This venue was created to host special events, community activities parties at Winthrop Court.
You may have noticed the photos that decorate not only the room, but the grand hallway that leads to it. These pieces depict scenes from the famous and iconic highway that spans our country from Illinois to California, Route 66.
Here are some facts about that highway that might interest you. U.S. R oute 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles . It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.
US 66 served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed. US 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, and it was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985. Portions of the road that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona have been designated a National Scenic Byway of the name “Historic Route 66.” Several states have adopted significant bypassed sections of the former US 66 into state road networks.
Businesses have, over recent years, begun to spring up in what was the string of restaurants, shops and service stations closed after Route 66 was removed from the highway system. These new shops and restaurants have helped to renew the economy of the areas where they are and also serve to provide the tourists who visit the area with a souvenir of their visit to the road that is known as the Main Street of America, Route 66.
Different titles were put forth to name this award, but Charlie Williams made the final suggestion to call this honor, The Cuppie Webb Memorial Award (The “Cuppie”).
Cuppie Webb was a long time staff member and Med Tech at Winthrop Court. She was a treasure to those who knew and loved her. Her presence was insurance that calm and happiness would be a major part of your day. She did her job, did it well with compassion and without drama or strife.
She lost a long and hard fought battle with cancer in 2013. Her bravery, dignity and grace during that time was an inspiration to all who were witness to it.
Reecie and her husband Rodney are devoted parents to four children and six grandchildren. They love to spend their spare time traveling and with their family. is much loved by residents and her fellow staff members. Her quiet and sweet nature makes her the ideal caregiver.
Reecie holds the distinction of being the care giver with the longest length of service to Winthrop. She has been with the community for 19 years
Martha charmed the audience with a delightful comedy routine.
The Winthrop Communities have a history of beautiful ladies as contestants in this annual completion.
They are proof the statement borrowed from the article published in the October 9th edition of the Rome News Tribune … “beauty and grace only gets better with age.”
When I asked Dot if she was born in Georgia, she chuckled and said, “In Georgia I was born and bred, and when I die I’ll be Georgia dead!” Dot was born in Watkinsville, Georgia in the front bedroom, on the right-hand side of an antebellum home that had a front-porch and a swing. She was born a Methodist but converted to the Baptist Church when she married Ed M. Sayer, Jr., who was a school teacher at Druid Hills High School.
While married to Mr. Sayer, the school teacher, Dot became busy in a number of pursuits. She became a member of the Georgia Homemakers Counsel, an organization she still belongs to today. Crochet, quilting and photography were among the many activities of this club, but promoting the three R’s was most important. “Reduce, Recycle and Reuse are principles that go back to the 4H Club. These are things we promoted for improving and helping home life.”
Mrs. Sayer was also a member of the Decatur Lions Club. She was given to raising thousands of dollars and collecting eye glasses for the less fortunate. Her club would wash, sanitize and recycle for local use and abroad.
When she wasn’t involved in Georgia Homemakers, Lions Club or tracing her family name with her interest in genealogy, Dot was a member and also served as president of the Garden Club in Decatur from 1972 to 2010 where she pursued her love of gardening and planting.
Dot also became a very prominent fundraiser when she founded the Scleroderma Georgia Link. She published a cookbook that raised thousands of dollars for a group of prominent rheumatologists at the medical department of the University of South Carolina and the Georgia Baptist Health foundation.
Just in case you were wondering, she also held down a full-time job with the Georgia Department of Labor, from where she retired. And because she needed something else to do when she retired, she became a columnist for the Senior Times and wrote Jes’ Ponderin’ musings from Dorothy O’Sayer.
In 1992, Dot found a new hobby in the Miss Senior Georgia Pageant for women over 60. In her first year of competition, she won Ms. Congeniality. Since then, she has competed several times but her main involvement is with the Cameo Club, a sisterhood of former contestants and winners. The Cameo Club entertains in almost any venue: churches, hospitals, nursing homes, senior living communities and for various organizations around Georgia. Besides entertaining, the Cameo Club of the Miss Senior Georgia Pageant promotes being a woman over 60 as “The Age of Elegance,” and the positive image of aging.
Since moving into Winthrop Court Senior Living community, Dot hasn’t slowed down at all. She is involved in the Red Hat Society of Winthrop Court, and currently working on a Winthrop Court Cookbook. She is also a proud member of the Winthrop Court Ambassador Group, a committee of residents that welcomes in new residents with welcome boxes and helping them acclimate to their new community.
