Monthly Archives: September 2014

Resident Spotlight: Marion Vinson

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 24th, 2014 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Marion Vinson is our resident spotlight for September.

Born in Chicago Il.,  her father was a barber and her mom was in the home with Marion and her brother and sister. Marion’s mom recalls her drawing on the walls in the home, always chickens, always upside down. After learning to play the piano, Marion played for a children’s dance studio while in high school.

Marion was educated at AAA & AIC and became a commercial artist. After working in that field for a few years, Marion requested a leave of absence to work on a Dude Ranch in Wisconsin. There is where she met her husband Gene. He was a cowboy working as the furrier. He was also a writer, publisher and artist.  After they married, they moved to Wickenburg, Az. to manage the Chamber of Commerce and created  the … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Annie Grier

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 17th, 2014 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Annie grew up in Roanoke Alabama in a very rural area. Her father was a farmer and Annie remembers working on that farm picking cotton, milking the cow and doing other chores.  Annie was the next to the youngest daughter in a family of 5 girls.  When Annie graduated from high school she moved from Roanoke Alabama to LaGrange, Georgia to work in a cotton mill.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Annie states that when she was growing up she had to work hard in her family’s fields chopping and picking cotton and so she didn’t have much time to play.  She does remember her Mother making a ball out of thread that she and her sisters played with.  Her mother would sometimes help them catch June bugs and tie … Read more...

Dogwood Forest Announce Grand Opening Celebration

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 11th, 2014 in Acworth Ga | No Comments

ACWORTH, Ga., Sept. 10, 2014—Dogwood Forest Assisted Living  has announced its plans to host the Grand Opening celebration of its new Dogwood Forest of Acworth community located in historic downtown Acworth 4461 South Main Street on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.  As the first assisted living community in the Acworth city limits, Dogwood Forest of Acworth will offer area seniors new living options in an environment designed to improve the outcomes in the health and lives of its residents.

The day’s events will kick off with a closed ribbon cutting ceremony followed by the grand opening celebration. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the assisted living and memory care community as well as enjoy live entertainment, food and drinks.  Acworth Mayor, Tommy Allegood,  and several members of  the Acworth city council and government will all … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Cora Durden

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 6th, 2014 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

 I grew up in:

Brewton, Alabama which is located half way between Mobile and Montgomery.   Some of my favorite memories from childhood are:   Playing with my siblings. I had a brother eighteen (18) months older, a sister 2 years younger, and another sister who was ten (10) years younger than me.  This was during the Depression.

Some of my favorite memories from  adulthood are:

Marrying my husband, who I met at the age of 14 or 15 years old.

Raising my three daughters.

We lived in Europe, in Italy, until we had to evacuate to Germany.

We also lived in Washington, D.C.    My Profession (s):

I was a hairdresser, trained while still in high school.  My husband passed away in 1969 and I opened a beauty shop in Columbus, GA and retired in 1988.  I loved my profession and did … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Nona Dawson

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 3rd, 2014 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

One autumn day during the month of November 1924, Ms. Nona Dawson was born.  She grew up in the small town of River Falls, Wisconsin with her four siblings.  Her father was a postmaster and her mother was a teacher before she had children.  Ms. Nona recalls her grandpa living with her as a young child, and growing up in a happy family where they did many things together. “I’m so very grateful. We weren’t wealthy, but we had enough to be happy.” she stated. 

Ms. Nona finished college in her hometown to become an educator during WWII. She says of that experience, “college didn’t have enough men because they were fighting in the war.”  But with a smile on her face she said, “I married the nicest man in the world whom I’d known since grade school.” They married … Read more...