Resident Spotlight: Jo Sumner


Posted by Kia Crawford on July 1st, 2014 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?:  Jo states that she was given the name Emma Jo Andrews and she was born on March 26, 1940 at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. She grew up in East Point and College Park, Georgia.  She was the youngest child in a family with 2 brothers and 1 sister.  She graduated from College Park High School and attended West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia, but only went to college for one year.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?:  Jo states that growing up her  Joe-Sumner11parents ran a flower shop in College Park that was close to a cemetery and so she had quiet neighbors. Jo loved to spend time in the flower shop and go in the cooler to get what ever flowers she wanted to have. She says to this day she prefers fresh flowers to plastic or silk flowers.  She also remembers spending a lot of time in the cemetery riding her bike but not over the graves.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?:  Jo states that after her year at West Georgia College that her dad moved the family to Tampa, Florida. While they were there she met her future husband Lee Sumner on  a blind date on New Year’s Eve in 1960. They dated for only a few months and then got married in 1961. They were married for almost 50 years before he died related to cancer.  They had 3 boys all of whom served in the military just like Jo’s husband Lee.

Did you have a profession?:  Jo states that her husband expected her to stay at home and be a housewife and mother to their three boys.  She did have a few part time jobs over the years but all were for short periods of time including being a switchboard operator.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?:  Jo states that she is very proud of being married to her husband Lee for almost 50 years and they had three boys who all served in the military with 2 of them on nuclear submarines with one of them going under the North Pole.  She also is proud of the men that her sons have become and her 8 grandchildren.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone just graduating from college?:  Jo says that her best advice is for you to do your best. It takes a college education to get anywhere in life. Don’t get pregnant while you are still young.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone just starting a family?:  Jo states that her best advice is to not have children if you don’t want them and don’t have children if you cannot afford them.

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?:  Jo was living in her home until her husband died 4 years ago in October and Jo’s sons found that after that she was not taking care of herself properly and so they placed her in an assisted living community near to 2 of the sons but then the other son felt that he needed Jo to be closer to him and so Jo transferred to Dogwood Forest Eagles Landing Marc 14, 2014.  Jo and son feel that Jo has made a pretty good adjustment to placement at Dogwood Forest Eagles Landing and she is more content and satisfied now.  She does participate in activities as she wants to and eats her meals in the dining room and seems to be OK at Dogwood Forest.