Dot continues to write her column Jes’ Ponderin’ for the Winthrop Court community newsletter and she has been instrumental in starting a new gardening club featuring “hay-bale gardening”.
When looking back at how active Mrs. Sayer has been over the years, you have to figure that she has helped a whole lot of people in her lifetime of service. She recently received that recognition when she opened a letter from the Young Harris Alumni Association informing her the she has won the prestigious 2014 Susan B. Harris Award, which recognizes outstanding service and dedication to her alma mater! She will be accepting this award on April 25th.
As I finished up my interview with Mrs. Sayer with a fatigued hand from scribing all of her stories of volunteering and service, I asked her for last comments on her years of service and she summed up her thoughts by reflecting on her faith, “Acknowledge Him and He will direct thy path.”
Lisa Jarrell, the Executive Director of Winthrop Court Senior Living was on the receiving end of that question and without hesitation she said “Yes, I’ll take you right now.” Deep down inside Mr. Sutton expressed an overwhelming joy to pick those flowers because he was anxious to deliver those flowers to his wife.
Every spring Mr. Sutton picks flowers at that house for his wife. His yards boasts some of the most beautiful flowers in Rome, Georgia. His favorites to pick are Buttercups and Touch-Me-Nots, along with blooms off his Tulip and Preserving Pear trees. He brags about the pear preserves he made last year that he applies every morning to his toast.
Mr. Sutton met his wife over 60 years ago and has loved her ever since. At the time he met her he was a choir director at Rehoboth Baptist Church. He walked into the spread shop one day in Cave Springs and there were several young woman working in the shop. Only one of them noticed young Julian as he walked in and she promptly walked over to the counter to greet him. After the encounter, he was struck by her beauty and her smile and he remarked to a friend that he would like to take her on a date. It was not long after that that Mr. Sutton was taking his first-time date to an ice cream shop in Cedartown. Their second date was to his church. After the church service he was invited to her brother’s house for a Sunday meal and after that meal was the occurrence of their first kiss.
Julian and Doris dated for two years and got married. They raised four children, have a dozen grandchildren and six great grand-kids, with two on the way. He cherishes the time he spends with his family.
Some of Mr. Sutton’s favorite memories are at that house on Maple where all his lovely flowers and trees abide. He reminisces about raising his kids with Doris. In 1960 he witnessed branches tumble and fall off his pine trees in a great ice storm. When he worked for Green Meadow Dairy he used to eat breakfast at the Partridge, Krystal or the Williams Café. But he says the best breakfasts were made by his wife right there in that house. “She was one of the best cooks… I’m hungry for her food right now!”
The walk that the 85 year old Mr. Sutton makes to give his wife those flowers is a short one. In fact he makes that walk almost every day. As a resident of Winthrop Court Senior Living, when he wants to deliver his wife flowers he walks across the parking lot to the nursing home behind our community. At 89 years old, she’s not quite the same as she used to be, but Mr. Sutton loves her the same as when he did the day they got married. “Ours is a wonderful love story,” he said. “Wherever she is, its home for me.”
Every day presents new situations and difficulties as new behaviors present and levels of ability regress. Throughout all of the day-to-day activities and juggling of responsibilities, it is easy to forget the importance of caring for yourself. You get so busy focusing on the needs of others, there is little time left to take for yourself. This leaves you feeling tired, alone, and isolated. Research shows that carrying the load as a caregiver can increase the risk for depression and illness, especially when there isn’t a support system or self-care plan in place.
Dealing with trying behaviors from the person you are caring for can be a struggle to cope with. Basic activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and eating become tougher to manage for both the caregiver and the person suffering with Alzheimer’s, especially as the disease progresses. Developing a plan to help get through the day can make it easier to cope. Each person and situation is different; finding what works and doesn’t work is a game of trial and error.
Remember, you are not alone. There are others in your shoes that you can reach out to, friends, family members, or a local support group. Take a walk, read a good book, soak a little longer in the tub, or enjoy a special treat. Whatever it takes to help lift your spirits and provide respite to recharge and relax. Do your best, don’t be too hard on yourself, maximize your resources, and take time to take care of you.
Click here to read an article that discusses the different techniques some have found helpful for them balancing life as a caregiver.