Resident Spotlight: Marion Costello


Posted by Kia Crawford on February 8th, 2013 in Gainesville, GA | No Comments

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 of my dreams!!

Did you have a profession?
At the dairy until my husband and I got married, which we met on Thanksgiving night and was married the following October. He had to travel a lot for his job at Goodyear until WWII started and his job at the rubber plant was gone. He worked on the shipyards during the war.

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 event?
I remember Pearl Harbor and that I was pregnant with my son Jack.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?
I am most proud that I raised three wonderful, successful children. They are my pride and joy.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college?
Take every advantage to learn, read and travel, and not to waste time.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?
Yes! I wish I had taken my children with us when we were traveling. I have been all over the world; I have missed Russia and Australia. Marion has a painted map on her wall with little stick pins in every country she and her husband traveled to. I was a world traveler, not a home body!

What brought you to Dogwood Forest of Gainesville?
I needed to be by my family more, so I moved from LaSalle to be with my son and daughter-in-law. My son picked Dogwood Forest and I trusted him that this was a good place.

How do you enjoy Dogwood Forest of Gainesville as your new home?
I feel like I am a member of the family here, but then sometimes not, because I am a Northerner and the other ladies and I have trouble understanding what is being said. Like “fixin to!!”

What is your favorite part of living at Dogwood?
Being near to my family, and being able to go out with them or over to their home for dinner. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Who is your best friend at Dogwood?
Nell and Bertha that sit with me while we dine and the girls that give me support here at Dogwood: Judy, Amanda and Christina. Christina calls me her “Sugar Burger!”