Staff Arranges for Resident to Baptize Great-Granddaughter

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The Rev. Dr. Robert Ward, resident of Florida Presbyterian Homes Porter McGrath Health Center, baptized his great-granddaughter Peyton in a Sunday Chapel service wearing his doctoral robe. His family from all around the country was there. His son, Rev. Dr. Bob Ward, assisted his father in the baptism. The staff worked hard to get him ready, in his clerical robe, in a wheelchair.  The rehab team provided a “sling” to help him sit up straight to do the baptism. Bob is a very large man who has grown frail due to a stroke and it took a tremendous amount of effort and coordination to make this event happen, and it was done with excitement and love! “It was the most moving service I have ever been to,” said The Rev. Dr. Barbara Booth-Jarmon, full time pastor at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

Although Bob’s physical presence is deteriorating, his mind and memory are sharp! It meant the world to him and his wife to be part of this special moment in their family’s lives.

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