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13 retirees, currently in assisted living, together logged 409 years of service.

COURTESY PHOTO: LINDSAY KEEFER - Bea Kibutz (left) and Claire Howe organized the National Nurses Day event on May 6 at The Springs at Clackamas Woods, which honored 13 retired nurses who are now independent living residents at the community.Thirteen retired nurses and independent-living residents at The Springs at Clackamas Woods gathered on May 6 to celebrate National Nurses Day. Between them, they've logged 409 years of service.COURTESY PHOTO: LINDSAY KEEFER - Bea Kibutz (left) and Patti Klein share a story at The Springs at Clackamas Woods event honoring nurses on National Nurses Day on May 6. Both Kibutz, who organized the event, and Klein are among the 13 retired nurses who reside in independent living at the community.

Clackamas Woods resident Bea Kibutz, who worked most of her 39 years as a nurse in an alcohol post-treatment center, conceived of the idea for an event a few years ago.

"We just felt it was time to be recognized," Kibutz said. "We're proud of what we did."

She recruited her neighbor Claire Howe, whose 36-year nursing career was mainly working in obstetrics and gynecology, to help her with the event, knowing there were other retired nurses at the community. They were floored how many also have nursing backgrounds.COURTESY PHOTO: LINDSAY KEEFER - Dee Addington (left) shares a story of her days as a nurse with Claire Howe. Both women are independent-living residents of The Springs at Clackamas Woods, which hosted an event on May 6 recognizing the community's 13 retired nurses in honor of National Nurses Day.COURTESY PHOTO: LINDSAY KEEFER - Resident Jim Young (left), a retired nurse and resident at The Springs at Clackamas Woods, collects memorabilia from Bea Kibutz, who helped organize an event at the community that honors nurses on National Nurses Day May 6.

"I am just so blessed for all the years I did in nursing, and then to come here to The Springs and find out there are 13 of us," Howe said. "Even though our backgrounds are unrelated, how we have all banded together — I am grateful for all my experiences with everyone here."

The group decorated a table filled with memorabilia that included items from photos to newspaper clippings to a nurse's cape. The group shared their experiences over coffee and cookies.

"It's nice to be here among kindred spirits," said resident Dee Addington.COURTESY PHOTO: LINDSAY KEEFER - The Springs at Clackamas Woods has 13 retired nurses among its independent-living residents. On National Nurses Day, the group gathered to share stories and celebrate each other.


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