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A Christmas gift shares a family’s legacy of nursing

Posted at 6:51 AM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 07:51:05-05

A big part of the Christmas season is sharing memories of those we have loved and lost. And one grandmother’s handwritten nursing notes have become a timeless Christmas gift for her granddaughters.

At a lunch date with her daughters, Kimberly and Danielle, Barbara Baron of Lafayette shared a special memory of her mother Mert Aucoin. A part of their gift exchange, Danielle and Kimberly were surprised by Baron who presented them with a binder full of nursing class notes their grandmother had taken in 1964.

The gift holds a lot of meaning for the two women who are carrying on their grandmother’s nursing legacy. Both Kimberly and Danielle are registered nurses. The two spent time flipping through the handwritten notes and lighting up with surprise at some of the information.

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Barbara Baron with her daughters Danielle and Kimberly along with Kimberly’s daughter Emma courtesy Barbara Baron

In a video shared with KATC, Baron can be heard telling her daughters that their grandmother graduated at the top of her nursing class all the while having three children in diapers at home.

According to Baron, Aucoin was a pediatric nurse and worked for several doctors in the Lafayette area including Dr. Robert Pavy and Dr. Rolfes at the Hamilton Group, Dr. Phillip M and Dr. Adrian Stuart before retiring. Aucoin passed away in June 2007.

Baron says her daughters were eager to get the notes home to compare them with their own.

Based on the reactions of the two women, it appears that this gift will be cherished for years to come.

Watch the video below: