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Kingsway resident featured on annual Christmas card

Posted on Dec 26, 2017

BELLE PLAINE, MINN. Dec. 20, 2017 --  Kingsway Retirement Living resident Mary Thomas painted the design that appeared on thousands Christmas cards sent out by The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) throughout the nation and around the world this December.


Mark Hayes, TLHA Associate Vice President of Mission Advancement, presented Mary with a plaque to recognize her artwork on Dec. 20. Mary’s painting of an angel illustrates the great joy in this year’s contest theme: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people." (Luke 2:10)

Mary grew up on a farm near Union Hill and attended high school in New Prague. After high school, she married Jerry Thomas and they raised five children together. Mary and Jerry moved to Kingsway Retirement Living in 2015. Prior to Jerry’s passing in May 2016, the couple enjoyed traveling together.

In addition to helping others and visiting with friends, Mary enjoys reading, watching movies and shopping. Mary loves to do artwork and decorates her home with many of her designs.

Holidays are the perfect time to visit family and friends in our care facilities. We invite to you stop in anytime to talk with our visits, whether you know someone there or not.


About Kingsway Retirement Living

Kingsway Retirement Living offers independent living, assisted living and memory care services. Located in Belle Plaine, Minn., Kingsway Retirement Living is part of a 22-acre continuum of care campus. As a ministry of The Lutheran Home Association, Kingsway Retirement Living provides for the spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional needs of those entrusted to their care. For more information, visit  For real-time updates, follow @TLHAword on Twitter or “Like” TLHA Belle Plaine Campus on Facebook.

About The Lutheran Home Association

The Lutheran Home Association is a not-for-profit ministry dedicated to providing for the spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional needs of people in our care.  We offer a wide variety of health care, housing, and spiritual outreach services with campuses in several states and congregational programs serving seniors and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities nationwide.  Services and programs include senior living, skilled nursing care, memory care, disability services, rehabilitative therapies, chaplaincy, Bible classes, worship services and property management services.  Learn more at, follow @TLHAword on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook.


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