The Marquez family with residents Eva Kaess, left, and Charlotte Howey, seated

On Feb. 14, 2018, residents at Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa, Colorado, enjoyed a Valentine’s Day surprise from the Marquez family.


Siblings Garret and Kendra Marquez, along with their mother, Delores Marquez, live and work near the facility.


“We pass Evergreen almost daily when we walk our dogs and enjoy seeing and waving at any residents who may be sitting in the sun at the front doors,” said Kendra.


The memory and legacy of former local high school teacher and town hero Jerry Reed is what inspired this Valentine’s Day surprise. Reed made it his mission in life to remind people that “you are loved.” He believed that his community would be unified if more people heard that phrase and believed it to be true.


“We were thinking about our dear, late friend Jerry Reed and his constant reminder that you are loved, and we wanted to share that little reminder with our neighbors at Evergreen for Valentine’s Day,” said Kendra.


In his honor, the family made handmade valentines that included a facility favorite: cheese balls.


“We were so excited to hand-deliver the valentines and spend time chatting with the residents,” said Kendra. “They are a fun group of big personalities, and we look forward to the next time we can come spread more love.”


“It makes such a difference to our home when our residents have personal connections with our neighbors, said Kara Finger, executive director. “We are grateful to the Marquez family for taking time out of their busy days to share their treasure with our home.”