Having worked at the Elm Hurst Inn and Spa in various capacities for 36 years, Kay LaRose is set to retire September 3. An avid and experienced sewer, LaRose has also been the Elm Hurst's resident fabric expert, making bedspreads, curtains, drapes and uniforms over the years, including the white drapery that currently frames the windows in the grand ballroom. JOHN TAPLEY/INGERSOLL TIMES

Leaving home

For almost four decades, what is now known as the Elm Hurst Inn and Spa has been Kay LaRose's second home

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