People of Distinction
Oaks on Parkwood residents are special people, from all walks of life with special stories. From humble decorated war heroes who are reluctant to share their stories; to teachers and homemakers who molded the lives of generations to come; to company executives; to doctors and more, the Oaks is home to people of all walks of life who share their skills and talents on a day to day basis.
Grove Independent Living resident, Marge is originally from Missouri where she enjoyed growing up on a farm. She left her parents farm as a teen to attend high school in the “big city” of Kirksville, MO. Just after WWII she worked at a movie theatre where she met her future husband, a sailor just returning from the war. Marge and her husband owned a coffee shop in the 1950s, a Laundromat in the 1960s and 70s, and Marge retired from the Gardner Collier Jewelry Store in the mid-1990s. Marge enjoys traveling and has been to Acapulco (a trip won by her husband); and London and Paris courtesy of her daughter and son-on-law who live in Birmingham. Marge’s son lives in Vermont along with Marge’s famous granddaughter, Hannah Teter who won a Gold Medal for snowboarding in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy, and a Silver Medal at the 2010 Olympics in Canada. Marge is an active resident at the Oaks and enjoys participating in games and exercise, as well as attending many of the social and entertainment programs.”
Blondie (Lee) A.
Blondie is a hometown girl from nearby Fairfield, AL. She has very fond memories of her high school days at Fairfield, where she was head cheerleader, President of the Gayteens Social Club, Vice-President of the Junior/Senior Girl Reserves, social editor of the school paper, Miss Valentine, and a maid in the homecoming court. Blondie was a working wife and mother with a successful career as a dental hygienist, still finding time to be active in her church, having served as one of two church representatives to the Wells Goble Crusade. In 2006, Blondie received the Fairfield High School Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award. Blondie, who is an Oaks garden home resident, carries that same spirit of involvement and social activity at the Oaks today, serving as an activity department volunteer, participating in art class, social programs, and more. She also enjoys gardening and spending time with family (which includes 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren and great grandchildren) and friends.
John and Evelyn (Jerry) L.
John and Jerry met on a blind date resulting in an instant match that has lasted 65 years and counting. John, who is a proud member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Coastal Caroline College. Jerry was educated in Portland, Maine. John joined the Marines and served with distinction in World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam, retiring after a 31 year career. Jerry took care of the home front and worked as a teacher’s aide in Long Island. She also worked as a volunteer in hospital emergency rooms for over 25 years.
After retirement from the Marines, John managed a commercial airport in North Carolina for 8 years, and then retired again. The couple’s next move was to Alabama where John worked at the golf course at Oak Mountain State Park. Jerry was one of the first ladies to play the course.
One of the couple’s favorite hobbies is traveling. They have seen most of this great country and particularly love Hawaii. They spend a lot of time with their family which include grand and great-grandchildren. These Grove independent living residents also enjoy meeting friends at the Galleria to walk and visit, and participate in most social and entertainment events at the Oaks.
Dr. Harry W.
Lodge assisted living resident, Harry grew up in Glencoe, AL. After high school, he attended the University of Alabama for 3 semesters before being drafted into the Army Air Corp (Air Force). He was stationed on Shemya Island near the Barron Seam where he served as Chief Operator. After his military service, Harry returned to the University of Alabama to finish his degree and then graduated from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry.
Harry was married for 50 years and has one son who followed in his footsteps as a Doctor of Optometry. Today, his son maintains the practice started by Harry. Active in the Masons and the Shrine, he served as Potentate of Zamora Shrine Temple in 1993. Harry is also an accomplished musician, playing saxophone and obo in the Shriner’s Band, Giatinna Band, and several church orchestras.
Harry and his wife were extensive travelers and toured around the world several times. He said his favorite trip was to Brazil. As part of his travels, he visited clinics and hospitals in 28 countries as both lecturer and observer.