Interested in moving to a senior living community, Shirley and Ken Paison visited many in Northwest Ohio. But after their first visit to Browning Masonic Community, Ken was comfortable and said, “I could live there.”
In the fall of 2015, with the support of their children Portia, Ken, Janet and Michele, they moved to Browning Masonic Community from their family home because of Ken’s failing health. It was quite a transition as they were deeply ingrained in their community of Fayette, Ohio. A 50 year Mason, Ken was Past Master of Fayette Lodge and had built his career in the town. And Shirley, a 65 year Eastern Star, had been a dual member of Chapters in Fayette and nearby Morenci, MI.
Shortly after their arrival at Browning, Ken passed away. Since that time, Browning has become Shirley’s home. She stays extremely active and gets plenty of exercise working in the gardens and walking the grounds every day. Working on picture puzzles, something she did at home, has now become a popular pastime with other resident’s in one of Browning’s lounges.
“I take advantage of Browning’s bus going on the outings as well as to the restaurants when we go,” says Shirley. She even helped raise funds for this year’s Miracle Miles Road Rally by working with some of the residents to bake pies to auction at meetings and events.
“People here have been wonderful,” Shirley says of the residents. And she’s comfortable knowing that, no matter what happens, because of the Ohio Masonic Home Foundation, she’ll have someplace to stay the rest of her life.