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Golden Girls grace Colonial House calendar

Holding the calendar, from left, are Karen Cunningham and Dianne Wood. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Colonial House Golden Girls Calendar has been finished and is available for purchase.

This is the first fundraising project for the nonprofit Colonial House independent senior living facility on 23rd Street in Parkersburg.

Gracing the pages of the calendar are January: Edith Mitchell; February: Betty Jo Wiseman and Naomi Naylor; March: Betty McCleary; April: Gloria Webb; May: Prom (Blanche Grueser, Betty Wendleken, Sumie Morgan, Ruby Oates, Ireta McCoy, Betty Jo Wiseman, Karen Cunningham and Vernelle Mercer ( Miss V); June: Jo Beverlin; July: Dianne Wood, Ireta McCoy, Betty Wendleken, Iris Baldwin-Cozzens; August: Ruby Oates and Sumie Morgan; September: Betty Jo Wiseman, Jo Beverlin, Gloria Webb, Blanche Grueser, Iris Baldwin-Cozzens, Ruby Oates, Naomi Naylor, Ireta McCoy, Dianne Wood, Karen Cunningham, Sumie Morgan, Betty Wendleken and Edith Mitchell; October: Marie Cooper; November: Ireta McCoy, and December: Blanche Grueser, Betty Wendleken and Karen Cunningham

Work on the calendar began a year ago.

“The idea of the calendar actually came by surprise,” said Missi Stanley, residence director. “Over a year ago, during a meeting with our CH volunteers, we were discussing how involved our ‘Golden Girls of Colonial House’ have been in giving back to the community.

On the front cover of the Golden Girls calendar sitting, from left, are Betty Jo Wiseman, Jo Beverlin, Gloria Webb, Blanche Grueser, Iris Baldwin-Cozzens, Ruby Oates (sitting). Second row from left are Naomi Naylor, Ireta McCoy, Dianne Wood, Karen Cunningham, Sumie Morgan, Betty Wendleken and Edith Mitchell. Not pictured are Jeannie Jonas, Marie Cooper and Vernelle Mercer ( Miss V) and Betty McCleary. (Photo Provided)

“It was then that we thought that this might be a way for us to give back to our Golden Girls. Honestly, the residents have truly enjoyed the process of dressing up for the monthly photo shoots. The money raised from our calendar sales will go toward the Resident Activity Fund which will allow them to schedule more excursions and special events throughout the year,” Stanley said.

“We had a ball doing this. Anne Marie Silvis Photography dedicated her time and talents to help our vision come to life. Several volunteers, Debbie Alawat, Betty Dotson and Betty Kelley, have been there through the whole process, always helping in anyway they could,” Stanley said. “It is such a blessing to see everyone come together for a common goal.”

Stanley wanted to thank local businesses such as Lee’s Studio ( Lee Rector), Just Jan Hair Salon ( Jan Norman), the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, the Blennerhassett Hotel, Scots Landscape, Parkersburg City Park Pool and Lambert Tatman Limo Service ( Monroe Modesitt), which all contributed to this project.

“It would be so nice to continue the calendar each year … a new tradition,” said resident Karen Cunningham.

“This last year has been so much fun! I thought the calendar was such a nice way to celebrate Colonial House and we have never done anything like it before,” Cunningham said.

Gracing the back cover is Vernelle Mercer ( Miss V). (Photo Provided)

“I recently moved here and was delighted of all there is to do. I especially like the calendar project and all the fun we had making it,” said Dianne Wood.

The calendar costs $20 ($1.60 will be added for shipping). To place an order log on to the Facebook under “Colonial House” to pay with debit or credit card.

Email may also be sent to Director Missi Stanley at colonialhouse@suddenlinkmail.com to pay with cash or check. Include your name, amount of calendars ordered and phone number in the email. Orders may either be shipped or picked up at the Colonial House, 1517 23rd St., Parkersburg.

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