Lilia Ortiz

Lilia Ortiz, an 83-year-old resident at Wooldridge Place Nursing Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, is proud that her artwork is being sent around the country on the front of hundreds of Christmas cards.


Each year, parent company Life Care Centers of America invites residents in more than 200 nursing and rehab facilities to submit Christmas card designs, and one piece is chosen for each of the organization’s geographical divisions. One is also chosen from affiliate company Century Park Associates. A total of nine designs are printed and distributed to facilities and regional offices throughout Life Care and Century Park.


Ortiz’s depiction of the word “joy” with holly berries and a Christmas ornament is this year’s winner for Life Care’s centers in Texas. Ortiz used colored pencils.


“The holiday season is a spiritual season that should bring joy to everyone in celebration of the birth of Jesus,” said Ortiz.


A retired Veterans Affairs psychiatrist, Ortiz enjoys art as a source of calmness.

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