For 17 years Betty Hanson has brought joy through song to Presbyterian Manor residents
What began as a means of cheering up an old friend turned into a ministry for Betty Hanson. Now, Parsons Presbyterian Manor is wishing a fond, if bittersweet, farewell to their favorite ‘sing-along’ gal.
“It doesn’t seem like 17 years, but I guess that’s how long it’s been,” said Hanson, 94, who has volunteered her time at Parsons Presbyterian Manor through a unique music ministry that started with an act of friendship.
“A friend moved to an assisted living community and was having a hard time adjusting,” Hanson recalled. “She missed her piano, which she couldn’t bring with her when she moved, so I suggested we play the community’s grand piano and sing some songs. It cheered her up and I thought, this could be a great opportunity.”
Born from there was a beautiful ministry that’s brought smiles to the faces of countless Presbyterian Manor residents. The second Thursday of every month has been sing-along time with Betty, and residents and staff members alike have loved every minute. Now, she’s moving to Girard, Kansas to be closer to family, bringing an end to a very special tenure.
“Once I get settled, I may try to pick up the ministry at a community in Girard,” Hanson said. “We’ll see what happens.”
For our part, Parsons Presbyterian Manor wishes Betty Hanson all the best on the next leg of her musical journey. We’ll never be able to thank her enough for the joy, the song and the love she gave to each one of us over 17 incredible years.