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Staff, residents grieve loss of their home | Letters | March 27
The big old house on the hill is closed now. The residents have all moved into new facilities even though they were very sad to leave. The rooms are empty, the halls are dark. Nobody is playing the piano cheering us along in our day.
The staff has moved on and hopefully are finding jobs as rewarding as working here at Serenity has been.
Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our extended family. Many of us, staff and residents alike have been together for more than 20 years – some residents longer than that. Now they are no longer together. There has already been one passing.
One and two at a time they left – a slow death of losing family members. We tried to stop the inevitable, however without success.
We would like to thank those who helped at the end. Family members who spoke out, local neighbors and friends.
The local merchants of Lynnwood Center, Walt’s Market, the Treehouse Cafe, Lotties, we are eternally grateful for all you have done over the years for our residents, your neighbors. You looked out for them, gave them jobs and became their friends. We thank you.
There were some who couldn’t or wouldn’t speak out on our behalf in trying to save Serenity or help with finding places on the island for them to live. Maybe you will miss their smiling faces in the checkout line at the store or sitting next to you in church. Or seeing them walk to and from local businesses.
They lived, worked, loved, attended your churches and were part of your community. Now they are gone, the house is dark for the first time that anyone can remember and just one more good thing about island living has gone away.
For a house that has stood for more than 100 years as a school, a hospital, a sanitarium and a group home, and will surely be torn down, what a sad ending.
The staff: Marilyn Boyce, Sonia Christopherson, Norma Pagan, Jay Zosa, Wendy Mitchell, Johnny Melocoton, Heron Guerra, Ted Burnett, Cheryl Helander, Ellie Lein