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A Fitting Farewell

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Residents, staff, former staff and guests gathered at Boys Ranch Town October 30 to commemorate the retirement of President Tony Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy served OBHC for 32 years, with 19 years as president. The evening was filled with laughter, hugs, fellowship and friendly faces.

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Boys Ranch Town hosted the evening, complete with autumn decor and a special tribute to Mr. Kennedy in the gazebo.brt-2

Volunteers from nearby churches graciously donated their time to serve food and desserts during the celebration.

 

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Residents from each of the four campuses attended the celebration in Edmond. Residents and staff children enjoy playing on inflatables during a catered dinner at Boys Ranch Town.

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Mr. Kennedy’s cowboy hat could be seen as he visited with guests, residents, and staff.

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OBHC staff Mary Yarber, Judy Lewis and Sandra Sneed pose with President-elect Greg McNeece and his daughter, Madison Grace.

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OBHC President Tony Kennedy stands with Baptist Home for Girls alumna Miranda Nolan, granddaughter Emily Kennedy, and wife Sheryl Kennedy. Nolan is a sophomore at Oklahoma Baptist University where she participates in track and field.

brt-8OBHC Staff Randy Pickle and his wife, Peggy, visit with a resident from Baptist Children’s Home, Owasso.

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Mr. Kennedy chats with Mary Beagles, a former staff member, and her family.

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President-elect Greg McNeece emceed during the evening’s festivities.

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OBHC President Tony Kennedy and his wife, Sheryl, open a retirement present from the staff.

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Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy show off a civil war themed quilt; the quilt was hand-pieced by the OBHC staff as a token of their appreciation.

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Mr. Kennedy stands with his wife as he speaks fondly about his years with OBHC.

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Kennedy family members receive recognition during the ceremony.

brt-14To conclude the ceremony, Darla Morgan leads everyone in singing a special song for Tony Kennedy.

President-elect Greg McNeece will be installed as OBHC president in December of this year.

If you’d like to contribute to a book of letters for Mr. Kennedy, please mail your letter to Phyllis Salamy, 3800 N. May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.


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Story by Lauren Capraro, Communications Associate

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Photos by Steve Childers, Communications Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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