ALAMOSA — Members of the community gathered at a festive Garden Party at Hospice del Valle on Thursday, June 15, to celebrate Helen Lester, her long nursing career and her dedicated contribution to the community at large.
Lance Cheslock, director of La Puente Home, served as the emcee for the event and shared stories about Helen’s commitment to the homeless through her tireless work on the La Puente board.
Charlotte Ledonne, nursing coordinator at the SLV Area Health Education Center, highlighted Helen’s impressive achievements which include launching the At-Home Health Care agency in the ‘90s and starting the oncology/infusion center at the SLV Health.
Senator Larry Crowder, Maureen Orr and Theresa Rudder among others gave kudos to Helen for her personal support and civic activities and contributions over the years.
Bedecked with blossoming peonies, tea cup bouquets, balloons and baskets of vintage handkerchiefs and candies, the event was well attended by folks who enjoyed fancy finger foods by Mary Sue’s Morsels and live folk music by Don Hanna and Deborah Palmer.
On behalf of the community, the Hospice staff presented Helen with a signature quilt with over 100 blocks signed by friends, family, and colleagues who wished to thank Helen and wish her well in her retirement.
Caption: The Hospice staff present Helen Lester with a signature quilt signed by friends, family, and colleagues. Courtesy photo