Community Classifieds

Community Classifieds and a park map are now posted at the end of the current page. Scroll all the way down to see the Classifieds and a map of Leisure World.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Angels Working Together

Every day at the rec hall, a delicious lunch was  being prepared to help out the flood victims at Leisure World.  Thanks to all those who so graciously gave their time to help in this process.  Thanks to What-a- burger for the sandwiches and thanks to Wal-mart for giving us a break on the food bill and all the delicious donuts from HEB.   You are all angels and we apprec iated the delicious meal, friendship and not having to stop working on our "messes" to prepare food for ourselves.  God does provide.

Thanks George, Connie and Darlene  (and so many others that are not in this picture.)
Thanks to Pat and Ray LaFoe for all the pizza.

 Denny and Luke Hejlik was trying to help residents with their air conditioning problems.  Sandy for doing laundry for anyone who needed, Judy and Elizabeth for arranging the church help to come in.  Rita for finding places for flood victims to stay while cleaning up.  I know I have not named all but thanks to all of you.  
Yolanda and Robert, Louie and Carrie helping Marilyn with some moving items.

Didn't get a lot of pictures here in this department, but so many angels were helping other angels with all that needed to be done.  Heard that some of those who were thinking of "giving up" have changed their minds and have already purchased a "new" home for themselves to come to this fall.   BIG THANKS FOR ALL OF THE HELP EVERYONE.  GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Leisure World Park Flooding

Just a few pictures of some of the residents home in Leisure World.  It has been quite a few sad days to watch and see what is taking place here in the park.  So many have come from the north to take care of the "damages" and those who live permanently here in the park, are cleaning up the "mess".  Many trailers will be taken from the park and many of our friends will not be able to return.  So very sad.

Helen Motts

 water levels on trailer

 Golf carts lost

 Mold already starting in.

Cracked foundations

This is only a glimpse of the "mess" which residents are working with.  Residents are exhausted but keep smiling.  So many outsiders are here to help.

Leisure World Park Notice

I was asked to put some information on the blog in hope it might help some.

For those who have damage to their motor homes, following are a few numbers you might want to call to report the damage.  They are available from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Reporting your damage will help get financial help in Hidalgo County.  Please take a lot of pictures as this will help.  Fema will be in the area on Wednesday and Thursday.  Not sure how you contact them but it was suggested to watch the news media for updates.

If you want information from the city the website is

In getting rid of debris you can contact Loren Dyes, Crowd Source Rescue for help - 956-222-0368.
The Church of Christ Disaster Response Team is willing to help - 937-308-7593.  The First Baptist Church are also willing to help with cleanup.  The website is and look for the "clean-up" on the website.

Hope this information will be of use for all.

Lloyd Walker

The Leisure World flood has effected so many. One of our friends, 95 year old Lloyd Walker, has lost everything.  Because of this his son has moved him to Louisiana. Here is his contact information if you would like to send him a note or card:

Lloyd Walker
3978 Natali St.
Lake Charles, LA

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Phyllis's nieces Sandie and Marcia, sister Barb, daughters Carrie and Lynsley and sitting in front is niece Katie, granddaughter Danielle and myself.  

Niece Marcia Miller planned a get-to-gather for anyone who was interested to come and paint with her at Board and Brush in Clive, Iowa.  So on June 1, 2018, there were eight of us who didn't know what we were in for but we had a blast making our signs.  AND we all did a pretty good job.  It was so much fun that Marcia says we've gotta do this again.   We need to do this at Leisure World....  What do you think Judy Hukill???

Willie Bears

My oldest brother (William A. De Joode) passed away in July of 2017.  His oldest daughter (Sandie) purchased bears and sent to me (Phyllis) with Willie's old bib overalls and some of his favorite shirts.  Phyllis then got busy while at Leisure World and dressed 25 bears in bibs and shirts.

My Little Teddy Bear
With His Cute Little Face,
Just A Memory of Willie,
Who has gone to a better place.
At the 2018 De Joode  Family Reunion, the bears were given to Willie's grandchildren AND
to Willie's remaining sisters and brother for a keepsake.
We love our little "Willie Bear"

Trudy, Carolyn, Phyllis, Don, Beverly and Barbara.

Dick Babcock

Richard Babcock, age 90, passed away peacefully at his home in Poplar Grove, Illinois on June 9, 2018.  He was born April 13, 1928 in Beloit, Wisconsin the son of Claude and Mary Frances (McCabe) Babcock. He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School.  He married Lorraine Fink on January 21, 1950 in Beloit.  Richard worked as a painter for Chrysler Corporation, retiring in 1990 after twenty-five years.  Richard was also a dairy farmer until 1966.  He was a 4-H Leader, member of North Boone Booster Club, Umpired Pony League and also played fast pitch softball having pitched a no hitter on September 16, 1949.  Besides enjoying watching baseball, he was also a Green Bay Packer fan.  Richard was very involved with all his families many activities.  He made his spiritual home at St. James Catholic Church in Belvidere.

Richard is survived by his wife of 68 years (Lorraine); ten children; Patti (Mike) Key, Richard B. (Sue) Babcock, Katherine (Charles) Balmes, Louise Babcock, Philip (Tina) Babcock, Peter (Sherri) Babcock, Therese (Mike) Crookshank; Judy (Rick) Hutchinson; Paul (Christie) Babcock; as well as 25 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  Also surviving is his brother Robert (Jean) Babcock.  The family would also like to acknowledge the many foreign exchange students who were part of the family, especially Lonk Guzman from Ecuador.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, son Charles Babcock, daughter Mary Frances, granddaughter Mary Kate, sisters Beth Partridge, Marion Babcock, Florence Popanz, and daughter-in-law Neva Babcock.

Memorials may be given to the family to establish a scholarship in Richard's name.


Dick and Phyllis Connett attended the visitation this afternoon and the family has ask me to put this article on the Leisure World Blog.  One of the daughters asked me to please give hugs to those who knew Dick from Leisure World.  He talked of all very highly and we all know he will be missed.  Lorraine is doing well at this time.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Eva Uptergrove

In loving memory of Eva G. Uptergrove

Date of Birth : September 28, 1934
Place of Birth : Sunrise Beach, Missouri
Date Deceased : June 2, 2018
Location : Kansas City, Missouri

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Eva G. Uptergrove of Kansas City, MO who passed away on June 2 2018, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family. She was loved and cherished by many people including : her children, Kathy Uptergrove, Paula Reser, Jamie Hall, Jodie Carter, Kim Huffman, Troy Uptergrove, Justin Uptergrove, Jimmy Uptergrove; her husband, James Uptergrove; her grandson, Sean Reser.
She was also cherished by 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren. Contributions In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Eva may be made to St. Luke's Hospice House, 3516 Summit St., Kansas City, MO 64111.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Roger Gallea

Leisure World resident, Roger Gallea, 77, lost his battle with colon cancer last Thursday. After his recent operation, Roger seemed to be doing well and was excited to get back home and even begin walking Mikey. He apparently had a relapse and passed away while in the ICU unit at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg. His longtime companion, Verna Louze, is planning a Memorial Service for him in the fall when the Winter Texans return.