The Waterford on Highland Colony celebrates its residents with special activities, seminars and more throughout the year that bring our community together. Our community features plenty of things to experience, from movie nights to special wine and cider socials. Our seniors can access the Ridgeland Super Star Senior Program offering many enrichment programs to people 55 and over including oil painting, foreign language classes, martial arts and dancing. Residents, family members and friends can keep track of all of our daily, weekly and monthly happenings, find out how to get involved in our activities, see photos from past events and get the latest news from our community by checking here.
Born on May 13, 1923 to Augusta and Jessie Hays, Sarah Ruth Hays became the little sister of Laura Hays. She spent most of her growing up years in Batesville and later Charleston, MS. Her love of music led her to become a member of the Charleston H.S. band. After graduation, she spent time in both New York City and Chicago, living with her aunts and uncles and taking college courses. She returned to Charleston, where she met and married John Talmage Shelton. They made their home in the country near Lambert, MS, and began farming. Soon the house was full of boys! Four boys two years apart were born: Walter, John Jr., Lauris and Joe. Seven years later, just before her 40th birthday, they had a daughter named Velma Marie.
These five children would go on to give Sarah and Talmage 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Interestingly, all the boys had girls! The only girl had two boys and one daughter.
Family was always the pulse of the home in which these children grew up and frequent family get-togethers were a staple part of life! This formed a bond that lasts to this day, no matter the distance.
During her mothering years and beyond, Sarah was involved in the community of Quitman County and Frst Baptist Church of Lambert. She saw that her children grew up in Sunday school and church (imagine getting five children ready on Sunday morning!) Sarah also taught Sunday school. She was very active in the homemakers’ council and bridge club.
Sarah has always been a lover of games! Bridge being her favorite amongst many. She still plays to this day and strives to be active in all the activities she can at the Waterford. She has a host of friends and they share many memories and make much more together.
Sarah has a fierce and deep love for God and for each member of her family. She is naturally joyful to be around, and facilitates “peace in the valley" as she calls it. Now, patience- anyone who has raised 5 children has patience, whether they had it naturally, like Sarah or they finally gave up and sat down in the middle of the toys or the mess and just laughed! Kindness comes natural to Sarah as well; she is just simply a kind person, always speaks to everyone and will do all manner of things for her family, friends, and strangers. Her motto is: do a kind deed as often as you can, as much as you can, for as long as you can! Sarah owns a gentle spirit that could soothe any upset child and mend any fence. She would rather save her turnip greens for Walter and her cookies for the next visiting grandchild than eat them herself!
You see, I know my mother very well, and she would not want me to list all of her accomplishments, which are many, or tell stories about her, most of which are hysterical! No… her story is about praising Jesus! How extremely blessed are her children to have this heritage! Thank you, mother, for showing us the way. We love you so...…
An hour-long concert has been in the works for some time now. It just took the students a few days to make it work with their classes. The Belhaven Jazz Band will really get us "In The Mood" May 2nd. This will be their last performance for the summer and it is sure to be a winner.
Waterford residents adore good music and we are truly thrilled to have The Brick Street Barbershop Quartet coming to entertain us on Tuesday, May 2 at 11am. Wouldn't it be great if you could join us? It's great to know such wonderful talent and be able to see them perform live just for us!
You are all invited to attend the piano recital by students of Chelsea Riches Saturday, May 6th. It's at 10am around our baby grand. Lots of parents and grandparents will attend so "first come - first serve" on the seating. This is their 2nd time to provide weekend entertainment for us this year.
A member from the Mississippi Wildlife Dept. is joining us May 9th for a morning program at 10:30. Chairs will be set up for a costumed skit telling the life story of wildlife conservationist Fanny Cook of Mississippi. She paved the road, you could say, for most everything that's happening good for the Wildlife Dept. There was a recent article about her life in the Clarion Ledger newspaper several months ago.
Back my popular demand on Wednesday, May 10th is Maynard, Murray, Wilson and Al. They put on an hour of just good ole family music. A little bit of blue grass, some country and always plenty of gospel favorites. They're so kind, talented and good hearted to gift us each month. We look forward to their musical genius.
From our family to yours, wishing you all a very Happy Easter!
