In Appreciation of Oseola
---by Tom Fodor, Executive Director CEO
While many debated walls and status, we were busy doing our part to make a dying woman feel at home in her accidentally adopted country.
This is Oseola with Home Assistant Meeko Davis. She arrived in America to become a nanny, only to find there was no one at the airport to greet her. In just a few days she found out she had Stage 4 cancer. In time she was able to call the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home, her home!
Provider Relations Specialist Penny Davis always got a kick out of Oseola calling Penny what sounded a lot like “momma” in Oseola’s Nigerian tongue. It probably was a sign of politeness and respect. Her ability as a seamstress soon became legendary. Our staff gave her the comfort she needed to live - and to prepare some unique meals in our kitchen along the way. When I walked by her room I was always compelled to say hello. She had that welcoming way about her. In fact when I thanked staff for making her feel at home, they unanimously gave her credit for trusting them to be herself!
She passed away in early June. Staff left her room untouched for a while. It just seemed like the thing to do.
Abbie Hunt Bryce Home residents are always in need of food, clothing, and other household and living supplies. If you wish to donate, contact the Home at 317.860.0484.
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