Local nursing home receives help on Day of Caring

September 20, 2011

Providence Marianwood, a nonprofit nursing home in Issaquah, received a helping hand from volunteer gardeners and painters Sept. 16 as the United Way of King County celebrated the Day of Caring in a series of service projects.

Employees from Aerojet, Mutual of Enumclaw and PeaceHealth set aside normal workplace duties to participate in the Day of Caring at Providence Marianwood. Elsewhere in King County, United Way-affiliated volunteers assisted in projects at nonprofit organizations, parks and schools.

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Issaquah nursing home receives help on Day of Caring

September 16, 2011

Day of Caring volunteers, employees from Aerojet, plant in a rejuvenated courtyard at Providence Marianwood during a countywide service project Friday. By Arlene Carter

NEW — 10 p.m. Sept. 16, 2011

Providence Marianwood, a nonprofit nursing home in Issaquah, received a helping hand from volunteer gardeners and painters Friday as the United Way of King County celebrated the Day of Caring in a series of service projects.

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In Fabulous 5, six — yes, six — ladies form lasting friendships

September 13, 2011

Mary Ann Knowles, Colleen Buck, Jo Ann Gazdik and Marilyn Boone (from left), four of the six members of the Fabulous Five, meet for lunch and an afternoon of conversation. Contributed

In 1994, Marilyn Davis invited to her home four fellow Providence Marianwood nurses who, like herself, were approaching retirement. It was the first meeting of the Fabulous Five.

Since then, the group (now comprised of six women) have met regularly to laugh about old times and support each other as they confront the trials of growing older.

With only a couple days’ notice, four of the six met at Marilyn Boone’s house in Issaquah for an interview. The only two missing were Davis, who now lives in Australia, and Diana Millikan, who lives on Guemes Island.

To clarify, the Fabulous Five met in the apartment behind the 97-year-old house Boone bought in 1977. “The worst house in town” is what she called it. Boone became a self-taught carpenter and electrician. She fixed up her new home on her own — all the while raising three children and working as a nurse — until she met her husband.

“He was a retired engineer and he just loved the fact that I had two very old houses that needed redoing,” she said.

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City honors nonprofit Providence Marianwood on 25th anniversary

August 2, 2011

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said a key factor in the city’s decision to recognize the Providence Marianwood Skilled Nursing Community is the fact that the facility is a nonprofit organization.

During a council meeting July 18, Frisinger and the Issaquah City Council honored Providence Marianwood on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. The city declared Aug. 13 as “Providence Marianwood Day” in Issaquah.

In comments made after the meeting, Frisinger said Providence Marianwood can help care for people who otherwise might not be able to afford nursing home services.

“We will continue to take those who have outlived their resources,” said Karla Heath, executive director of Providence Marianwood, which is in Issaquah on Providence Point Drive.

Heath added that at any given time, greater than 50 percent of the population of Providence Marianwood is receiving Medicaid.

“By virtue of its time here,” Frisinger said, “Providence has served the community well.”

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Thankful couple volunteers in return

March 22, 2011

Seven years ago, Joann Jaques lay in her bed at Providence Marianwood nursing and rehabilitation facility and feared she would die. Under treatment for a severe case of cellulitis, she was on intravenous antibiotics and was too weak to walk.

Volunteers Joann and Raymond Jaques look over patient files at Providence Marianwood nursing and rehabilitation facility. Contributed

But thanks to the nursing care and physical therapy she received at the Issaquah facility for 21 days, her infection was beaten back and she regained the strength to get up and move around.

Once she returned to her home, her thoughts turned to the needs at Marianwood.

“I figured if there’s anything I could do to give back, I’d be most happy to,” said Joann, 74. “Because for me, after all, I know they saved my life.”

Joann and her husband Raymond, 76, have both stayed at Marianwood following knee replacements, too. And for more than six years now, they’ve been repaying the staff by volunteering two to three days a week.

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Mouseketeer for life

December 21, 2010

Retired ‘voice girl’ recalls her work at the happiest place on earth

Ginny Tyler (right, wearing Golden Mouse ears) gets a ride on a motorcycle from Rich Moothart, who came to Providence Marianwood to give residents a ride on his Harley.

