Liz Shaneyfelt Day in Manila
Elizabeth "Liz" Shaneyfelt Akin, advanced practice nurse (APN), was guest of honor at a reception held at the Manila Community Center Monday, June 10, in recognition of her years of service to the community. Shaneyfelt Medical Clinic in Manila closed June 1 after serving the area for 54 years.
Liz, as she is known by her friends and family, came to Manila in 1959 when her husband, the late Dr. Eugene Shaneyfelt, known as Doc, opened his medical practice.
"We had been in Dewitt for about six months and when Dr. Ratton was leaving Manila, we decided that would be a good place to practice," Liz said.
Manila became their home where they raised their five children and met the medical needs of the community.
Their children are Geneabeth Bug Shaneyfelt of Manila, Cindy Shaneyfelt Holiman of Jonesboro, Shing Shaneyfelt Hall of Cave city, Gene Shaneyfelt of Illinois, and Paula Spencer of Texas.
For many of their Manila years the Shaneyfelts operated a hospital located on main street, just across from their office.
They delivered 3,000 babies. Brad Hitchcock was the last baby delivered at the Manila facility. He was born June 12, 1973. Brad's mother, Lisa, said they were renting an apartment above the hospital so she just had to come down the stairs for delivery.
Another guest at the party remembered all of the miles Liz drove getting young people from one event to another.
"Liz was always the driver," Mary Jon Ashley said. "She always filled up the station wagon took us to choir, band or cheerleading events."
Liz is a native of Lepanto. She is daughter of the late Sarah and A.T. Bell Sr.
Liz continued her education earning an APN Degree and has enjoyed a long career in the medical field.
She said she is not retiring, she is just taking a break until she decides what to do next.
She is now married to Jack Akin, a cattle rancher and well digger from New Mexico.
Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner welcomed everyone to the reception and gave a special thank you to Liz for the years of service to the community and surrounding area.
"We can't repay what you and Doc have done for the community of Manila," Mayor Wagner said. "Today, June 10, 2013, is Liz Shaneyfelt day in Manila. Thank you for your service."
Doc Shaneyfelt Lane has been renamed to Doc and Liz Shaneyfelt Lane.
A plaque in her honor will be placed along the new walking trail at the Manila Park.
City Councilman Linda Donovan read a citation from the House of Representatives, 85th General Assembly of the State of Arkansas as presented by Rep. Wes Wagner of Manila. The citation was framed and presented to Ms. Shaneyfelt. Also on display were the street sign and the engraved block for the walking trail.
Liz's children attending included Bug, Cindy, Shing and Gene. Paula was not able to attend, but she enjoyed visiting via Skype.
Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were also in attendance.