more than 25 years of service – Kathy Harvey, 32 years; Brenda Gilliland, 28 years; and Beverly Hebblethwaite, 27 years.
Residents who have served in the armed forces were also honored. They included Carol Scott, Richard Darnell, Gene Brill, William Grice, Lauren Krambeck and David Puckett, who were in the U.S. Army; Ivan Bonham and Gary Dotson, U.S. Navy; Earl Baker, U.S. Air Force; and Dixie Grosenbacher, U.S. Coast Guard.
Missouri House of Representatives resolutions were presented to four residents who are 99 years old. Hospice Compassus also presented a flower to each. Honored were Elmer Turner, who will turn 100 years old on October 20; Oma Luallen, whose 100th birthday will be November 1; Daisy Lindsey, turning 100 on January 14, 2020; and Florene Morgan, who is looking forward to her 100th birthday on June 15, 2020.
The program closed with Brown thanking those who assisted with the celebration, including Peoples Community Bank, which provided the food for the open house; Springfield Grocers, for providing prizes; Hospice Compassus, for gifts for the 99-year-old residents; the Missouri Legislature for honoring residents; Pat Gillett, a 43-year employee of KNH, Inc., who made the cakes for the celebration; and Maness Memorial Baptist Church, which loaned tables, chairs and the sound system for the program.
Landmark Villa hosted an open house for the community that ran from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and included a barbecue lunch and tours of the facility.
[See additional photos on Page 12 of the September 12, 2019.]