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Hospice works on personalized ornaments; Memorial service set for Sunday, Dec. 4


Syringa Hospice volunteer Barbara Cleary works on tying a ribbon on an ornament for the Hospice Tree of Lights memorial service Dec. 4.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Syringa Hospice volunteer Barbara Cleary works on tying a ribbon on an ornament for the Hospice Tree of Lights memorial service Dec. 4.



— It may seem a little too early for Christmas for some, but Syringa Hospice volunteers have been busy making ornaments for several weeks now.

The annual Syringa Hospital Tree of Lights Memorial Service is set for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center.

“We have been busy preparing the ornaments, which we try to make unique each year,” said volunteer Rose Mangini.

“My husband cut the wood rounds and then I used stamps on them,” said volunteer Eileen Uhlenkott.

This year’s ornaments are circles of wood – about three-to-four inches across — stamped with various sayings and designs and layered with a coat of lacquer. Holes drilled in each one make room for bows so the ornaments can be hanged. Names will be added as they come in.

Those wishing to donate toward a handmade ornament in memory of a loved one can pick up an envelope form at Syringa Hospital and at various businesses throughout town or download the form at www.syringahospital.org. Memorial donations and names can also be listed on a piece of paper and mailed to Syringa Hospital and Clinics Hospice, 607 West Main Street, Grangeville, ID 83530.

Names are collected, placed on ornaments and a list to be read at the Dec. 4 event. A candlelight service will be held and also included will be music and poems.

Ornaments will be hanged on a tree at the senior center and can either be collected that day or mailed to a recipient of choice.

To allow time for personalization on the handmade ornaments, donations should be received no later than Wednesday, Nov. 30.



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