JERSEY SHORE - Among the countless positives at the ManorCare Health Services facilities, one that shines brightest is the gleaming smile of Edith Robbins.
Edie, as she's known by those close to her, is an active member of the residence council and energetic participant of all the activities at the Jersey Shore location.
"I participate in every one of the activities that are offered here," Robbins said. "They're all so wonderful here."
From left are Mary Winters and her mother Edith Robbins.
Being a resident in Jersey Shore for over seven years, Robbins has touched the lives of so many and transferred her positive attitude towards other residents and staff alike.
"She's the glass is half-full type of person," said Victoria Killoran, director of admissions. "She is very representative of the positive attitude and energy that this place holds."
Edie spent the majority of her life in Bloomsburg as a housewife raising her daughter, Mary, and being an active member of her church.
"Everything I did was part time because I wanted to raise my daughter," Robbins said of her daughter who resides in Oval. "She is the joy of my life. I look forward to seeing her at least twice a week when she, as well as the grandchildren, visits me."
Her faith remains a major part of her life as she actively participates in most all Bible studies and prayer services at ManorCare.
"No matter the denomination, she attends," said Monica Orgitano, activities director. "Edie is a wonderful person to be around. She's so upbeat."
Following the passing of her husband, Ted, with whom she was married to for 62 years, Robbins found herself down until she arrived at the Jersey Shore facilities, where she said her spirits were uplifted and she was able to continue her life.
"At first I didn't think I would enjoy living here, but I'm very happy I'm here," she said. "It's a wonderful place to live and they're all so kind."
Robbins said that her biggest thrills are when she gets visits from her daughter and the grandchildren.
Besides visits from her family, Robbins looks forward to visitors such as her best friends, Leo and Jack, as well as her hairdresser.
ManorCare Health Services has three facilities in Lycoming County that include two in Williamsport and one in Jersey Shore, which provides care by supportive staff members such as Monica and Nancy Shadle.
"I love Monica and Nancy, they're my favorites," Robbins said. "They're like angels. I can't speak enough of them."