Last week, Hickory Creek Nursing Home said good-bye to veteran administrator Linda Semon, who retired after 14 years with Hickory Creek Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
Semon spent the last four of those years as the administrator of Greensburg's Hickory Creek facility.
"I want to thank Hickory Creek for putting up with me and all my wild, hair-brained ideas over the years," Semon said during a brief farewell speech to a gathering of Hickory Creek staff and residents.
"I was asked to come here four years ago," she continued. "We've been through a lot in that time Ñ storms, tornadoes and various other ups and downs Ñ but we've come through it all. We've always gotten things repaired or rebuilt and have come through better and stronger from adversity."
Jan Richey, regional director of operations for Hickory Creek Healthcare Foundation, Inc., agreed.
Richey was instrumental in bringing Semon to Greensburg in 2008 to serve as the facility's administrator.
"We prefer to promote from within," Richey told the Daily News. "And Linda had previously worked under my direction, so I'm very familiar with her. I knew she'd be a great administrator, and she certainly has lived up to expectations. I'm very happy for her, but at the same time, I'm sad for Hickory Creek, because we're losing an exceptional administrator."
Brent Waymire, vice president of operations for Hickory Creek Healthcare Foundation, Inc., echoed Richey in his brief speech to the gathered staff and residents.
"Linda has done so much for this facility," Waymire said, before presenting Semon with a commemorative plaque. "She's helped bring us through so much and has brought this facility a long way."
As he presented the plaque, Waymire read its inscription aloud.
"In recognition of four-plus years, April 28, 2008, to May 31, 2012, of loyal and dedicated service to the residents, staff and community of Hickory Creek at Greensburg."
He finished, "Congratulations, Linda; you will be missed."
Afterward, Semon told the Daily News that she and her husband, Darrel, have already purchased a home in The Villages, a completely self-contained, 55-and-over residential retirement community of over 80,000 residents in Florida.
"Darrel officially retires in November," Semon explained, "but he's already in Florida. Neither of us can wait for this next phase of our lives."
Semon was quick to add that she and Darrel, who's retiring as a founding member of and long-time partner in, Greensburg's Smith, Semon and Bedel Accounting, will maintain a residence in Greensburg.
"Florida will be wonderful," she added, "but all our kids and grandkids are here, and we could never completely leave Indiana behind. Plus, we have so many friends here."
"So I want you all to know," she continued, "this isn't the last you'll see of me. I plan to visit regularly. You'll definitely be seeing me again."
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