Born Mary Grace, her dear friends, colleagues and Angels’ residents agree Grace lives up to her name with her easy-going temperament and gracious speech. One might think earning her PhD in educational leadership was her greatest accomplishment, but Grace says she simply used that degree to do what she loves most—teach! She began teaching at the elementary level and then as her daughter Missy grew up, so did Grace. According to Missy, her mom moved out of the classroom and into administration because “she always has an opinion.” Her colleagues admire Grace as a woman of principles who led by example. From experience, she understands true excellence requires hard work, determination and a commitment to do “the right thing the right way.”
Whether in the classroom, the community or now at Angels, Grace loves affirming and encouraging others. She draws great strength from her deep faith and counts each new day as a gift. It comes as no surprise that she puts her five grandchildren at the top of her blessings list! Grace says she would most like to be remembered for her kind spirit and care for others.
With a grandmother and two sisters who are nurses and two cousins who are surgeons, it comes as no surprise that April’s Care Associate, Ashley Smith, says she always wanted to be a nurse. Before coming to Angels, Ashley worked as a 911 dispatcher and as a medical review analyst. Though these positions were rewarding and helped her grow professionally, Ashley much prefers being a nurse at Angels where she says, “No day is ever the same as the day before.” She thrives on being challenged, on solving problems, and on helping others. She appreciates the “comfortable” atmosphere at Angels. Not only is the physical environment homelike and pleasant, but she loves how residents and staff become “intertwined like family.”
Ashley and her husband Chad live in Prattville and are proud parents of Chandler (19), Savannah (17) and Alden (13). Ashley’s hobbies include helping coach the Fountain City BMX team and creating collodian wet plate photography using an early photographic technique similar to tintypes of the 1800’s.
Angels administrative staff agrees Ashley has really “stepped up and gone the extra mile.” Her calm demeanor, genuine concern for residents, and willingness to go “above and beyond” are huge assets to the Angels’ community.