Integrity Healthcare of Columbia – Daily Life

Grandma’s Creamed Corn

Margaret Perkins, a farmer’s daughter, grew up in Arkansas picking cotton and canning vegetables.  She carried her father’s tradition with her to the big city where she and my Grandpa, Leonard, grew fresh produce.  My grandparents lived off Smiley Road in Bridgeton, Missouri.  Although they only owned a few acres of land, my inner child viewed the property as a true working farm.  I have fond memories of planting, harvesting and riding my Grandpa’s yellow tractor through the fields.  Friends, neighbors and strangers would visit their unmanned produce stand and pay for items via the honor system – a mason jar.  Grandma canned the best creamed corn anyone has ever tasted.  In fact, my friends often asked me to bring jars of corn back to college with me after winter and summer breaks.  One time I found the window to my college apartment slightly ajar.  I cautiously opened the front door and found a good friend cheerfully devouring Grandma’s creamed corn!  My friend snuck through our poorly secured window just to get his hands on Margaret’s corn.  Breaking and entering charges were never filed!

Always modest, Grandma never boasted about her cooking.  In fact, she and Grandpa lived a quiet, faithful life.  Her memories of the farm have faced, but my love for her never will.

                                                                        Tracy Willcut

Orpha Bruce was very active with her church

Orpha was very active with her church, Temple Baptist.  She has been a member since 1960, making her the oldest living member.  She participated in nearly every activity.  She attended Sunday school, Church on Sunday and Bible Study and evening church on Wednesdays.  In the early days, her husband Troy was a Deacon for the church and she volunteered at the church nursery taking care of the infants and small children.  In later years, her Bible Study Group formed a music group called the “Senior Saints”.  This group entertained at local nursing homes.  The group played music with old fashion instruments.  Orpha played the wash board.

Orpha and her best friend, Mona Bierman, attended events together.  They participated in the building committee to build a new church.  On Sunday’s after church service they would routinely go out to dinner together and spent the afternoons together before they returned for evening church.  They would travel to nearby communities to attend church fund raising dinners or events.  On Friday nights, they would plan to meet at exactly “5 to 5” pm to go to Taco Bell for supper.  When a member of the bible study group would have a birthday, they would go to Shoney’s in Mt. Vernon to have breakfast.  They loved the breakfast bar with the Biscuits and Gravy and the French Toast Sticks.  These two “Road Dogs” were always on the move.  Orpha was still driving until she was 91.

One of our favorite stories was from one New Year’s Eve when her daughter called us worried that Orpha was not home when she called to wish her a Happy New Year.  Orpha and Mona were at the church bringing in the New Year at a pot luck, playing games and having fun with their church family.

Here is a picture of Orpha standing in front of Temple Baptist on her 90th Birthday.  The church had a celebration luncheon for her and our entire family was there to celebrate her milestone birthday.

Activities Calendar

Please make sure you take a look at our calendar of daily activities and special events!

Make sure you click the event or “see more” to view the detailed list of activities each day.  You might want to plan a visit around a special event. Often times, your loved one will participate more actively if family members are present.

Did you know that our residents help plan our daily activities?  They sure do and they never hesitate to tell us what they like to do best! We plan lots of Bingo, card games and social activities of all kinds … because that is what they like to do! We are blessed with several services provided by area church groups and enjoy having youth groups come in to entertain our folks.

We plan exercising for each day, in order to stimulate and energize our big family! Lots of giggles and sometimes groans fill the room as they reach up to stretch their arms and wiggle their fingers!

We invite you to stop by and get involved in what we do! Help us celebrate our daily life!

Fourth Generation will Use Patricia Hynes’ Mixing Bowls

Growing up, whenever we made cookies for holidays or otherwise, we’d always use the same antique bowl set.  As a child, I never understood their significance, but years later my mother explained to me that she and my grandmother made cookies in those bowls.  I still use them to this day and look forward to the day my kids will make cookies in them as well!

Doug Hynes    (The Youngest Son of Patricia Hynes)



Delores Wright was a Den Mother

Mother did Cub Scouts with me and she did Boy Scouts with me.  She was a den mother.  She took me and my brother fishing, because my dad was working all the time!  She took us to the zoo, too.  She let us stay up late on Friday nights and made a lot of good desserts for us!

Michael Wright


Faye Kellerman loved Bon Fires and Ice Skating

Many years ago out on the farm, the pond would freeze and all the family would ice skate!  Was so fun!  We built a bon fire and Fay watched over it.  We all hung out and stashed bottles of homemade wine in the snow.  It was a big group of the family – nieces, nephews, cousins.  Fay had a blast seeing everyone skate and hang out together.

Carla Munton

Tie Dye Day!

Today the residents chose an article to tie dye and were asked if anyone attended Wood Stock.  All residents reported they did not attend, then we had Mr. Michael Pratt speak up and say he wanted to go but it was too far and he could not afford that but he did make it to Arkansas where he attended the Soda Pop Festival.  The festival was in a farmer’s field.

Tickets were $12.00 per person but he reported most of those attending snuck into the festival.  Michael was 22 years old when he went with five other friends.  They were in fashion wearing their bell bottom jeans and T-shirts, footwear was sandals of course.  The girls wore their bell bottom jeans with a halter top.  The Soda Pop Concert lasted three days; consisting of all rock and hard rock.  Two of the bands were Defiance and Mountain.  Michael reported there were about 60,000 – 75,000 attending.  He attended with 5 of his friends.  They camped in their cars, slept in sleeping bags as the weather wasn’t too hot.

He reported no big riots, was a pretty peaceful weekend and folks called it “Crazy people and crazy times.”  The “big” things that happened was when the concession stand was burned down by the festival goers due to their tripling the prices and they were the only food vendor there.  They had not access in or out of the festival as Highway Patrol was all over the roads leading to the concert and police had roads blocked from getting in or out.  There were people parked  alongside of the roads selling drugs, personal belongings as well as their car to make money to attend the concert.

Volunteer paramedics manned a tent and attended to those who needed medical attention.  One woman gave birth in this tent then returned to the concert.

Some concert goers hi-jacked a soda truck and used it to chase cows in the field just for fun.

Michael did get separated from his friends at one point but there were reunited and it was a good time and all returned home safely.

“That was our Wood Stock.”


Michael Pratt

Integrity Healthcare of Columbia


high school girls 2Take a favorite book along on your visit and read to your family member.

Write letters or note cards for your loved one. Help them stay in contact with their friends and family. Carry in letters or cards written to them, too.  Help them read those! 

If you take videos of children’s sports activities or school performances, take your computer or iPad on your visit and share that video!

Take along a favorite board game and play with your loved one.                                                                                                                                 

Take a puzzle that you can complete in the length of your visit.

Music is stimulating, so take your iPod or a CD player and play some favorite songs.

If you have a child to take along, take craft projects that all of you can do. Painting sun    catchers or stringing bead necklaces would be appropriate.

Use technology to connect with family members.  Take your laptop and Skype so your loved one can have a real time conversation with another family member!

Paint fingernails, brush hair or give hand massages to men and women.

Take your family member on a walk through the facility or outside, and talk about the things you see. Take time to visit the flow beds, bird cage or other focal points.

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