There was cake. Gorgeous bowls of red roses and stunning white lilies. There was the famous red punch served at many occasions. And there were boxes of Kleenex sitting on top of the tables. Last Friday, staff poured into the farewell reception for Memorial Hermann Northeast CEO Heath Rushing and CFO Becky Tucker, both of whom were recently promoted to new MH locations. A charming (and funny) prayer by Chaplain Paul Luna (Bless them, Lord, in their new positions and may all their patient satisfaction surveys be high!) was followed by City of Humble officials who declared it Becky Tucker and Heath Rushing Day in the city. Then the tears began as representatives of the hospital departments read quotes and thoughts about both. New CEO Josh Urban and new CFO Randy Reed took in the sentiments and realized Rushing and Tucker will be a tough act to follow. Heath was clearly moved by their warm words as he swallowed hard when saying goodbye. Seen at the gathering were: Noel Cardenas, COO; Niki Roux, CNO; Carol Prince, executive assistant to the CEO; Dr. Angel and Missy Munoz; Lola Brooks, Endoscopy nurse and MHNE Nurse of the Year; Hilda Tate, president of the MHNE Volunteers; Carolanne and Art Voltmann; Jenna Armstrong; Darryal and Connie Chandler; Tim Baker; Norman Funderburk; Darrell Boeske; Merle Aaron, mayor of Humble; Cynthia Calvert and Tom Broad. Good luck on the new positions, Heath and Becky, and don’t forget your friends in this neck of the woods.

Dr. Melissa Young and her Face It! Crew at Town Center opened their doors to FamilyTime Women of Achievement for a Valentine’s social and what a group it was! Beth Higgins of Songbird Designs donated a gorgeous necklace as a door prize and also had a selection of her beautiful custom-made jewelry. Dr. Young also had a selection of her whimsical artwork printed on T-shirts and note cards available for purchase with proceeds going to FamilyTime. It was a relaxed and chatty evening over heart-healthy treats of red wine and chocolate nibbles – lipstick-shaped chocolate mousse and raspberry cups, chocolate truffles, salted pretzel and caramel turtles (a Twila Carter favorite), bittersweet ganache cups and bushels of juicy strawberries. Catching up all around the room were Carolyn Wise, Pat Morlen, Lori Scherr, Marion O’Brien, Christine Zenker, Ellen Delap, Aggie Green (who can’t stop missing us so she visits as often as she can and we love seeing her!), Tamara Paul, Mia Hoyt, Linda Prator, Elizabeth Burger, Twila Carter, Nancy Cozad, Janie Branham, Betty Newton, Elaine Scott, Diane Blanco, Diana Van Horn, Carla Hopkins, Judy Cox, Beth Higgins and Kathy Adkins.

Happy 47th anniversary to Karen Boughton and her handsome, athletic husband, Phil! Karen and Phil met 53 years ago in junior high school, so are officially high school sweethearts. They are planning on hanging out at a few of their favorite restaurants in Hilton Head before heading out on an anniversary cruise. 

Happy, happy birthday to the Energizer Bunny of Republican Women, Halene Crossman! This sweet, sweet lady celebrated with dinner at Chimichurri’s with her just-as-sweet husband, Ron

Also around town: Mark and Marie Linabury celebrating Valentine’s at Chimichurri’s while Cynthia Calvert, Gina Remmes and I toasted to Valentine’s a day late at Raffa’s.

Also at Raffa’s commemorating their 32nd anniversary over yummy plates of prime rib and salmon were Doug and Beth Stanley. Congratulations! And thank you, Doug, for the stash of your blue ribbon, award-winning honey. I love it!

More 32nd anniversary congrats go to Danny and Geralyn Sullivan who look as cute together now on their special date night as they did way back when.

Chad and Devon Alexander, Gary and Theo Christman, Tony and Cheryl Austin, Carolyn Cain and Eileen Booher had dinner at Tularosa. 

Daniel and I lunched with marketing guru and fabulous wildlife photographer Bob Rehak at Carrabba’s.

Jill Curran enjoyed dinner with friends at Tosca Americana.

I had belated birthday drinks at Chachi’s with Denise Krieger, Mark Linabury, Sparky Nolan and Danny Sullivan.

Don’t forget to get your tickets to Humble Area Assistance Ministries’ Pillars of the Community Gala, honoring three couples – Byron and Ginger Bertrand, Darryal and Connie Chandler, Frank and Marlene Kopta – who have been selfless in sharing their time, talents and treasures. The event will be held at the Kingwood Country Club on March 31.

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