The Faces of Ella Smither: Ruby Wright

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The Faces of Ella Smither Geriatric Center: Ruby Wright

Often times people avoid “Nursing Homes” like the plague. I am guessing that this happens for fear of what is inside.

Alba is on the Left and Miss Ruby is on the Right. Love these two!! 

I am here to tell you that the people inside are just like you and me.


Meet Ruby Wright!  


Miss Ruby is 91 years old. Her father was the mayor and a local dentist.  Her mother taught her to read before kindergarten. Ruby attending college at "the preacher factory" in Louisiana where she waited tables to help pay for her higher education. Miss Ruby said they called it "the preacher factory" because a lot of future Baptist preachers went to college there.


Ruby met Charles H Wright and they married.  Together she and Charles had FIVE BOYS! John, Robert, Wayne, Richard, and Thomas. I believe that I have met 3 of the 5 boys over the years. They adore their mother. What’s not to love?


Before coming to Ella Smither, Ruby had never had her nails painted. Ruby always says, “With five boys to raise, there was never any time for nail painting-- and I didn’t have any girls to paint them.”  

It is my pleasure to make sure Ruby’s nails stay pretty in pink. She asks me every single time that I come, WHY I would spend my free time on a Sunday afternoon to come up there and paint her fingernails. And EVERY single time I tell her that I do it because I love her like CrAzY and miss her so much when I have to miss my visits. And besides all that... Miss Ruby always gives me an "A+" on my nail painting!! :)))

Mrs. Wiseman winking at me. That means TROUBLE!

As most of you know, my husband and I are going to Colorado soon. This will be the first camping trip since 2007, when mother came to Riverside, that I have not taken her with me. YIKES! Instead, TPM will be rooming at Ella Smither, where I KNOW that she will be well taken care of. She already knows the ladies there and will be rooming right across the hall from Miss Ruby, next door to Verla May, and a few doors down from Mrs. Wiseman.

I hope Ella Smither is still here when I get back. With these three... there is NO TELLING what they might do! :)))


Back to Miss Ruby....


Miss Ruby is a retired elementary school teacher. So when I told her that I was going to write up a story about her, she was quick to fill me in on the details that she can remember. Almost as if I were completing an assignment.  Perhaps I am. The assignment is to help others understand the need to reach out to our senior community. They are interesting people and FUN to talk to.


The only fear you should have about visiting a nursing home is the fear that you will FALL IN LOVE with the people inside, and then miss them like CrAzY when you can’t visit!


When I talk to Miss Ruby about living at Ella she is quick to tell me how happy she is there. She tells me that she doesn’t have to cook, or clean up after herself -- and that the people are kind. Ruby is a woman who, like Paul, has learned to be content in all circumstances.

Verla May


Oh.... if we could all be a little more like Miss Ruby.


Go and visit your local nursing home today. They especially need men to visit with the male residents. So few men are MAN ENOUGH to commit to visiting someone regularly in a nursing home.

Are you Man or Woman Enough?

Who is going to drop in and paint the girls nails while I am gone? Will You?

If you do, I can promise you that you will be blessed!


The Faces of Ella Smither Geriatric Center: Ruby Wright

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John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty
Sounds like these girlies will be the life of the nursing home :). Debbie and I have come to love most of the residents in the Butterfly Unit where Dad now resides. It's easy to do.
Aug 28, 2012 02:10 PM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

You know I love your stories about the residents at Ella Smither and this one does not disappoint.  Miss Ruby sounds delightful and I'm so happy she loves living there and your visits to paint her nails.  They are blessed to have you Miss Joni, and likewise, I'm sure.  TPM will enjoy her visit with the ladies (and gents) while you're on vacation.  BTW, if anyone ever questions why "I love you" all they have to do is read this post!  ;~)  It shows how big your heart is and how much love you have to share.  

Aug 28, 2012 06:55 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

You are setting a good example for all of us.  Spending some time with seniors can be a very rewarding experience.

Enjoy the week with your camera in hand to capture the special moments.

Aug 28, 2012 09:01 PM #3
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Joni, you are one special lady! So special! Enjoy your time away knowing TPM is going to be having the time of her life and so will Miss Ruby!! 

Aug 28, 2012 10:13 PM #4
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

What a great story.  I'm sure you made Miss Ruby's year!  Enjoy your camping trip to Colorado.  Where are you headed?  Estes Park????  The weather is still very warm.  In the 90's yesterday but much cooler in the mountains.  Have a safe and fun trip.

Aug 29, 2012 02:25 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Joni, you are right those in Nursing Homes are just like you and me, it is just that they have reached a point in their lives that they require a little more assistance than you and I need.  But there is a fear factor when it comes to Nursing Homes, mainly because many people have not had the experience of being involved with one, and there is always fear in the unknown.

Aug 29, 2012 03:11 AM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Joni, That is so true, these homes are avoided. You are a good soul to visit and be blessed. I visited often when my parents were alive and they lived there. I got to know many of the residents.

Aug 29, 2012 04:01 AM #7
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


Very powerful blog and you make a lot of excellent comments. Folks in nursing homes need company and you are a really great person to do that and you enjoy your time there. I will suggest your blog..

Aug 29, 2012 05:39 AM #8
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


           That was one of the best blogs I have read! What a kind lady you are! I hope I catch you before you go on your vacation and that you a have a great time, looking foward to your pictures!

Aug 29, 2012 06:23 AM #9
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Joni: You are such a caring and uplifting person and I know the ladies at the nursing home must adore you!  Have fun on your vacation.

Aug 29, 2012 06:36 AM #10
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joni, I know you spend lots of times with these friends, and KUDOS for taking time out of your busy day to spend quality time with Ella, Ruby and their friends!

Sep 01, 2012 12:00 AM #11
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Joni those visit are appreciated.   I remember when my son was young and I visited one of the local nursing home the residents were so delighted to see him.  He use to bounce a blown up balloon around and you should see how this little activity brought smiles to their faces.

Sep 01, 2012 02:51 PM #12
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