Sisters Meet for First Time at Lea Hill

Barbie Sharrard was united for the first time with a sister she never knew existed. Barbie was at a quilting retreat when she got a surprise phone call from her older daughter Margot. “Mom, you’ve got a sister!” With their mother’s permission, Barbie’s daughters Margot and Jill had done some sleuthing into their mom’s past.   Read more…


Distinguished Puyallup Resident at Bradley Park

Dr. Donald Mott is well known for his work in Puyallup and now resides at Wesley Bradley Park. Born in Washington State, Don and his wife Barrie moved to Puyallup in 1973. They raised four children while Barrie studied cultural anthropology at Pacific Lutheran University and Don practiced orthopedic surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital. Don   Read more…


Meet Resident JoAnne Swanson

JoAnne Swanson has served as one of Bradley Park’s most enthusiastic ambassadors since shortly after the Puyallup communities’ groundbreaking ceremony in early summer 2017. JoAnne recalled future resident Marilyn Knutson saying, “I want JoAnne to be an ambassador because her personality fits so well!” Joanne embraced her role as a Bradley Park Ambassador and Pioneer,   Read more…


Meet Residents Duane and Clara Nelson

A shared love of mountains becomes a shared love for each other. By Pat King, Wesley Des Moines resident It was May 1959 when Clara’s love of mountains brought her from Colorado to Longmire in the southwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park. She was hired as a secretary for the park. That summer a   Read more…


By Leaps and Bounds at the Lea Hill Care Center

After Sally Steiner had a hip replacement earlier this year, she chose Wesley Lea Hill Rehabilitation & Care Center for her physical therapy. When Sally first arrived at the care center, she had nearly lost all of the mobility in her legs. However, by the time she was discharged approximately a month later, she was   Read more…


Moving into Bradley Park!

The Brownstone at Bradley Park has opened its doors, and our residents are moving in! “We were the second group of people to move in, and it’s all better than expected,” said Wesley Bradley Park Ambassador and Pioneer Ann Miller. She’s most excited about the arts and crafts center opening up in the Lodge. As   Read more…


Meet Lea Hill Resident Gene Barker

Gene, like many of our residents, is a man with many talents. He’s a retired technical engineer, but he is also an experienced costumier. Recently retired from being chair of the Wesley Lea Hill Resident Council, Gene Barker has been an integral part of Lea Hill’s emergency response team. He was approached a couple of   Read more…


98 Year Old Resident Volunteers Care for Wesley Hospice

Des Moines resident Harriet Farman recently reached out to Wesley Hospice to provide volunteer care for patients in need. Wesley’s new hospice program provides emotional and spiritual support, pain management and personalized end-of-life care. The program is also legally required to have volunteers who help support the patient and provide bereavement care. While it is   Read more…


Wesley Resident Helps Pass a New State Bill into Law

Wesley Lea Hill resident Fern Valentine led the drive to pass a significant Washington State bill allowing student journalists more freedom of press. Earlier this year, Washington became the 14th state to adopt a bill which gives student journalists first amendment protections similar to professional journalists. The bill basically gives student editors control over their   Read more…


Des Moines Native Plant Garden

Wesley Des Moines residents are looking to start an eco-friendly native plant garden for local wildlife. Along with the excitement for the renewed Wesley Des Moines campus, some residents are working on figuring out how they might be able to introduce a native plant garden to the new campus. Rita Bailey, Des Moines resident and   Read more…