Resident Spotlight: Linda H. Butler

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 17th, 2013 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Linda was born in “NOLA” – New Orleans, LA.linda-butler

Fond memories of Linda’s childhood include Sunday afternoons with family and friends making homemade ice cream and eating pound cake in the backyard. Attending parades on St. Charles Avenue and schools closing for a few days to celebrate Carnival were exciting. Mr. Jeff was the first physical education teacher in her school introducing dodge ball, running and relays to her. In the sixth grade, Linda recalls the assassination of J.F.K. and shedding many tears.

After attending SUNO (Southern University of New Orleans), Linda worked as a phlebotomist and an HIV case manager. In 2004 while traveling to a blood drive, she was involved in an accident that severed her spine. When released from the hospital, Linda lived with one of her four children, Gena.

Along comes Hurricane Katrina, and evacuation to a nearby school, then onto the Superdome, Tulane Hospital, and finally Baton Rouge, LA, to continue the long road to recovery. It was recommended that Linda move to Atlanta to have access to The Shepherd Center, a spinal cord rehabilitation hospital.

Linda is blessed with 15 grandchildren, many of whom visit her at Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody.

Linda is currently obtaining her theology degree with the assistance of her two cats, Wilbert and Dave.

A few of Linda’s many friends at Dogwood Forest are Teresa, Justice, Sonya, and Tina. Linda feels like Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody is her “home away from home.” We all look forward to Linda’s bright smile and engaging conversation.