Thanks to the Staff at Landis Homes

Friday, February 26

Mother (2)

When we went back to Landis Homes on Friday morning to remove Mother’s belongings, we saw this beautiful memorial – outside her door.

Mother (3)

Cerwin and his sister, Velda, with Mother’s cartfull of personal items. Elvin removed a few things the day before – the clock and TV belong to his family.


There are not enough words in the English language to describe our gratefulness to the nurses and staff at Landis Homes who cared for her. I think they loved her almost as much as we did. When those on duty heard about her death, some came to her room and cried with us.

On our final visit – when we emptied her room – we had trouble getting to her room because so many nurses and staff stopped us to offer their sympathy and give us hugs.


Pray for Cerwin’s family us as we prepare for her viewing and funeral (Friday and Saturday). Several have a long trip ahead of them – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Since the service is at Erb Mennonite – where Mel and Velda attend – they have the bulk of the service arrangements to set up. Each of us is preparing a 24″ x 36″ white board of photos of our individual family members. These will be presented inside glass covered frames – on an easel stand.

I was asked to set up a printed memorial folder similar to the one I did for Cerwin’s dad.

I spent the last few days working on a slide show and am enjoying wonderful memories as I find pictures in my files and receive photos from other family members via email or disk. The only requirement is that Mother/Grandma is on each photo.

My problem now is reducing the number of photos so the slides only last about 15 or 20 minutes. I would like them to rotate a few times during the viewing and while people wait for the service to begin on Saturday. Before doing any deleting of similar or duplicates or making a collage of others, I have 1,202 pictures – and I am getting more tomorrow evening. Yes, they each include a picture of Mother. I think that is a 3 hour slide show. That means I have some deleting and combining to do this week. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Thanks to the Staff at Landis Homes

  1. A memorial quilt? Oh, my goodness, what a special tribute. Mrs. High was one special lady, and you all were blessed to have had her live in such a special place with a staff who loved her. I will be praying for you as you go through those photos, and your whole family as you meet to celebrate the life of Mrs. High and mourn as those who KNOW where their loved ones are!

  2. That’s a lovely memorial! How great that she lived in a place where the staff loved her so much. Enjoy the task of organizing the photos — that will bring back many memories!

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