Our wonderful Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in our Skilled Nursing department of over 28 years, Linda Collins, retired this July. Linda began working for Kirkwood in 1992 when Kirkwood by the River was only 12 years old! She has cared for hundreds of residents and worked with lots of staff members who have been apart of our Kirkwood Family in her time with us.
“Linda always had a smile on her face and a deep love in her heart for all of our residents. Her spirit of kindness and concern for our residents was expressed in so many ways as she cared for them.” – Reverend Richard Hanna
She was valued and loved by so many of her fellow staff members and the incredible amount of people who came to celebrate her work and life at her retirement party was evidence of that. The scripture that Reverend Hanna shared at the celebration was a reminder that Linda wasn’t doing her work here at Kirkwood for the money or for earthly glory but out of a genuine concern to care for our residents and as a reflection of God’s love for them.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
One of Linda’s favorite memories will be bringing her children and grandchildren to the Trick or Treat Apartment Sweep every year. Over the years she has brought scarecrows, unicorns, princesses, witches, pikachus and plenty of other characters to this beloved event. It was also a favorite event for many of the residents that she took care of, so for her family to get to fellowship with her Kirkwood family was always super special!
Linda has a heart of gold and she will be terribly missed by her Kirkwood family but we are so excited to see what the Lord does in this next season of retirement in her life!