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Events, milestones and celebrations occur every day within the Good Samaritan Society. Here, you can read
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Nov 18, 2015

Quilting artist Josie Mills shares a piece she stitched displaying each state flag of the United States. Josie credits routine exercise for allowing her "frozen fingers" to get back into a hobby she's enjoyed since 1946.


(Denton, Texas) – Josie Mills wasn’t born an artist. Her soon-to-be mother-in-law made her one.  


The year was 1946, and Dolly Mills insisted that Josie know how to sew, quilt, crochet and tat before marrying her son, John.

Soon, Josie was using fabric as her canvas and thread as her paintbrush.


With each stitch, knot and loop, Josie found she loved working with her hands and spent decades creating heirlooms for family and friends.


So, it came as a blow when arthritis stiffened Josie’s hands and made her fingers curl.

Josie explains how to tat with fingers that feel "as good as new" after she began battling arthritis in the 1980s.


Little by little, she had to give up her handiwork.

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Nov 11, 2015

Art and Judy Wiley share some photos of Art's military service – spanning 60 years – from the comfort of their Lake Forest Village home.


(Denton, Texas) – Art Wiley’s service to his country spanned six decades, including World War II, the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War.


His civilian resume is impressive too:

  • saddle bronc rider
  • first aid instructor
  • tire salesman
  • welder
  • funeral director


But what has driven Art, even from a young age, is a passion to serve the sick and wounded.

Click the video above to hear Art and Judy share why they love Veterans Day.

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Nov 10, 2015

(Mountain Home, Arkansas) – Eric Wingrove had an immediate employer when he was accepted into a certified nursing assistant program at Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Home.


The center helped the former personal care assistant earn the qualifications necessary to become a certified nursing assistant, or CNA.


At its own expense, the center is giving people an opportunity to take classes at Arkansas State University – Mountain Home to help them achieve that goal.


“We pay for classes, books and any equipment they need,” says Julie Astry, human resources coordinator at Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Home.


Even better, participants receive a paycheck while completing their studies.


“We pay them an hourly wage to go to school three days a week and work two days on the floor,” Julie says.


Eric says that aspect of the program appealed to him because it created a “worry-free” opportunity to further his education.


He had been trying to become a CNA but hadn’t figured out how to earn an income while in school.


“Coming here, I didn’t have to do that,” Eric says. “It’s a win-win on my budget.”

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Nov 09, 2015

Veryll Magneson survived a wound to the head while delivering ammunition during the Battle of the Bulge.

(Villisca, Iowa) – Wounded in the head by enemy artillery fire, Veryll Magneson cheated death during World War II's Battle of the Bulge.


Veryll was a Technician Fifth Grade in the U.S. Army who saw 310 straight days of combat with the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He earned a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal, five Battle Stars and a Good Conduct Medal because of a single selfless, brave act during the bitter winter of 1945 in Luxembourg.


Veryll, who lives at Good Samaritan Society – Villisca, volunteered to deliver ammunition desperately needed on the front lines in Bavigne, a tiny village in northwest Luxembourg. The call for help came from Company C on the morning of Jan. 19.


The road to Company C’s position was narrow, mountainous and passed through Esch-sur-la-Sure, Luxembourg, according to a narrative that accompanies Veryll’s Bronze Star Medal.


Esch-sur-la-Sure was under direct enemy artillery fire as Veryll drove the load of ammunition through. He was wounded by a shell fragment that hit his head.

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Nov 02, 2015

Chaplain intern, Mark Jacobs, left, chats with a resident at Good Samaritan Society – Fairfield Glade.


(Crossville, Tennessee) – Mark Jacobs was looking forward to the end of chapel services at
Good Samaritan Society – Fairfield Glade. It wasn't that the sermon or the music bored him. No, Mark, a chaplain intern, looked forward to visiting with residents.


But on this day, Mark made a connection that turned out to be a challenging one, even with the pastoral counseling training he had received in seminary.


"A resident told me she was tired of living and was ready to die," he says. "She is content and her life has been full, but she deals with the grief of her loss of freedom, strength and mobility."


Mark and the woman talked for a while and he learned she once led a very active life, but was no longer able to do so. Mark recognized her struggle was one that many people encounter as they age, but it was also deeper than just not being active anymore.


"We all need to feel God's presence," Mark says. "We also need to feel that our lives have meaning, that they are still relevant. One of the toughest questions you can face is 'why is God letting this happen to me?'"

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