Nurse carries on dad’s legacy in De Smet

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Reprising her role on the chapel piano at Good Samaritan Society – De Smet in South Dakota is Darcy Miller, RN.

“When my dad was the administrator here, he was the one that did devotions every day,” Darcy says while playing some impromptu hymns.

When Darcy was younger, her musical talents sometimes accompanied dad Jerry Keller’s devotions at the long-term care center.

The chapel here strikes a chord for many reasons. Mainly, she remembers growing up at the location while her dad cared for residents over three decades. Jerry has been retired for almost 20 years.   

“Makes me want to cry,” Darcy says feeling nostalgic about the good old days. “I don’t like change.” Despite the emotion, this is a special day. Sitting in a pew nearby listening to her hymns, once again, is the now 84-year-old.