By Jocelyn Pedersen
The Norman Transcript
NOBLE — Toes tapped and folks danced recently to the big band sounds of the Flying High Band amid sweets and treats provided by various hospices, vendors and local businesses at Noble Health Care Center Day.
Family of staff member Jesse Smith performed Native American dances and an Elvis impersonator as well as a photo booth were part of the day’s festivities. One of the day’s highlights was a visit from the Centenarian Project to honor William “Fred” Scott who recently celebrated his 102nd birthday.
“He’s like he’s in his 80s,” Margaret Walker, social services director said of Scott.
Anna Diaz, director, said she overheard Scott telling a visitor that hard work is important for success.
Hard work is what preceded the annual event at the center. The City of Noble proclaimed July 22 in 2005 as Noble Health Care Center Day in honor of Diaz having been named Administrator of the Year. The facility received the Best Practices award two years in a row in 2004 and 2005. Now, the center celebrates Noble Health Care Center Day on the Friday closest to July 22 by throwing a big party for residents and their guests.
“It’s a good get-together for our residents,” Jackie Wood, administrative assistant said. “They enjoy it. It’s a fun day to enjoy each other.”
Resident Royce Archer echoed Wood’s sentiment saying he was enjoying all of the festivities. He said he’d already had some snacks including s’mores.
“I may gain five pounds,” he said with a grin.
Resident Ora May Woods said she was enjoying the party, while Clare Maehs said she was ready for a nap.
“They look forward to it (Noble Health Care Center Day) every year,” said Holly Moreu of Loving Care Home Health between toasting s’mores. “We look forward to it every year. I’ve been with Loving Care for six years. It’s a big deal. You don’t want to miss it.”
For more information about Noble Health Care Center, call 405-872-7102.