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Residents know that even in senior years, ‘love never fails’

“…if I have a faith that can move moun- tains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self- seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:2, 4–8 (NIV)

nies. The resident interviews here were based on those verses.

S Reuben and Edith Smith

Reuben and Edith Smith met as teen- agers in their hometown of Moorefield, W.Va. Edith and Reuben’s sister were best friends who spent a great deal of time together. Reuben’s sister told Edith that he wanted to take her to the movies, to which Edith said, “If he wanted me to go, he would ask me himself.” Reuben asked, and they spent the next year going to the movies at McCoy’s Grand Theater every Saturday night. After a year of dating, 17-year-old Edith married 19-year-old Reuben on April 13, 1940. “Everybody said it wasn’t going to last. We were too young,” Edith says.This year they will celebrate their

everal verses from 1 Corinthians 13 often are read at wedding ceremo-

Reuben and Edith Smith

72nd anniversary. Reuben worked at a tannery and,

later, a Baltimore shipyard. Edith was a devoted housewife and mother, taking care of their three children, Joe, Linda and Rick. Their oldest child, Wayne Emerson, died before he was 2. At the end of World War II, Reuben was assigned by the Army to guard German soldiers at a base in Massachu- setts. Edith stayed with her parents to take care of their children. They then returned to Moorefield where the couple owned a store that sold gas, groceries and frozen custard. Their business grew to include rental cottages and a car repair shop, but it all washed away in the 1985 flood. Reuben also worked as a carpenter and built many pieces of furniture for their home.

Continued on page 3 In Christ ’s Love, Eve r yone Is Someone pg. 2

Celebrating gifts of faith in this holy season

Choose words filled with love, hope

pg. 5

Troy Hatcher is a Shining STAR

April 2012

A publication of Pendleton Manor, managed by the Good Samaritan Society Franklin, W.Va.

Gladys Vandevander is among the residents who find social opportunities while making crafts and participating in other projects.

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