Remembering Our Friends: August 2023

Remembering Our Friends: August 2023

Elizabeth Borders

It is with sadness that New Hope announces that Elizabeth Borders passed away on July 30th, 2023. Elizabeth had been served by New Hope of Indiana since 1999 when she moved to the Naseau group home in Noblesville. She has since lived at the Louise Group Home in Atlanta as well as most recently the Seton Group Home.  Elizabeth attended New Hope Day Services.  She spent her final days in a nursing facility where she could be with her father and visited by her mother and brother.  Elizabeth loved ALF and would watch the DVDs every day. She loved WWE wrestling and particularly the Undertaker, displaying a life size cutout of him on her bedroom wall.  She spent hours every day writing her “ABC’s and letters”. Elizabeth was very determined in her choices, but she could melt your heart with her hugs and smiles.  She also really loved her best friend and roommate Sue, as well as her friends at New Hope Day Services, Seton, Naseau and Louise group homes.

Becky Sigmon, Elizabeth’s Team Leader here at New Hope, had this to say about Elizabeth:
“Elizabeth loved her family and referred to them as ‘the father, the mother, and the brother’. She loved the ladies she lived with for several years in Atlanta Indiana and they were all like sisters. The ladies worked a booth at the Earth Fest each year to raise money to go on vacation. They went to several states and locations over the years. Elizabeth always rode the roller coasters everywhere they went and also at the State Fair each year. Sharon was her roller coaster buddy. Elizabeth loved going to the fair and one time, when they had a princess display, she put on the crown and dress and walked around showing her princess wave. From then on, she was known as the princess. Elizabeth loved Disney movies and her nickname progressed to be the froggy princess. She always had a headband, crown, or Minnie mouse ears on. Elizabeth loved attending camp each year and would sing a song from the Partridge Family show during the talent show. She loved to sing and dance to worship and praise songs, jumping on stage to perform. Sue, her roommate, was her dance partner. Elizabeth’s favorite food was Hormel chili with beans, cornbread with honey, and applesauce. And of course, having ice cream for dessert. Elizabeth was involved in Special Olympics when she was younger and enjoyed bowling during and after that time.  Elizabeth loved to take care of her house and advocated for herself to get to do her chores. She was also the official bingo number caller during the bingo games. Elizabeth had a big heart, gave big hugs, and cared genuinely for others. Her petite smile, wave, and tilt of her head will be missed.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth’s family, caregivers, day services individuals, former housemates and all who called Elizabeth a friend.

Glenn Ebert

It is with sadness that New Hope announces that Glenn Ebert passed away on August 2, 2023.  Glenn was served by New Hope since 1989. He first lived in the main facility, then moved to the DePaul Group Home before moving to Supported Living in 2001. Most recently, Glenn resided at Grandview 1, which was his home for many years. He was very close to his staff and considered them among his dearest friends. Glenn also loved all of his housemates, especially Mark B.

Glenn was descirbed by friends at New Hope as funny, friendly and outgoing. He enjoyed taking car rides and going out to eat- especially for a cheeseburger! He also enjoyed being outdoors and going to parks with his behavior consultants. One of his favorite New Hope activities was the annual Fall Festival. Additionally, Glenn loved spending time with his sister Linda.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Glenn’s family, caregivers, former housemates and all who called Glenn a friend.

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