Earlena Finken


To the editor:

When I was reading about the Vaile Mansion on North Liberty Street, it reminded me of the many times my mother, Josephine Smith Ebeling, during the 1970s, would go and play the piano for the residents of the nursing home.

She would call ahead to let the staff know she was coming, and she requested that they bring them down fully awake, not sedated, because they loved the old music she played, blues, jazz, honky tonk and their old favorites. They would clap their hands, tap their toes, nod their heads and sing if they could in rhythm.

Yes, they loved it when Ms. Josephine came to play.