Our Interview with Resident Betty Carringer


Posted by Kia Crawford on April 23rd, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Young Harris, GA.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Going to my grandparents’ house. They lived in the middle of town and I’d walk to their house almost every day. I’d stop by on the way to school. Their home was a place that I loved. I would ask my grandmother 1000 questions a day and she’d answer every one. She was never impatient, but always loving. She was a great cook too.

After high school, I went to Emory University which was the door that opened for my life. It gave me a broader view of life. betty-carringer-assisted-living-resident-in-alpharetta-ga

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? I was a private nurse for an elderly couple for 4 years. After the husband died, I became very close friends with Gladys, his wife. I helped her as she aged. I really loved Gladys.

I loved to travel. Emory’s Alumni Association planned some great trips. I took advantage of the trips and saw Europe and the United States.

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do? Nurse – I loved working in the hospitals taking care of patients. I was one of the first Registered Nurses in Union County, GA, where we lived for 4 years.

For 30 years my husband and I had a drug store in the Spaghetti Junction area when it was still country. I worked in the store too. After my husband died, I sold the store. It made me very sad because I knew I would miss my friends and the social life the store gave me.

Do you remember what was happening in your life during a significant event in US history such as WWII, Vietnam, Woodstock or any other historical events? 9/11 – I was in the mountains of France on a day trip when the bus driver told us. We were scheduled to leave Europe the next Saturday, but all air travel had been stopped. We were wondering when we’d get back home. We were one of the first people to fly from Europe after 9/11. I was concerned, but I knew God would see us through it.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud of? Being a mother of 3 daughters who grew up leading good, Christian lives.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college? Have a career of something you love and enjoy it. Then you will look at it not as a job, but a pleasure of having something to do that’s meaningful in your life.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family? The greatest gift you can give anyone is love. Love sprouts out a lot of things – like caring, compassion and other good traits.

What brought you to assisted living at Dogwood Forest’s Alpharetta, GA community? Or Why did you choose Dogwood Forest? I think it was a blessing from God. I knew about Dogwood before I moved here. Then I had surgery and couldn’t go back home. As soon as I came to Dogwood, I knew God had made a place for me.

How do you enjoy assisted living here at Dogwood Forest Alpharetta in GA as your new home? The front porch is a great gift. That’s a great place to socialize. It reminds me of my granddaddy’s front porch where we would watch all the traffic go by.

What is your favorite part of living at Dogwood? The good food and my very good friend.

Who is your best friend at Dogwood? Pat Zuzick.