Moving to the Pioneers’ Home was a dream for my father. His mother lived there until her death in 1976. He knew that he wanted to live out his years there. My mom did not share his excitement at first. She reluctantly came, but soon it became home. She fell in love with the staff and they fell in love with her. Of course that wasn’t hard to do. I know that we had mom around many extra years because of the care that she received from all of you. Even when she fell and broke her hip she was surrounded by staff that she loved so much. You were my arms, holding and comforting her. Thank you so much for being there.
When Dad first came to the Pioneers’ Home he was a grumpy man. The staff didn’t care, they loved him anyway. He enjoyed woodworking , which you so graciously accommodated. Because of this, Dad became a different man. He was happy and content. Thank you for your part in that. I will always be grateful to everyone at the Arizona Pioneers’ Home. You provided a loving, safe home for Mom and Dad. You were more than a staff to them, you were family.