Since she has lived in Haleyville Health & Rehab Center, Edna Everly says she has become more passionate toward the needs of the elderly who can no longer care for themselves.

“I now know how important it is to have nursing homes for people like me to have someone to care and to love me,” said Everly. She has lived at Haleyville Health & Rehab for approximately one and a half years.

Amanda Hood, Activity Director, Haleyville Health & Rehab, said, “Edna Everly is one of the most reliable people I know. She loves to get out and to go shopping and to go out to eat, but is always back in time for activities. We look forward to seeing her every day.”

Everly was born and raised in Steele, Missouri, where she graduated from school. She moved to Detroit, Michigan, and worked at a bank in accounting. She then lived in California for several years working at a bank in accounting and accounts payable before retiring in Alabama.

She remembers one particular car trip with her husband and sister traveling from Missouri to Michigan after visiting with family. They had to stop on the side of the road because their van had a flat tire. While her husband and she were changing the flat tire, her sister decided to pull out the rocking chair and take out her poodle from the back of the van. She set the chair on the side of the road, and sat rocking in that rocking chair, holding her dog, waving, and hollering to cars as they would pass by, “Hey! How are you?” From all of her travels across the country, that is a memory that Everly remembers with a big grin.

Everly enjoys reading love stories and mystery books. She helps residents play games when they are not able, such as helping with Bingo cards. She also enjoys serving as president of the Resident Council.

She admires her close friend Arlene Cain. “When I was diagnosed with bladder cancer, Arlene was always beside me holding my hand. She was there for me when I needed her,” said Everly.

Now, Edna Everly is the one who is there for others. “Edna helps without being asked. She always has a smile on her face even when she doesn’t feel good. She is so helpful with others. She makes Haleyville Healthcare & Rehab a better place,” said Hood.

Editor’s note: This is the fifth story in a 10-part series about the finalists for the 2017 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 24, we’ll post a story about Ms. Hartford Health Care Norma Self.

Stacy Smith, APR, is a freelance writer based in Birmingham, Alabama.

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