Market Square Resident
contingent of 21 family members, as many friends, and
caregivers from Market Square Health Care Center came
together on Tuesday, May 5th to honor Louise Huff for
her recognition as part of the Maine Health Care
Associations "Remember ME" project. Louise Huff is one of 33 residents from
nursing homes around the state who will be honored with
an achievement award and photography exhibit in the
fifth annual "Remember ME" project by the Maine Health
DuBois, Administrator at Market Square Health Care
Center (MSHCC) welcomed the crowd, sharing that Market
Square is, "Honored to have Louise as a resident."
Lynne Wheeler, Activities Director at Market Square
explained the nomination process, and it was Lynne,
along with Mrs. Huff's daughter Diane who helped to
organize the activities of the 5th and bring the award
presentation to Market Square. Nadine Grosso, the
Director of Communications for the Maine Health Care
Association was happy to come down to South Paris to
present the plaque to Mrs. Huff who was unable to make
it to Augusta for the ceremony in April. She
stated that the Remember ME project is very important to
help remind policy makers that Long Term Care residents
are people as well as patients.
speech Mrs. Huff recounted how spent her childhood in
Camden, earned a degree in Home Economics in 1937.
Mrs. Huff taught school in Norridgewock and after she
married and started a family, in South Paris.
Later, she took an Extension Agent position and worked
for the Extension Service from 1958-1967. After
retiring from teaching in 1972, she took her first hand
quilting class in 1973. She was hooked on quilting
from that moment on and took part in many small groups
of quilters for the next ten years. In 1978, she
received a personal invitation to Camden, Maine to
attend a meeting to start a quilting guild. She
accepted the invitation with enthusiasm and from there
she became part of a committee of 10 people who started
the Maine Pine Tree Quilters Guild. The Pine Tree
Quilters Guild has been going strong for 31 years and
has over 2000 members.
Huff shared that she was honored to have so many family
members with her to receive the plaque, her daughter,
son in law, son and daughter in law as well as grandson
and great grand daughter were on hand. She said of
the Remember ME project, "I'm very honored, and I've had
a few things in my years and everything gets bigger and
better. People often know good things about
people, but they don't say it, and this is a very
important program to help remember people."
family members, friends, and even former students, at
least one of whom is a fellow Market Square resident,
shared their thoughts and memories of Mrs. Huff, one
saying that she has quite a "legacy as an
educator." She was also honored by one of her
former quilting groups, the Pine Tree Quilters Guild,
who brought a quilt with their logo and all of the many
logo submissions from years ago. The original
quilt, which Mrs. Huff had worked on, disappeared
several years ago. Current members worked to
re-create the quilt, and this was the first time Mrs.
Huff had seen it, she was extremely pleased.
Huff is the fourth resident of Market Square Health Care
Center to be recognized by the Remember ME