For Dolores Decker, being a distinguished citizen is just a way of life.
On March 13, the Coffey County native received a lifetime achievement award, presented by the Kansas Health Care Association. She was accompanied by Gwen Mays from The Meadows, Diana Thomsen and Linda Scott from Sunset Manor, along with 10 family members. Dolores was nominated by the staff at Sunset Manor, Waverly, where she now resides.
“Dolores is everyone’s best friend and such a delight,” says Amy Johnson, activities coordinator for Sunset Manor. “She finds joy participating in all activities that are held at our facility.”
As a former vice president at Peoples National Bank in Burlington, she was a stunning fashionista by day and a farmer’s wife by night and weekend. Being a farm hand did not bother her. From feeding the cattle to slopping hogs or hauling hay, she was right at home.
Serving on many boards in her community was a delight to her, as well as being a Farm Bureau member. In addition to attending Emporia State University Teachers College, she was also a member of St Francis and St Joseph Catholic Churches, where she served as a choir member, and funeral dinner chairperson. The commitment she gave just added to her class.
Dolores did it all with her husband, John, of 47 years. Not blessed with children, the couple loved when their nieces and nephews could visit during the summer on their farm.
“Dolores is such a well rounded and respected resident at our facility and leaves a smile on the face of all she comes in contact with,” Johnson says.
Outings are a favorite activity for Dolores. Going shopping or even out to eat, she loves seeing people in the community. She is always one of the first people to welcome and make friends with new residents.
Helping people is what it’s all about, and Dolores does just that. She finds the good in all situations that come her way. Comfort just comes natural to her as she is very helpful to others and has such a sweet disposition.
Each year, KHCA invites nursing homes throughout the state look at the elders in their care, and raise up one individual who best meets those qualities that make this the greatest generation.
The KHCA is a statewide non-profit association that represents over 200 long-term care providers, Founded in 1951, KHCA is the largest association of its kind in Kansas. Its members are composed of for-profit and not-for-profit facilities consisting of nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, nursing facilities for mental health, intermediate care, facilities for the intellectually disabled, and hospital-based long term care units.
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