May 2, 2007 Edition

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Meeker will be missed at LHNC

Mary Wilkerson (left) and Sarah Wright (right) present Rebecca "Becky" Meeker with a plate marking her 23 years of service to Lawrence Hall Nursing Center. Meeker's last day on the job as activity director was April 20.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt
Gretchen Hunt

As the residents and staff of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center gathered for an informal reception on April 19, Rebecca Meeker was busy doing her usual things.

She scooted residents up to the table in their wheelchairs, hugged the necks of everyone she saw and served cake and punch with a smile on her face. It didn't matter that the reception was in her honor, she was going to do as she has always done ~ serve others.

Meeker, whose last day at LHNC was April 20, was recognized during the reception for her more than 23 years of service to the center. She worked for a short time beginning in 1978, and returned in July of 1983 as a certified nursing assistant. She then began working in the activities department, where she became the activities director.

During the reception, Lawrence Hall Administrator Sarah Wright and Mary Wilkerson, social director, presented Meeker, who is called Becky by her friends and co-workers, with a plate commemorating her service. It reads, "In appreciation of your dedication and loyalty to the residents of Lawrence Hall."

Meeker said that it was at LHNC that she learned how to respect and what it means to really care.

"I began to learn how to give back to those who had given a lifetime to others," she said. "I learned the true meaning of living and dying. I was a frightened, but determined, girl with goals and dreams. I saw people who needed more than nursing care, they needed a friend."

Meeker said she is grateful for any way she has helped a resident during her years.

"I am just so thankful to God that I was able to provide a sense of self worth and joy, if only for a few hours," she said. "I feel blessed to be a part of each person's life who has entered these doors. As I leave Lawrence Hall and go on to more dreams and adventures, I will always be dedicated to the center."

She also expressed her appreciation to the Lawrence Health Services Board for allowing her to serve and providing for her and her family through the years.

"If there is one thing I can leave with you, it is my hopes that LHNC will continue to serve our community to its fullest and capture some of the emotional richness that lies at the heart of the operation to have the same vision that LHNC was built on ~ compassion and the need to serve."

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