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Kathryn Mapes Turner has deep roots in Jackson Hole. She is an accomplished artist and prominent community member. Kathryn’s family has been in the Valley for five generations. The Turner’s know that offering a memory care facility at St. John’s Living Center is essential to keeping families together.

 Kathryn wrote: Providing an enhanced living center and memory care facility here in the valley touches our family personally. My uncle, Donald Turner, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago. He was born in Jackson, lived here his entire life, and served his community on the School Board and other organizations. Initially, he was admitted to our Living Center, but then had to move to an out-of-state facility. Our current Living Center is not equipped for specialized memory care, and Donald always wanted to get outdoors where he had live all of his life. Sadly, he could not live out the last stages of his life here in the valley close to family and friends because of his disease. It is our deepest hope that our neighbors who incur such memory challenges will be granted the opportunity to live out their lives in the place they know as home connected to the supportive care of family and friends.  

 I believe it our responsibility to care for those who cannot care for themselves. This necessary facility provides care for some of our most valuable and vulnerable community members.

 

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