Category Archives: Residents

New resident spotlight: Mildred Dowling

Mildred Dowling

Mildred Dowling

She may be new to Fulton Presbyterian Manor, but it’s certainly not new to her. Mildred Dowling joined our family in January 2018, but her father, Judge Oscar A. Kamp, was with us from 1982-1988.

“I chose Fulton Presbyterian Manor over other area options partly because I was familiar with it, and partly because I really like the levels of care they offer here. If you get really ill, you don’t always have to be rushed to the hospital or to another place,” said Mildred.

Mildred knows first-hand what kind of dilemma that can be, after her husband went through a similar experience several years ago. read more

The Right Ingredients for Independent Living

Doty & Wally Peck

Doty & Wally Peck

When Doty and Wally Peck started their search for an independent living community, they knew it had to have the right mix of amenities and affordability. And after looking at several communities, both in Columbia and Jefferson City, they decided to stay right at home in Fulton.

“We wanted to stay in this community. And here, you can rent your apartment rather than having to buy one,” said Wally.

“They were all nice, but this was the best,” Doty added.

A staff connection helped seal the deal. read more

Fulton Presbyterian Manor announces Art is Ageless® winners

Ruth Horton, “Deer Deers”

Fulton Presbyterian Manor recently hosted a reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.

“We are honored to exhibit artwork by seniors,” said Keri Edwards, marketing director. “Art is Ageless is unique in featuring only the works of artists age 65 and older. Our artists prove that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.”

Alma Hoffmann, “Orian Star Quilt”

Winners in the Fulton Presbyterian Manor Art is Ageless juried competition were:

People’s Choice (professional): Ruth Horton, “Dear Deers” read more

Volunteers bring voting to Fulton Presbyterian Manor

Laura Bolton, left, has many connections to the Fulton Presbyterian Manor campus. In addition to volunteering with the voting program, her mother, Evelyn Hopkins, far right, is a resident. Mother and daughter pose here with friend Charlotte Rosenstengel.

Every April, we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month and honor those individuals who give their time freely to make Fulton Presbyterian Manor a better place to live and work. Volunteers can help in a variety of ways, and one volunteer, Laura Bolton, came up with a unique way to help residents fulfill their civic duties and remain an active voice in the community: voting.

“It was once up to the staff at Fulton Presbyterian Manor or family to make sure that any resident that wanted to vote could make that happen,” said Laura. “Denise Hubbard, the current Callaway County Clerk, and Kathie Ratliff, Deputy County Clerk, decided that it would be nice if there was a process to make that easier.”  With the help of social worker Donna Hunter, Laura was instrumental in bringing the ability to vote right to the residents at Fulton Presbyterian Manor. read more

Volunteer of the Year: Baylie Borman

Baylie with her grandmother Judy Borman.

Volunteers play a vital role in helping our staff and residents on a daily basis at Presbyterian Manor. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, so now is a great time to highlight one particular volunteer who’s made a big impact, Baylie Borman.

Activity Director Beth Boyd says Baylie has been an outstanding volunteer, often just stopping in to see if she can do anything.

“She comes to mind so often when I need someone to volunteer or fill in. She comes here bouncing and smiling every time,” Beth said. read more

Barbecue dinner benefits seniors at Fulton Presbyterian Manor

A barbecue pork and brisket dinner March 24 will benefit Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Program. The event includes a live and silent auction and musical entertainment by Gary and Suze Durk.

The Good Samaritan Pork Dinner and Silent Auction will be held at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 718 Court St. Tickets are $20 per person for a pulled pork and brisket dinner. Children 10 and younger eat free.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Silent auction will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The live auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Auction highlights include 4 one-day hopper passes to Disney World, two $40 gift certificates to Big Whiskey’s in Lee’s Summit, and a handmade quilt. read more

Fa-la-la-la in Fulton!

Fulton Presbyterian Manor will be having our annual Resident Christmas party on December 20 at 6:30 a.m. in the Assisted Living Dining Room. We will have a buffet style breakfast, with amazing food. Families are invited to attend. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be here to hand out gifts to all residents. All kids who attend will receive a gift from Santa.

Fa-la-la-la in Fulton!

Please call 573-642-6646 to RSVP so we can make sure we have plenty of wonderful food and that each child receives a gift. read more

Q & A with Secret Santa

As the leaves begin to fall and the days get chillier, our thoughts turn to the holidays, especially the most magical time of year. Christmas is a special season, a time to celebrate the ultimate gift given to us by giving gifts to others. Christmas at Fulton Presbyterian Manor is especially exciting, thanks to our very own Secret Santa. We sat down with him or her (we’ve got to keep you guessing) to ask a few questions:

Q: What do you do for the residents at Fulton Presbyterian Manor when Christmas comes around?
A: Keri Edwards, marketing director, and Donna Hunter, social services director, make a list of residents and go around to interview them to see what they would like from Santa. After the deadline passes for families to bring in Christmas presents for their loved ones, Keri gives me a list of suggested presents. I have no names, only a number to identify them. I take this list and, with Keri’s help, I go shopping so everyone has a present under the tree from Santa. To do this right, not only do they not know who I am, I don’t know who they are either. read more

Kielbasas’ Migration Journey

Margot Kielbasa immigrated from Germany in the 1940s with her husband Stefen.

It may seem like a lifetime ago to Margot Kielbasa, but the story of how she came to live in Fulton, Missouri, is truly timeless. It’s one of courage and determination, and ultimately, love.

At just 14 years old, Margot was sent to live on a farm, where she would work for four year and she wasn’t allowed to leave. Why? Because it was Germany in the mid-1940s.

“Hitler was in leadership at that time, and if you didn’t go to high school, they sent you to work. So mom was sent to a farm, where she got up and milked cows the very next day,” said her daughter, Lana Wetherell. read more

Owens celebrate more than 50 years of marriage

When it comes to knowing how to make a marriage last, Leta and Richard Owen could probably write the book. They tied the knot on May 16, 1959, recently marking 58 years of marriage.  

“We met at a wedding, and I called her six times before she’d go on a date with me to a drive-in movie,” said Richard.  

Both Leta and Richard graduated from Fulton High School. Leta worked for the Missouri Department of Education for 40 and a half years, and Richard retired from AZZ Electric after 30 years of service.   read more