Monthly Archives: May 2014
Another of our newer residents is Bonnie Bruce. She moved to Chateau Vestavia from Bluff Park a few months ago. Bonnie is a beautiful lady with a soft musical voice that will immediately charm you.
Bonnie grew up in the western area of Birmingham and has remained in the city for her entire life. She was blessed with loving parents and three siblings. They enjoyed family activities like sitting on the porch with friends and family, roller skating on the neighborhood sidewalks and swimming in nearby parks. Her family enjoyed music and they were busy with church music, Christmas pageants, caroling and other activities. Her father was very talented and composed gospel quartet music which they all enjoyed. Bonnie said that she had a wonderful childhood even though they lacked the conveniences of today.
After graduating from West End High … Read more...
Marcella (Marcy) Cooper grew up in Newrochelle, NY. Her favorite memories are growing up with her siblings. Her favorite adult memory is getting married. She was a police officer. During WWII both her brothers went to war. Getting married is what she is most proud of. She says “ Being a grandmother is awesome” She came to the Holbrook to be closer to her sisters. She misses NY, her home.… Read more...
Lillian McCarthy was raised in Syracuse, N.Y. and was the youngest of six children. She recalls the winters being so cold. Every year her family would “Winter in Florida” from January to May.
Her father ordered silk worm eggs, hatched them, and began his silk manufacturing company in Syracuse.
After high school Lil attended business school and started her career with H.L. Greens. While working in the office, a very handsome manager from another location was visiting, and she decided to ask him to the company sled ride that night. Six months later she became Mrs. Howard McCarthy.
After being transferred quite often, Mac said it was time to return to Syracuse and open their own store, named “McCarthy’s”.
Mac joined the army in 1943 and served in North Africa and Italy. Lil and her sister moved in together while … Read more...