Resident Spotlight: Meet Mrs. Birdie


Posted by admin on April 18th, 2014 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Birdie was born December 18, 1936, in Henry County, Georgia, and she grew up in Henry County also. She grew up the youngest child in a family with two half-sisters and one half-brother and one sister. Her sister is still living.

What are some of your favorite memories from childhood?

Birdie’s  favorite childhood memory is going with all of her family to a river in Henry County in the summer to go swimming to escape the heat and her family would take a picnic and spend the day swimming in the river. She also remembers her dad at Halloween getting a flatbed truck and putting hay in the back and the family would go to a Halloween party together and have a good time.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Birdie states that her best memory from adulthood is meeting her future husband Herbert Parker from Jonesboro and they got married when Birdie was 24 years old. Three years later their son Joseph was born. She remembers that her son was involved in a lot of different sports and her boss would let her take time off from work to go see him play in games. She was married to Herbert for many years, but he died. Seven years later she met and married Virgil Upton and they were married 11 years and then he also died.

Did you have a profession?

Birdie worked for about 30 years for the Clayton County Water Authority in various positions until she retired in 1986. She loved her work and did the best job that she could.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?

Birdie said that she is most proud of her 30 years spent with Clayton County Water Authority and she was responsible for them getting a Credit Union started. She also worked for the retired people from the Water Authority getting invited back one time a year for a luncheon so that they can get together and stay in touch with each other and the Water Authority.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating from college?

“Love everyone you meet, treat people the way that you want to be treated and be a good Christian.”

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?

Birdie’s advises to “stay at home with your children and if you don’t you can miss a lot while they are growing up. And teach your children right from wrong.”

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?

Birdie states that she was living by herself and found that she was going blind related to macular degeneration. She decided that before she went completely blind that she should enter an assisted living facility and so she contacted Dogwood Forest at Eagles Landing and made arrangements for admission. She states that she sold her home and gave away her car and had her family pick out pieces of furniture that she did not want to bring with her to Dogwood Forest and made arrangements for admission in the winter of 2014. Birdie says that she really likes it here at Dogwood Forest. She enjoys socializing with others and getting involved in activities and outings whenever she want to.

“The  other residents and staff are very friendly and nice to me,”  she says,  “and I’m glad I was able to make my own decision about moving  to this community.”