Sis­ters re­united at Cov­ing­ton Manor in their old age

The Covington News - - Local News - Staff Re­port

Sis­ters Mil­dred Le­monds, Kathryine Garner and Hazel Dal­ton were al­ways close.

Be­fore they re­tired, Le­monds, 90, Garner, 88, and Dal­ton, 86, spent time to­gether bar­gain shop­ping at yard sales, shar­ing lunch or do­ing char­ity needle­work projects.

They had day jobs, too.

Le­monds worked at Han­son Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany in Mon­roe and was a su­per­vi­sor for 21 years. Garner was a su­per­vi­sor for 25 years for Wal­ton Clothes in Lo­ganville, and Dal­ton worked at the mill in Por­terdale.

But as the years passed, they were less able to get to­gether and en­joy each other’s com­pany. The sis­ter’s once lively re­la­tion­ship was even­tu­ally re­stricted to tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions.

Garner and Dal­ton moved into as­sisted care fa­cil­i­ties. Le­monds fol­lowed.

At Cov­ing­ton Manor, Le­monds and Dal­ton were re­united. With help from Ad­min­is­tra­tor C.L. John­son, the two were placed in a room to­gether.

Shortly af­ter­ward, Garner joined them, and the staff cre­ated an apart­ment-like suite for the si­b­lings.

Now, they again stay busy.

They visit the in-house beauty sa­lon once a week and the nail sa­lon ev­ery other week. They par­tic­i­pate in Bingo, crafts, out­door pic­nics and fam­ily lun­cheons, ice cream so­cials and monthly birth­day par­ties for the res­i­dents.

Staff Photo / The Cov­ing­ton News

Mil­dred Le­monds, Kathryine Garner and Hazel Dal­ton are sis­ters who had all drifted apart as adults, but have re­united in their twi­light years.

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