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Resident Spotlight: Ms. Mary Augusta Neville

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 5th, 2013 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Ms. Mary Augusta Neville was born March 13, 1925, in Fairfax, Virginia. She had a twin brother whom she loved. She and her brother were adopted when they were 6 months old. 

She moved at an early age and when asked about her favorite memory, she said it was going back to North Carolina and visiting family. She says she was an average child and did not get into trouble. She was called “Gussy” at school and loved having a nickname.

Ms. Mary grew up Presbyterian and loved going to church.  She went to college and studied Sociology. Later, she worked at the YWCA in Washington before meeting her husband. She was married at age 24 to Walter. They had two children together, Bill and Harry. Mr. and Mrs. Neville were married for 60 years.

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Resident Spotlight: Nelda Grayson

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 6th, 2013 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Nelda grew up in Pensacola, Florida, where going to the library and checking out books was a great pastime. Her love of reading has been a passion her entire life.

Living in Pensacola, a military town, Nelda watched as the troops returned from WWll by train. She recalls all of the joyful noises the men made because they were so happy to be coming home. A similar scene was also noted when troops returned from Korea.

Nelda worked her way through Florida State University, and then moved to the big city of Atlanta. Her professional career included a teaching school, H&R Block, Georgia Tech, and real estate sales.

One of Nelda’s favorite memories of adulthood was the birth of her children, only topped by the birth of her grandchildren.

Advice for marriage: Be careful who you marry. You may be … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Nora Taylor

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 6th, 2013 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Hi, my name is Nora Taylor. I grew up in Albertville, Alabama. I lived on a farm all during my childhood. My father grew all of our food, as well as cotton. He was a sharecropper and my younger brother, mom, and I helped out.

I enjoyed my childhood so much! I had a wonderful home life. I was a very good child and tried my hardest to get good grades in school. When I didn’t make straight As, I would cry! 

My family raised me as a Baptist Christian and after high school I pursued ministry with my husband, Marvin Taylor. I met him on December 26, 1949, on a blind date. Eleven days later, on January 6, 1950, we were married!

My parents really wanted me to go to college, so I did. After college, I became a … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Carolyn Waits

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 11th, 2013 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? Carolyn was born on Dec. 10, 1925 in Stockbridge, Georgia, and she also grew up in Stockbridge with one older brother. She graduated from Henry County High School and took some business courses from a school in Atlanta, Georgia.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Carolyn stated that when she was growing up Stockbridge was a small community and she knew everyone in town and everyone in town knew her. She lived right across the street from the school that she attended and she would go home for lunch every day. She would first go to her aunt’s house, who lived right next door to her, and find out what she was having for lunch. If she liked what her aunt was having, she would eat that or she would go … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Marion Costello

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 8th, 2013 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments
This map has a tack inserted for every country Marion Costello has visited.

Where did you grow up? LaSalle, Illinois – I was born there in 1918.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Growing up with my sister in a country home, I also remember going to a one-room schoolhouse until the 6th grade and then going onto town to a Catholic school. Marion said they had nice nuns as teachers in fact she revealed a gold bracelet with a charm on it that one of the nuns gave her on her first communion. She has worn the bracelet since she got it! Her aunt was a nun in Belgium.

What are some of your favorite memories from adulthood? Graduating high school and from Brown Business College. My family owned a dairy and my sister and I worked in the office part of it, until  I met the man … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Mary Jane

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 6th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Mary Jane, who we affectionately call M.J.,  was born December 26 in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated from William & Mary College in 1945 with a B.A. in art. She went on to teach grades 1-12. M.J says that her favorite age group to teach was students in middle grades. She enjoyed their inquisitive nature. 

Mary Jane met her husband, Emmitt, at an alumni dance at William & Mary. They were married in 1946. She and Emmit raised four children, two boys and two girls. She spent many years volunteering in her community with Reach for Recovery, a breast cancer survivors group, working on various fundraisers, and was an active member of Women’s Club. She did her best to stay busy helping others. Mary Jane has lived in several places such as Norfolk, Va.; Philadelphia; Chicago; Pittsburgh; Troy, N.Y.; St. … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Eunice Scarborough

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 20th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA, Spirit | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Eunice states that she was born on November 21, 1934, in southeast Atlanta and she grew up in the same area. She was an only child and graduated from Roosevelt High School, which had been the old Atlanta Girls High, in 1952.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? 

Eunice states that one of her favorite memories is her mother reading to her. She states that while growing up her mother had multiple sclerosis and so Eunice had to help her mother with housework. Starting at age 9 Eunice would make biscuits for her father for breakfast and she was so short that she had to stand on a stool to reach the kitchen counter. She also remembers that at some point in childhood she went to live with her aunt, who … Read more...

Just Keep Swimming

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 9th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA, Body, Research | No Comments

Want to offset the ravages of time? “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!” Okay, I couldn’t resist a little Finding Nemo humor.

The longer we remain active, the better we feel and perhaps longer we live. We certainly get our share of activity here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Alpharetta. Just because we grow older does not mean we should stop being physically active and strive for optimal fitness. Older adults have been staying active a number of ways including fun aerobics and less strenuous exercises such as walking. Walking is certainly affective, but can become redundant after a while. One great way to exercise, even beyond the the summer month, is swimming. The benefits of swimming are numerous and many seniors have taken up this refreshing form of exercise.

Benefits of Swimming

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No Horsing Around: Hoketsu Becomes the London 2012 Games Oldest Olympian

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 3rd, 2012 in Education | No Comments

I am sure I’m not the only one deeply enthralled in the London 2012 Olympics right now. In this week alone, records have been broken and “firsts” have been established. Micheal Phelps is the first to win 20 gold medals and Gabby Douglas, 16,  is the first African American to win gold in the gymnastics All -Around. There has been plenty of exciting moments, and there is still another week remaining before the closing ceremony. Many of our residents at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Ga are also enjoying the Olympics.

During my research of the London games, I stumbled across an interesting article from the Chicago Sun-Times about Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan. At the age of 71, he is the oldest competitor in the London Olympic Games and the second oldest competitor in Olympic games history only topped … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Thomas J. Stevens

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 3rd, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Tom was born December 28th in North New Jersey. He enjoyed growing up in New Jersey and had fond memories growing on in the region. He recalls spending time at area parks and fishing. He would go upstream, put his boat in and drift downstream fishing all the way home.

At age 10, Tom began to work on a farm that grew vegetables. One benefit was he could take all the vegetables home he wanted. Another was he stayed busy and out of trouble.

After high school, Tom Joined the Navy and went to Japan. Upon his return, he graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he was the first student council judge. Like many young men at that time, one of his gathering spots was the Ice Cream Shoppe where a mutual friend introduced him to Joan Margaret, who he … Read more...