Our team at Golden Living Taylorsville recently hosted a surprise dinner for our beloved resident, Margaret Slack. We prepared a table for twelve and invited family members to celebrate and honor her. Each member was given the opportunity to share special memories and any funny stories they could recall.
We all laughed when we learned that Margaret loves going fast and, while riding with her son in law, Todd, she encouraged him to go faster in his Porsche 911. With the top down and hair flying, she continued to prod him to increase the speed until passing 90mph, loving the rush and the feeling of the wind.
Her family shared that Margaret made handmade and personalized cards for her 7 children, 37 grandchildren, and 92 great grandchildren. Each card was tailor made for the individual complete with birth stats and special teasing or encouragement from Grandma Slack. She even numbered them in order of the child’s birth arrival!
Her oldest great grandson, Chris, told us that when he served his mission for the LDS church, he could always count on a weekly letter from his grandmother with a $1.00 bill in it. Margaret kept him in touch with the family by sending pictures and writing about each family member. Chris kept a binder with those letters and he said that there are about 2 from his dad and a handful from his mother, but his grandmother never missed a week.
Susan, her sister, spoke of Margaret’s love for the movies and how when she was a child, she drew posters of the movie stars that she liked. There wasn’t money to buy posters, so Margaret created her own and they were incredibly done, Susan said.
Mary, her daughter, shared a picture of a fish, drawn by her mother to assist her with an art class that she was falling behind in because of the extra-curricular activities she was involved with. Margaret earned her an Excellent A+ grade. Mary still had that art piece and we were privileged to see it.
Martin spoke of his mother’s love to walk, her speed, and how often he had difficulty keeping up with her. “She still walks at a brisk pace and I often find myself having a hard time keeping up” everyone joked. Aubry, another one of her daughters, said she remembered going to the movies with just Martin and Margaret and that it was one of her most memorable days.
Chuck, her son, told us about the homemade dough Margaret would make and how she would always share it with him and Cindy, his sister. They would take that dough and roll small cinnamon rolls, “the likes of which are hard to compare,” laughed Chuck.
When Margaret turned 90, she was blessed with her 90th great grandchild. She has since added 2 more. Her legacy of faith and family have served her well. She is an honorable woman and her family calls her blessed.
We are honored to spend our days with Margaret! She is always so complimentary and inclusive. She is willing and excited to participate in whatever activity we dream up, especially our outings and trips to the movies. We consider it a privilege to share her days with her.