On June 4, Mafalda ''Muffy'' Andrews, 87, a resident of Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman had a dream come true. She headed to the bowling lanes to take part in a game she enjoyed 40 years ago.
In her younger days, Muffy, as her friends called her, was an avid bowler. When she lived in Weirton, W.Va., she belonged to a breakfast league. Three days a week for more than 20 years she made the trip to the lanes to spend time with her friends.
''My father taught my mother to bowl, and I grew up in a bowling family,'' Muffy said.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Shepherd of the Valley activities director Kim Osborn assists resident Mafalda Andrews as she fulfills her Second Wind Dream day on June 4. Mafalda, 87, had loved bowling when she was younger, and 40 years later, she wanted to enjoy it again.
Muffy not only enjoyed bowling, but she looked forward to the weekly outings with family and friends.
Last October, she moved into S.O.V.'s Boardman facility. She is loved by residents and staff members, and she shared her passion for bowling, although she had not taken part in the sport for the past 40 years. S.O.V. Boardman Associate Director Robyn Musgrove said she was a good candidate for a program that S.O.V. is a member of.
The program is called Second Wind Dreams, and the S.O.V. staff form a Dream Team to make dreams come true for the residents. Musgrove said it is part of a national program that grants dreams to seniors. Two months ago, Musgrove, activities director Kim Osborn, and the staff in Boardman began work to give Muffy a dream day.
On June 4, the S.O.V. Boardman Dream Team told Muffy she was going to go to the bowling lanes at 11:30 a.m.
''I went nuts when they told me, then I cried,'' Muffy said.
Musgrove, who along with other staff members, kept the secret until that morning. When they told Muffy and saw the expression on her face, the whole staff was in tears.
''She was so excited,'' Musgrove said.
Muffy was joined by her daughter, Georgette Black, and her son-in-law, Bob Black. Georgette said she pulled a muscle working outdoors, so Bob would take on the challenge with Muffy.
To prove she still had it, Muffy opened with eight pins, and then picked up the spare as everyone cheered her on.
Following the bowling, everyone compared their scores over lunch at The Olive Garden.
Osborn said the staff at Boardman try to do one Second Wind Dream every three months. It makes the resident happy, and the staff get a warm feeling after making a dream come true.