Everyone has a story


By Lisa Honeycutt - Contributing columnist



The person I want you to meet today may be someone you already know. Have you ever met someone and felt you’ve known them all your life? Well, the friend I want you to meet is that type of person. Her name is Karen Carter.

She has worked with Mary Gran Nursing and Rehab for five years. If you have ever been in Mary Gran, you have seen her warm and smiling face. No matter how busy she is, she will stop and talk to you as if you are the only person in the world. Her gentle spirit is evident in all she does.

The baby of four, Karen has been blessed throughout her entire life. Her first blessing was her parents, Wilbert and Ruby Bell, who were a Christian mom and dad that did not go anywhere that their children couldn’t go. Her dad, a retired Deputy Sheriff, would often say people are his medicine.

Karen’s blessings did not stop with her parents. The Lord saw fit to bless her with two brothers and a sister. Since she was the baby, she felt she always had two moms and three dads looking after her. Blessed with a family to love her, Karen’s blessings continued. Her family could always be found singing at area churches and at someone’s house on Sunday afternoon. She was also blessed with the ability to sing. From standing on a chair singing with her family when she was young to standing proudly in her own group, she still sings and uses the gift of music the Lord gave her.

She continued to receive blessings from the Lord; the next one was her spouse who was her high school sweetheart and they are still married today after 27 years. Being in the same room with the both of them is just plain FUN. Her husband Tim shares the first time he realized she was the one. After a high school football game, he overheard Karen singing at a local pageant, “ Sheltered in the Arms of God”. He knew right away with a voice like that, she was the one for him. Karen jokingly states, these days I’m singing,” I’m Gonna Make It”. The blessings continued for Karen with two beautiful children and one handsome grandson. The Lord blessed her with a sense of humor; she can make any situation a little better with her humor.

I am now the blessed one because I have met Karen Carter. As a patient advocate at Mary Gran, the patients could not have a better person on their side. Please come visit her and I am sure she might sing you a song as she gives you a tour of our Rehabilitation and Nursing facility. Karen offers the following to live by: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7)

Also, if you see a turtle sitting on a pole, he didn’t get there by himself. This is a favorite saying of her Dad’s. Karen believes any success in life comes from the Lord and a whole lot of help from friends and family.

Mary Gran Nursing and Rehab offers Short Term, Long Term and Assisted Living to residents of Sampson and surrounding areas. Please contact Lisa Honeycutt, RN t 910-214-9183 or Karen Carter, admissions director, at 910-592-7981.

By Lisa Honeycutt

Contributing columnist

Mary Gran Nursing and Rehab offers Short Term, Long Term and Assisted Living to residents of Sampson and surrounding areas. Please contact Lisa Honeycutt, RN t 910-214-9183 or Karen Carter, admissions director, at 910-592-7981.

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