Butterfield Residential Care Center's Butterfield Express March 2015

Butterfield EXPRESS Volume 26, Issue 3 March 2015 2014 Butterfield Residential Care Center is an affiliate of CMH, Bolivar, Mo., 417-326-6000 Facility Location: 1120 North Butterfield, Bolivar, Mo. 65613, 417-326-5200 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Resident of the Month 1 Activity Photos 2 Upcoming Events 3 Residents’ Birthdays 4 New Residents 4 Discharges 4 Helen Roberts, Resident of the Month Congratulations to Helen Roberts for being selected as the Resident of the Month for March. Helen Jenkins Roberts was born to Pat and Berniece (Armstrong) Jenkins on Aug. 29, 1930 in Bolivar. She has one younger sister, Mary Scroggins. Helen’s parent’s were charter members of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Helen started her schooling at the McKinney Country School, five miles east of Bolivar, and then attended Bolivar Schools until graduation. After graduation, Helen went to work at the Polk County Bank. Helen continued her education at SBU and MSU, eventually earning her master’s degree in education. She was a school teacher for many years until she retired in 1992. During an ice storm in February 1949, Helen, who was visiting the court house to record bank documents, crossed paths with Paul Roberts, who was at his father’s office using his electric razor. The couple were married on Sept. 9, 1950. Helen and Paul will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Helen and Paul were have three children: Paula, Krista and Alan. The couple have been blessed with 10 grandchildren and one great grand-child. Music has always been a big part of Helen’s family. Paul still loves to sing and for many years led the singing at Calvary. His renditions of the classic O’ Holy Night is remembered by many. Alan has been a member of Floodwater group since high school, Krista has a minor in music from SBU and Paula is an artist. Helen has always been thankful for the time that she and Paul have spent traveling. They visited all fifty states, all of Canada and parts of Mexico. A highlight was spending two months in Alaska and taking a tour to the Arctic Circle. While traveling on the ice roads they saw all the wild animal that lived in the tundra. As a member of the Historical Society and the Genealogical Society, Helen has spent a lot of time doing extensive research on all sides of her family. She will often tell her children that “your roots reach all the way to China, right here in Polk County.” Just over four years ago, Paul suffered a stroke which left him unable to walk. To receive the proper care and rehabilitation, Paul moved to the Veteran’s Home in Mt. Vernon, Mo. To be closer to her husband, Helen relocated to Mt. Vernon where she lived for three years, until her own health problems surfaced. At that time, she and decided she should move to Butterfield. Now, while living at Butterfield, Helen will travel to Mt. Vernon several times a week to Paul. Helen is very happy at Butterfield and loves all the residents. She loves to spend time sewing, crocheting, knitting, tatting and doing other “fancy work.” She remembers saying when BRCC was being built, “ I’m going to live there someday.” Many years later, that prediction came true.“All of the staff and my tablemates have been so kind,” Helen says with a smile. “They have made it a fun place to live and I thank you so very much.” Thank you Helen, for sharing your story with us and being such a blessing to our family here at Butterfield Residential Care Center! Are you a caring individual who would like to assist in caring for the elderly? Butterfield Residential Care Center has opportunities in its volunteer program. For more information, call administrator Tammie today at 417-328-6380.