Jack LattaStaff Writer
December 13, 2012
PRESTONSBURG — Residents and former staff members were honored Tuesday night at Riverview Healthcare Center’s annual Hall of Fame Banquet.
Dozens were present Tuesday night at Riverview’s annual banquet and Hall of Fame awards dinner. The awards were emceed by Missy Allen, administrator with the center, and featured musical performances by Mike Collins and Lisa Perkins.
This years inductees included residents Marlene Vanhoose, William Mitchell, Olga Trusty and stakeholder Gary Thrash.
Trusty was a 1940 graduate of Garrett High School, before moving to Detroit and taking up the mantle of Rosie the Riveter by working in the Willow Run Bomber Plant, where she bucked rivets during World War II.
Vanhoose grew up on a farm at Abbott, before moving on to Pikeville College to acquire a degree in nursing. Marlene would go on to devote her life to her children, and volunteering her time with various organizations such as the Red Cross, and Meals on Wheels.
Born in Hellier, Mitchell would become beloved to the children of Wheelwright each Christmas as he played the part of Santa Claus. Mitchell was honored for the years he spent volunteering at the Wheelwright volunteer Fire Department and his time as an honorary Deputy Sheriff. Bill Mitchell passed away on April 14 and is greatly missed by everyone at the center.
Thrash came to Riverview by way of Wheeling, W.Va. A member of the Fitzpatrick Baptist Church, he worked for seven years as an occupational therapist at Riverview, before his death in 2010 after an extended battle with cancer.
Riverview is a 121-bed skilled nursing facility, offering a comprehensive approach to health care, from short-term respite care to rehabilitative services to long-term skilled nursing services.
The annual event has become a holiday tradition for residents and their families.