T.C. Mitchell and his wife Dorothy Mitchell are residents of Clear Fork Assisted Living in Willow Park, TX. Recently, T.C. had the opportunity to experience a “Miracle Moment” when he returned to the stage to play his fiddle with his son Bill accompanying him on guitar. The performance by the 99-year-old took place at the Still Meadow Opry in Aledo, TX. The Hall was standing room only and T.C. received thunderous applause and a standing ovation. Dorothy had the opportunity to share how she and T.C. met: She was a high school student attending a neighborhood dance where T.C. was playing fiddle in the band. He was 21 years old at the time and caught her eye. She bet her best friend that she would get to dance with him first. She arranged for another fiddler to take T.C.’s place for a break, and she asked the emcee to call “Ladies Choice.” They have been dancing together ever since and recently celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary.
Playing on stage again has awakened a passion in T.C. He breaks out his fiddle now and again to entertain our residents spontaneously. It’s a real treat for everyone, and if they are lucky, visitors never know when they might get to hear him play!
BERNICE WELTHA’S LOVE FOR MOTORCYCLES began in Wichita, Kansas in the 1970s when she and her husband, Reuben, bought a 125 CC PUCH from the Sears catalog. Soon after, the dynamic duo graduated to bigger bikes such as a BMW 550CC and Honda Gold Wing. Bernice and Reuben headed out on the highway, taking road trips across the U.S. as well as participating in BMW motorcycle rallies. Bernice was one of Clear Fork’s first residents in January 2017. And though her riding days were behind her, Bernice’s love for motorcycles never wavered. That made it extra special when her Clear Fork family, along with HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry from Weatherford, organized a special Miracle Moment for Bernice, taking her on a 30-minute ride through the countryside. Bernice’s daughter even hopped on the back of the bike for a ride.
Bernice’s son, Lee, flew in from New York for the special event. After the ride everyone came back to Clear Fork for BBQ sandwiches and more good times. “Cheers to everyone for taking my 96-year-old mother on such a special ride,” said daughter Loann. “My mother has been a resident here since Clear Fork opened. I sleep better at night knowing she is in a safe place that she likes. The staff is wonderful and really cares about its residents. I think my mom is special and Clear Fork thinks so too!”