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A day for mothers
NHC Homecare sponsors social
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Accomplished artist, 98-year-old Iris Casey, shares a moment with her granddaughter, Dawn Cantrell. The two reminisce about the many pieces of artwork produced by Casey, such as this piece which was awarded Best of Show in 1996.

Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood, and is celebrated throughout the world. The American celebration started in 1908 by Anna Jarvis as a way to honor her mother who had recently passed away. The day became an official holiday in the United States in 1914.
This information was shared by NHC Homecare representative Susan Burrows at the annual Mother’s Day Social at Riverview Terrace. The event is sponsored by NHC Homecare as a way to honor the mothers at the residence  and to show their appreciation.
“We enjoy doing this so much,” said Burrows. “We realize all may not be mothers or some may not have children that can visit, so we just get together to socialize and have a good time.”
A social needs good food, and the Mother’s Day event was no exception. Riverview’s dietary service coordinator Monda Nichols prepared fresh strawberry cake, blueberry pinwheels, sweet and sour smokies, bacon and parmesan cream cheese turnovers and fresh watermelon.
“We prepare three meals a day for the 18 residents, all made from scratch,” said Nichols.
Residents and their guests enjoyed dining on the snacks, visiting with each other and reminiscing about Mother’s Day.
Jennifer Grady stopped by to visit with her mother, Annabelle Garforth. The two remembered Mother’s Days past when the family was together.
One of Garforth’s sons, Larry Burggraf, resides in Ohio, and sends fresh flowers to his mother in his absence. 
“My family is so special to me, and I appreciate them all,” said Garforth, who has 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 
Dawn Cantrell spent the afternoon with her grandmother, Iris Casey, who is 98 years of age. The special lady has given up doing her artwork, but her residence is filled with examples of her oil paintings and her china paintings.
“My grandmother is good at anything she tries to do,” said Cantrell. “She has been a secretary, an educator and a wonderful artist.”
June Comstock, 96, welcomed a visit from her daughter, Ellen Ostrander, who resides in Sevierville.
“This is a special day to honor all mothers for all her love and hard work she has given you,” said Comstock. “It means a lot to us all, because we are proud of our children and being mothers.”

Monda’s Savory Turnovers
1 package of cream cheese
½ cup bacon crumbles
½ cup parmesan
1 package puff pastry dough

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute, add ingredients and stir.
Cut pastry into six equal squares, and add 1 tablespoon cheese mixture. Fold into triangles and press edges.
Spray sheet pan and place on pan. Cook until browned slightly, approximately 25 minutes.