Good Samaritans help elderly woman to be able to make her daily walk safe

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Gladys Spence no longer has to walk over a dirt path to get to McDonalds.

by Stephanee Jones

Mountain Home News

Gladys Spence's walk from Aaren Brook care home to McDonalds, just got easier.

Area Masons paid to have a sidewalk put in to help make Gladys Spence's walk from Aaren Brook care home to McDonalds easier.

In the winter of 2008, two Masonic Lodge members, Clarence Joseph and Hampton Wright, were at the McDonalds on Airbase Road, when they noticed 95-year-old Spence, who was using her walker, trying to make her way back to her care home.

Spence's walk was difficult due to the lack of a sidewalk. In its place was a stretch of dirt covered with snow.

Joseph and Wright went to help Spence and assist her to reach the sidewalk at McDonald's. "Gladys had no idea who we were and why we were trying to help her. It seemed to be a routine -- walking in the street and returning to the sidewalk. I knew we had to find out how we could get a sidewalk put in," said Wright.

Wright went to talk with Mayor Tom Rist, who said that money for a sidewalk wasn't available because those funds weren't in the city's budget. But if Wright was able to get funds, Rist said he would use city workers to put the sidewalk in.

Wright spoke with Tom and Susie Bevan, owners of the property between McDonalds and the Eye Care center to get approval to construct the sidewalk.

"How wonderful and grateful these gentleman are. We were in shock when Hampton Wright called us and told us the story," said Susie Bevan.

Wright also spoke with the Masonic Lodges of Mountain Home and asked for donations to pay to get the sidewalk done.

"We got our donation and today is a special day," Wright said last week when the city poured the new sidewalk. "Not only does it make Gladys' walk much easier, but it will benefit the whole community that lives around the area."

Spence and her daughter, Jean McGee of Grand View, were invited to see the pouring of the new sidewalk.

"How wonderful to know that the citizens of Mountain Home care about their elderly," McGee said. "This will make my mom's walk so much easier. She loves coming to McDonald's daily. Not only will my mom benefit from this sidewalk, but several people will."

Pat Spotten, manager of Aaren Brook care home, added that "this is incredible that these gentleman have done this and neat what a community will do to help another. Gladys walks daily, so this new sidewalk will be safer for her and for others who walk around this area."

Other Masonic members, Charles Taylor, James Pentie, Levie Belton and Doug Hosten from Lodges Andrew Horton Lodge #8, Saber Lodge #7 and Elmore Lodge #30, were all on hand for the sidewalk pouring.

"We are proud that we raised the donations and were able to do something to help Mrs. Spence. Not only will this make her walk easier but it is safer for the whole community," said Doug Hosten.

Hampton Wright was also given permission to place a Masonic Emblem in the center of the newly placed sidewalk, an emblem that was made and donated by I-Ron Welding Shop. He said, "the 'G' in the center of Emblem stands for 'God', but how nice that Gladys will see that 'G' and will remind her that the sidewalk was done for her."

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  • It is sure nice to read something so positive and to know that the good people of Mountain Home are looking out for one another.

    Nice Job Masons!!!

    -- Posted by littlebird on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 1:41 PM
  • This brought tears to my eyes...reminds me of my Grandma back home & how much she loves her McD's.

    WTG Masons!! We need more stories like this.

    -- Posted by MommiezBoyz on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 1:50 PM
  • This is a wonderful happening in Mountain Home. It does not suprise me that Hampton Wright and Clarence Joseph were behind this new sidewalk being constructed. That is the kind of people they are. As are all of the Masons.

    -- Posted by My Turn on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 4:04 PM
  • This is a wonderful happening in Mountain Home. It does not suprise me that Hampton Wright and Clarence Joseph were behind this new sidewalk being constructed. That is the kind of people they are. As are all of the Masons.

    -- Posted by My Turn on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 4:13 PM
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    Way to go Hamp and Charlie which I have known, both for years and they are some very good people, just goes to show what can be done when people put everything into it. Also Thanks to the City guys that also worked on it.

    -- Posted by Eagle_eye on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 4:13 PM
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    Great Job Fellow brohters!

    See you in lodge.

    -- Posted by BassmasterJ8 on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 7:58 PM
  • Awesome story!

    -- Posted by BruceGibson on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 8:29 PM
  • Thank you, guys. You're good people!

    -- Posted by boomerbeth on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 10:37 PM
  • That is great! I'm glad to hear that people still have respect for the elderly!

    Interesting how there will be a masonic symbol on the sidewalk near where th LDS church is builing their new stake center... (If you dont understand - look it up, I challenge you to find something out about Mormons and Masons.)

    -- Posted by Nictip on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 1:04 AM
  • Good job! What a great story!

    -- Posted by mtnhomeguy09 on Sun, May 17, 2009, at 11:09 AM
  • I upon occasion read these blogs and have thought several times about joining in but never have.

    I was reading this wonderful and uplifting story

    about the sidewalk and the first thing I see in this blog is a very negative side to someone mentioning the Masons and Mormons. Well I am neither one but I certainly do not understand why someone felt it necessary to maka a negative comment to this wonderful thing these gentlemen have accomplished. Bless you gentlemen for your good deed.

    -- Posted by grandmother2six on Sat, May 23, 2009, at 12:29 PM
  • Ok for those who truley know the Mason's and for those who don't. Their biggest virtue is to respect our fellow brothers and sisters. Along with respecting our elders. It is not a surprise to me to see something like this from our elders. I am a DeMolay (Junior Mason) and have relatives that have been with the Masons and with other groups for most of our lives. What shocks me is that it took so long for someone to actually recognize them or even fix a problem that a Mayor is supposed to fix. I remember Mayor Tom Rist's ploy towards helping the community but he hasn't done much to help the community I say. I lived in Mountain Home for little over 10 years and have seen the last couple of mayors do more than this one has. For all the young people who look at this article remember this. In life do good deeds because in the end you might get recognized but most importantly you will feel better about yourself.

    -- Posted by jrbrkby1989 on Sun, May 24, 2009, at 8:24 PM
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