Patricia Trent, a 67-year-old resident at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, recently had her artwork featured on a Christmas card.
Each year, parent company Life Care Centers of America invites residents in more than 200 nursing and rehab facilities to submit Christmas card designs, and one piece is chosen for each of the organization’s geographical divisions. One is also chosen from affiliate company Century Park Associates. A total of nine designs are printed and distributed to facilities and regional offices throughout Life Care and Century Park.
Trent’s painting of a church with snow, Christmas trees and cardinals is this year’s winner for Life Care’s centers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
“I’m elated because Christmas, the day our Savior was born, was in my mind when I created the card,” said Trent. “My church is New Vision, and this is what Christmas means to me, a new birth. The building I painted is just a building, but what Christ means to me was my focus.”
In her younger days, Trent worked at Magnavox and at Kmart. She has three daughters – Tonja, Peggy and Tammy, and was married to Dan Trent for 26 years until he passed away. She has been a resident at The Heritage Center for nine years.