Resident Spotlight: Sylvia Howard


Posted by Kia Crawford on June 2nd, 2014 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Roswell, GA

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

I loved doing fun and exciting activities with my four cousins who lived close by.  I was the youngest of the group.  Riding bikes with my brother who was 16 years older and my sister who was nine years older. sylviahoward

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Meeting my husband initially at school and dating for three years.  My husband and I and my sister and her husband would frequently visit interesting and nice places together.  We would visit my sister and her husband a lot in Florida where they lived near the beach.  Also, spending time with my two kids, a boy and a girl – we would also travel to the beach with the kids.  Attending Women’s Circle meetings at Roswell United Methodist church.

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do?

I was an administrative assistant with Equifax on Peachtree Street for 18 years.  I have wonderful memories of the meaningful friendships that developed at work over that period of time.  Some of these co-workers have visited since I have been at Dogwood.

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 events?

My husband was in the Marines during the Korean War, however he did not fight in the war. He recruited those who did.  I lived at home, with two aunts living close by.  When I heard of the Kennedy assassination, I was in my bedroom ironing.  It was terrible.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?

Raising my two children.  They were raised in church at RUMC.  Also, my grandson who recently graduated from the University of Alabama with honors.

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

Don’t let other people influence you – be yourself.

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

Don’t be too hard on the kids – don’t expect so much.  Enjoy your time with them as life is short.

What brought you to Dogwood Forest? Or why did you choose Dogwood Forest?

A friend recommended we look at Dogwood Forest.  After seeing several assisted living communities, my daughter chose this community due to the cleanliness, great smells and the layout of the building and rooms.

How do you enjoy Dogwood Forest as your new home?

I like it although I feel I am still getting adjusted since moving in just a few weeks ago.

What is your favorite part of living at Dogwood?

Activities such as BINGO and Bible study,  my room and sitting on the front porch visiting with my daughter-in-law and others.

Who is your best friend at Dogwood?

All of my table mates in the dining room.