Ginny Tyler had the job every kid dreamed of.

She took off for Hollywood at the age of 32 and got a job with Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland, the happiest place on earth. For almost 40 years she would stay there, voicing characters for Disney movies, performing on the Disneyland lot and acting in several popular shows of the time, eventually culminating in an induction into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame in 2006.

“It was just wonderful,” Tyler said at Providence Marianwood in Issaquah, where she currently resides. “It was so thrilling to work for Walt Disney. People would say, ‘get that voice girl!’”

Tyler was born in Berkeley, Calif., but was raised in Seattle. She discovered early on she had something that set her apart from other kids her age.

“I had a deep voice for a little girl in grade school,” she said. “I learned to change my voice as a young person. I could change my voice at the click of a finger.”

That’s a talent Tyler still possesses today, as she demonstrated numerous times during an interview, switching from a witch, to a pig to Minnie Mouse seamlessly.

“(People) would ask, ‘what does Ginny sound like?’” Tyler said.

“Anything,” she answered.

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Agoraphobic painter finds friends at artEAST

November 2, 2010

Michelle Ryan smiles while standing beside two of her polymer clay collage shadow boxes recently at the original UP Front Art gallery. By Greg Farrar

For years, Michelle Ryan could not bear to go outside. She had stationed herself on her living room couch, doing crossword puzzles, watching TV and recovering from a series of medical problems.

Then, a light came into her life in the forms of a paintbrush and the welcoming crew at artEAST, an Issaquah art cooperative.

Ryan’s life has taken her across the country, but she moved to Issaquah in 1990, working as an echo cardiographer, taking ultrasounds of peoples’ hearts. In 1998, her health left her on disability, and she ended up staying indoors for the next four years. Read more

Issaquah’s art is on display at Providence Marianwood

October 12, 2010

What makes a city? About one dozen artists asked themselves the question in preparation for an artEAST show at Providence Marianwood that runs through Nov. 29.

Katya Palladina responded with the photograph of a glass Tokyo skyscraper reflecting sunlight, while Carol Ross painted a woman driving a moped on a newspaper canvas.

Carol Ross’ piece, ‘Commuting,’ will be on display at Providence Marianwood through November. Contributed

Some of the paintings have already debuted at the Collective Works Gallery, the showroom adjacent to the UP Front gallery in downtown Issaquah. Sammamish resident Janice King thought of the theme “What Makes A City” for a show in August.

She said the evolution of Sammamish inspired her.

“Sammamish is a new city and there has been so much discussion here about how we grow up as a city, what kinds of resources do we need,” she said.

She submitted a quilt exhibiting trees and homes, which highlights “the importance of keeping old-growth trees, even in the face of new development,” she said.

Other artists used the media of paint, photography, collage, glass, fiber and clay in their submissions.

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Bring pets to blessing of the animals Wednesday

October 5, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 4, 2010

Bring Fido and Fluffy to Providence Marianwood to be blessed by a priest Wednesday morning.

To celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the pets of Providence Marianwood residents — plus animals owned by staff members, volunteers, family members and the public — can participate in a blessing led by the Rev. Fred Jessett.

The blessing is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. at Providence Marianwood, 3725 Providence Point Drive S.E. Call 391-2895 to learn more.

St. Francis, a 12th and 13th-century priest, is the patron saint of animals.

Art exhibit brings joy, funding

August 17, 2010

The exhibit features work from Susan Briggs, an artist who uses intricate fabric collage, stitching and beading to create detailed and colorful designs. By Susan Briggs

Textile art by Eastside female artists is to embellish the walls of Providence Marianwood through the end of September, thanks to a partnership between the assisted living facility and artEAST.

The exhibit, titled “Vibrant Threads,” showcases the work of Anne Anderson, of Issaquah; Sharlet Driggs, of Fall City; and Susan Olds, of North Bend. Made from felted wool, hand-painted silk and fabric collage, the art boasts vivacious colors and unusual media. Read more

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