Ruth Barrer learned how to sew at a very young age. Growing up on a cotton farm in Mississippi she and her sister spent many hours sewing their own clothes and sharing laughs along the way. While Ruth’s smile and laughter still remain, her ability to sew seemed to have slipped her memory due to her dementia diagnosis.
Thanks to Azura’s MOSAIC Dreams program, Ruth was able to recapture not only this memory, but her ability to use a sewing machine. In fact, almost immediately from the moment she walked into the Sew N’ Sew in Racine, her talent began to resurface. After a quick tutorial, Ruth was actively engaged in creating her very own pillowcase, which she now proudly displays to all at Azura.
Ruth’s sewing memories were also captured by The Journal Times, the daily paper for Racine County, serving as a spark of inspiration to people across the state that those with memory loss can still dream and with the proper supports, these dreams can result in magical moments, like Ruth’s!
We would like to extend a special thank you to Jim Diebler, owner of the Sew ‘N Sew and Diane Rusch, the sewing instructor who spent time helping Ruth regain her confidence. Thank you for being truly EXCEPTIONAL!