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Wedding at local assisted living facility a success, thanks to all

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To the Editor:

On Jan. 30, 2009, I was fortunate to be a part of a wonderful wedding celebration. Kimberly Moss was a new employee at Southern Manor Living Centers here in Lebanon. She had just moved here from Ohio.

Kim started her new job on Jan. 9 and asked if it would be too much trouble for her to be off on Jan. 30. She hated to ask off so soon, but she was getting married. When questioned about the particulars of the wedding, she said that she and her fiancé Wade were just going to go to the courthouse. Money was tight and having just moved, they didn’t have any extra for a “wedding.”

Well, one thing led to another and before you know it we had a full blown wedding on our hands. We are always looking for new and interesting activities for our residents here at Southern Manor, and since most of them are not able to get out a lot, putting on a wedding right here “at home” seemed like the thing to do.

So, we got busy spreading the word. The residents were all excited to be a part of the celebration. Everyone pitched in and on her wedding day, Kim said she felt like a princess. She was able to wear my daughter’s prom dress from last year, Melissa Christensen from Salon Radiance salon provided make up and styled her hair and Lee Mangrum, the associate minister from Berea Church of Christ, performed the ceremony. Kim’s new co-workers all helped decorate and serve. At the end of the afternoon, Kim and Wade were surprised to find that Daniel Gladden of Cedarvine Manor had provided the honeymoon suite for their wedding night.

It was a wonderful day. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped put this wedding together in such a short time and were so generous with their time, talents and resources. Our residents spent the afternoon eating cake and drinking punch, talking, laughing, “dancing” and most of all remembering when they were young and in love.

Cindy Mangrum, executive Director,Southern Manor Living Centers Lebanon

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