This month, Hope Griffin celebrates her 10 year anniversary of living at St. Louis Altenheim and is a resident on the 5th floor, living independently. Hope grew up in Ava, Illinois on a dairy farm where she milked cows twice a day, and rode a horse to school until she was old enough to drive. After high school she moved to St. Louis to attend nursing school. She worked as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital for 15 years and at a Dr.’s office just two blocks from her house in South St. Louis Hills for another 19 years. Hope married the love of her life Bill and has 6 children, William, Maribeth, Debbie, Diane, Barbie and Mike. She has 21 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Three of her children reside in St. Louis, with the others scattered in California, Oregon and Ohio. Thirty of her family members recently visited with her at the Altenheim. She has lived through many changes as our resident, though one thing that has never changed is her generous volunteering in the handy shop two days a week. Hope loves to read and do crossword puzzles. She is always dressed ‘to a T’ and has a heart of gold. Congratulations Hope on your Anniversary. We are looking forward to celebrating many more with you.