Resident’s daughter thanks Frost Manor team for hosting mom’s 104th birthday party

Mary Lou Tompkins says the celebration of Vi Quibell’s life ‘never would have happened’ without the mindfulness of LEC Lyndsay Irwin

The daughter of Frost Manor resident Vi Quibell recently penned a letter thanking the home’s team, particularly life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lyndsay Irwin, for hosting a June 5 celebration honouring her mother’s life.

Mary Lou Tompkins says Lyndsay provided the encouragement for her family to gather cherished photos from Vi’s life for a display that was created for the party celebrating her 104th birthday, which was held in the Lindsay long-term care home’s dining room.

There was a photo of Vi with her husband, Ted, taken on their wedding day, June 18, 1938, and there were many pictures of Vi with her grandchildren, some of whom were at the party.

There was also a framed letter on display that Vi received from Queen Elizabeth II to congratulate her on her 100th birthday in 2014.

Mary Lou says the task of organizing her mother’s photos and mementos made her realize this was more than just a birthday party.

“As I worked on it, I realized that this event was really a celebration of her life,” Mary Lou writes.

Mary Lou says the photo-gathering project also inspired her to contact Vi’s brother and her niece to invite them to the party as well.

About 40 people, including Vi’s family, her fellow residents and Frost Manor staff members, were on hand to wish Vi well and spend time with her.

“If it hadn’t been for your wonderful, new activity director, Lyndsay Irwin, it never would have happened. … I just can’t thank Lyndsay enough,” Mary Lou writes. “Mom was awake, aware and happier than I’ve seen her in months. … Talk about a gem of a day and experience.”

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