Mrs. Ruth Herring, a long-term care resident at Mary Gran, is the friend I would like for you to meet this week.
Mrs. Ruth is surrounded by family pictures in her room at Mary Gran. Birthday celebrations and family get-togethers are shown in just a few of the many pictures. Family is very important to her.
Born in Kenansville, Mrs. Ruth has eight children — seven daughters and one son. She worked in the cafeteria at Mt. Olive College and loved the students she met there. You can tell as you talk with her that she has worked hard all of her life. She is proud of her children and what they have accomplished including becoming nurses, a preacher and housewives. Mrs. Ruth attended Evergreen United Methodist Church where she served as an usher and her son was the preacher.
She was very busy in her everyday life. She enjoyed cooking and working in her flowers when she was at home. According to her daughter, Sheila, Mrs. Ruth lived beside her sister and they would have a competition to see whose flowers looked the best.
Early in her years here, Mrs. Ruth took care of all the flowers at Mary Gran. Her family referred to her as the “Queen of Mary Gran” because she was so active and into everything going on at the facility. She actually won the Mrs. Mary Gran title in 2010. She was very active in all activities in the facility until her dementia started getting worse. She still has a beautiful smile that greets anyone who sees her.
Mrs. Ruth enjoys a rich, full life filled with family and friends. She takes pleasure in her 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and approximately 10 great-great grandchildren.
She has been at Mary Gran for about 10 years. Throughout that time we have learned from her and have enjoyed her friendship. If you come by Mary Gran Nursing and Rehab, please stop by to say hello to Mrs. Ruth Herring, our flower whisperer.
Mrs. Ruth’s advice to everyone: Treat people as you would want to be treated. And help someone if you can.
Mary Gran Nursing and Rehab offers Short Term, Long Term and Assisted Living to residents of Sampson and surrounding areas. Please contact Lisa Honeycutt, RN 910-214-9183 or Karen Carter, admissions director, at 910-592-7981