It’s never dull at Golden Living
By Betty Street
A small, brown dog with a tail curling up over her back trails behind Jan Lawrence at the Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge wherever she goes—to visit with a resident, attend a staff meeting or work in the office she shares with Terry Walking Elk. Casey is the little Pom-Poo’s name and she’s friendly and obedient. She belonged to Jan’s mother when she was a resident at the Center, and Jan promised to take care of Casey after her mother passed away. Now Casey lives with Jan in her home and comes to work with her every day.
Jan is one of the social workers at Mobridge’s Golden LivingCenter. Jan works with families and residents to share burdens and help solve problems. When a loved one comes to the Golden LivingCenter, Jan deals with paperwork; but more than that, she cares, listens and helps ease the transition from independent living to life in Mobridge’s award-winning care facility.
The best part about her job, Jan said, is the people. “I love the residents. It’s never dull here and we’re like a family,” she said. She likes the people with whom she works; and with all their different personalities, they get along with each other.
Jan graduated from Redfield High School in 1982, but she earned her college degree as a nontraditional student. While in her mid-twenties as a single mother of twin boys, she went to Northern State University in Aberdeen and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology in four years. At the same time, she worked nights at the Brown County Juvenile Detention Center. (A female college student stayed with the boys while Jan worked.)
After graduation, Jan worked for Child Protection Services in Eagle Butte, where she met future husband David Lawrence, who now works in Fort Yates as a Special Agent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. David was called out right after 9-11 and for a year he was an air marshal, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. Now he handles all the felony-related cases on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The Lawrences live in Mobridge.
Jan and David are the parents of a pair of twin daughters, Sarah and Hannah, who attend Mobridge-Pollock High School. They graduate this year and plan to attend Bismarck State College to study nursing.
Those twin sons, Cameron and Currin, are now 28 years old. Cameron and Cathy were married in a destination wedding in Hawaii in 2012. Currin is single and lives in St. Peters, Mo.
Jan is an outdoors woman—she likes heat! She enjoys walking. She enjoys fishing and time spent on the boat—summertime is Jan’s favorite season of the year.
As far as cooking goes, David is a meat-and-potatoes man, but Jan likes Italian cooking with pastas like spaghetti, and she has a great Alfredo sauce recipe (see below). And she often serves breakfast at suppertime—pancakes with sausage and eggs and “whatever’s in the fridge,” she said.
Jan could not recall any disasters in the kitchen. Her worst problem, she said, was when she “might have a big meal prepared and my husband gets called out” for a law enforcement emergency. What is she to do with all the leftovers? It’s at those times that she especially misses Cameron’s and Currin’s big appetites, she said.
Like many local folks, Jan and Casey can’t wait for the cold to disappear and warm weather to arrive so they can start taking long and longer walks outside under Mobridge’s blue summer skies.
JAN LAWRENCE’S RECIPES
(from Amy Borah)
1 lb. pasta
3 oz. butter
1½ cups grated Parmesan
1¼ cups (10 oz.) cream
3 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Cooked shrimp or chicken (opt.)
Cook the pasta in large pan of rapidly boiling, salted water until al dente. Drain well and return to pan to keep warm.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a pan over low heat. Add the Parmesan and cream and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring, until thickened slightly. Add the parsley, salt and pepper and stir well. Add the sauce to the pasta and toss to coat.
Add cooked shrimp or chicken if desired.
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
1 lemon super moist cake mix
1 pkg. lemon instant pudding
1 cup hot water
½ cup oil
¼ cup poppy seeds
Beat ingredients well together. Use either large or small muffin liners. Bake at 350 degrees until light golden brown.
Mocha Coffee Drink
(from Barb Moser)
Like Burger King
2 cups HOT water
¼ cup instant coffee
1 can sweetened condensed milk
½ cup Hershey chocolate syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
Dissolve instant coffee in HOT water. Blend in milk, syrup and vanilla. Shake well. Mix with water and ice.
Easy Knoephla Soup
(from Lisa Naasz)
2 cans chicken broth
2 cups water
5 potatoes, diced, plus dumplings (purchased or make your own)
Carrots and onion, chopped, to taste
Chicken bouillon to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Approx. 1 cup cream
Boil potatoes, carrots, onion, broth and water. Add dumplings and cream. Simmer. Transfer to Crock Pot. Cook on low for several hours. Serve.