Who says an Easter Egg Hunt is just for children? Seniors at The Waterford enjoyed searching for over 300 eggs on Monday, April 10th for well over an hour and truly enjoyed themselves. The eggs were hidden that morning my employees - several residents cheated and watched - but - who cares, right??!! The eggs were hidden inside and outside and we even had a few great-grands that came to hunt with us. It was a beautiful sunny day, not too windy but of course, several wore sweaters. We always get a cool snap before Easter Sunday down South. One resident said she'd found 47 eggs. It was kinda like, "How many did YOU find?" Candy was inside all the tiny plastic multi-colored eggs. Nobody found the "golden egg" filled with $20 bill in it Guess it will roll over to next Easter..
Come out and join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Easter eggs are full of candy, and some even contain money!
Every Friday this month we will be attending a movie of choice at the Malco Movie Theater in Madison.
Resident Spotlight: Bill Walker
William H. Walker was born in Holly Springs, MS on November 28, 1917 to Mr. & Mrs. Cline Walker. Bill was the oldest of four boys. His father passed away when he was 12 years old, which led to his enrollment at an agricultural boarding school in Slayden. He finished high school and went on to take college courses at The University of Southern Mississippi before enlisting in the Navy where he excelled in wrestling. In 1939 he won the Navy wrestling championship. Then he went on to become the All-Service Wrestling Champ. His trophy is on display in the Marshal County historical museum.
Bill served in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. In one battle, his left hand was severed. Thankfully, the ship’s surgeon was able to reattach it. In another medical emergency, Bill’s appendix was removed, without anesthesia, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
On the date that shall live in infamy, December 7, 1941, Bill was traveling on a bus from Memphis to Holly Springs. While on the bus, he met Mary Louise Whitten. She worked at Pentagon and was on her way home to New Albany, MS. Bill and Mary Louise hit it off so well that he rode with her all the way to New Albany. (He was on his own to figure out a way to get back to Holly Springs.) Bill sent her flowers next day and the two were married in 1944. Just like his parents, Bill and Mary Louise had four sons: Bill, Paul, Andy and Bob.
Bill retired from the Navy after 22 years of service. In that time he visited almost every continent and countless countries. His second career was with the Mississippi Employment Security Commission. Sadly, Bill lost the love of his life March 3, 2008.
Bill lists his hobbies as eating, visiting, and hunting. His favorite team is usually whoever is winning, although Andy and Deb seem to persuade him to wear Ole Miss apparel frequently. When asked what makes him proudest, Bill talks about the success of his children and grandchildren. The Waterford has been his home since December 2012.
Hospital rules state that patients checking out must have a wheelchair.
One day a newly graduated nurse assistant came into the room to find an elderly man fully dressed. He was sitting on the bedside chair, with a piece of packed luggage at his side, all ready to go.
When he was shown the wheelchair, he was adamant that he was fully capable of walking himself to the parking lot.
But the assistant told him rules were rules, so he relented and let her wheel him out.
In the elevator, the assistant asked the elderly man if his wife was coming to meet him.
“I don’t think so,” he replied. “It takes her awhile to change her clothes, so she’s probably still upstairs in the bathroom taking off of her hospital gown and getting dressed.”
Did you know......?
The Waterford sits on 9.2 acres.
The pond's average depth is 3 feet.
Albert and his staff serve an average of 9,971 meals each month!
Each hallway is 375.5 feet long.
We have approximately 122,000 square feet of living space under 89,000 square feet of roof.
Check back next month for more interesting FAST FACTS!
The Waterford was recently visited by Bill Daniel, Director of Safety for Capital Senior Living. After a thorough evaluation of our community's safety initiatives, documentation, emergency preparedness, and physical conditions, we scored a 94 out of 100!
The Waterford on Highland Colony is committed to keeping our community safe for our Residents that call us home, and for our employees that strive to make this a great place to work.
The Safety Committee meets once a month to discuss any concerns or issues that arise.
ALL staff as well as residents are encouraged to bring any and all safety concerns to a member of the Safety Committee as soon as it is noted.
The Safety Committee consists of:
• Verna Myers
• Cristal Palmer
• Bettie Yancy
• Willie Horne
• Jozetta Stovall
• Kevin Hanlon
Anyone who would like to participate with the Safety Committee should contact Kevin Hanlon, Executive Director.