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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Ultimate Dream Makeover

  • As Merle Leatherman approached Beth Briggs Saturday and announced she was the recipient of an Ultimate Dream Makeover, Beth gasped and buried her head in arms, overcome by emotion.
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  • As Merle Leatherman approached Beth Briggs Saturday and announced she was the recipient of an Ultimate Dream Makeover, Beth gasped and buried her head in arms, overcome by emotion.
    Beth has had a hard year with many personal challenges, both physical and emotional.
    The Ultimate Dream Makeover is a program spearheaded by Leatherman, an average person who just wanted to do something nice for deserving women.
    The women who receive the makeovers are awarded donated beauty services by Creative Hairlines, as well as donations of goods and services from a variety of community businesses.
    Amidst all the primping during her makeover day, Briggs said she was most appreciative of the free oil changes she received, as she is driving a family member to Wichita four times a week for medical treatment.
    Elaine McAlister, Briggs's long-time friend, nominated her for the makeover. McAlister described Briggs as an amazingly strong, but private person.
    "She deserves to have it exhibited to her how special she is to so many people," McAlister said.
    Briggs worked as a paraeducator in McPherson schools for more than a decade, giving to many students along the way, McAlister said. Briggs has recently had to temporarily leave her position to due health reasons.
    "She has faced a number of hard times and a number of challenges and learned that it is necessary to rely on God," McAlister said. "It has been an inspiration to a lot of people to watch how she has grown through these hardships when things haven't gone her way."
    Briggs said she was blessed and humbled to receive her day of pampering.
    "I think if we ever get nationwide health care, they should include massages," she said. "I have never had a massage. It was incredible."
    Briggs' daughter, Emily, 27, drove in from Kansas City to be with her mom on her special day. Beth said just having her daughter there with her was a tremendous blessing.
    "All through the day," Briggs said, "the things I experienced were really wonderful. I felt everyone's kindness, and I felt needed and appreciated."
    In the last year, Briggs said she has had to regroup and start over after several crises in her life.
    She said she was thankful to live in McPherson where she could be surrounded by family and friends, who have been generous with their support.
    "I am really thankful to be in McPherson as I have been going through this difficult time," she said. "It has been a really good place to be planted right now."
    If you wish to nominate someone for a makeover, contact Merle Leatherman at Ultimate Dream Makeover, P.O. 232, McPherson, KS 67460.
    The following businesses supported Briggs' Ultimate Dream Makeover:
    Page 2 of 2 - Clayworks at Disability Supports, Creative Hairlines, Hometown Tire and Turf, The Bookshelf, Sassy Bags, Holiday Inn Express, New Hope Church, A5 Western, Subway, McPherson Police Department, McPherson Street Department, Browns Shoe Fit, The Well, Midway Motors Superstore, Braum's, The McPherson Sentinel, Renberger Jewelers, McDonalds, Venable Jewelry, Atelier Design and Print, Cooper Tire, Wendy's, Tres Amigos, The Cake Lady, Pennzoil Lube Center, Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Orscheln Farm & Home, Aaron's, Balloon Landing, Shimmerz Tanning Salon, McPherson Glass, Walgreens and Thirty-One Senior Consultant Shawna Herrera.

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