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Resident Spotlight - Betty Telesford

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Betty Telesford – Betty Spears Telesford was born in Charleston, West Virginia to parents Russell Wellington and Catherine Gallion. Her mother was an elementary school teacher until her marriage. Her father taught French in a segregated school until the Great Depression led to the loss of his job. Realizing the need to persevere, he learned the trade of bricklaying, which helped guide him through many tough times as munitions plants were needing constructing. At this time, these trade jobs were majority union and black workers were not union-eligible. Betty’s father, along with several other trad …


by Denee Naro

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CSL spotlight resident, Ken Freeman

Resident Spotlight - Ken Freeman

Meet Ken Freeman, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Kenneth G. Freeman was born to parents Virginia and Frank on March 18, 1925, in Sandpoint, Idaho, a small community on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. His mother and father both managed restaurants, and in those times, there rarely were specialty restaurants, and they “just served everything.” In 1941, he and his parents moved to San Francisco, to manage another restaurant. Unfortunately, during this time, Ken’s father died in a partial building collapse. His mother remarried several times, ever searching for the qualities of Ken’s father in others. Enrolling in Loyola Marymount …


by Jonita Dixon

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Meet spotlight resident, Marion Small!

Resident Spotlight - Marion Small

Meet Marion Small, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Marion was born in the Central Valley city of Modesto, California in 1924. Her father had many different jobs including driving buses for the local school system. When Marion was about seven years old, she and her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and settled in Oakland. Soon after, they welcomed her sister, Janet, into the family. Throughout her life, Marion has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, and recalls traveling by plane, train and automobile, and seeing many of the museums, architecture, and being immersed in the history …


by Jonita Dixon

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Meet spotlight resident, Gene Page!

Resident Spotlight - Gene Page

Meet Gene Page, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Gene was born in Du Quoin, Illinois, home of the famous Du Quoin State Fair which brings visitors from all over the United States each year. He later relocated to the Bay Area and began working at an insurance company in San Francisco where he’d meet his future bride, Marian. Since both he and Marian worked for the same company Gene explains that, “one of us eventually had to quit”. Gene continued with the insurance company for many years and was eventually promoted to Vice President of Operations with a territory covering the eight western states. He retired after 49 years of dedic …


by Jonita Dixon

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Resident Spotlight - Reba Susi

Carlton Senior Living Davis spotlights resident Reba Susi and her incredible life story. Reba was born on February 19, 1923 to parents Dalton Dylan and Lilly Kennedy Dylan in the small town of Oak Hill, Tennessee, a suburb south of Nashville. Her parents had a land lease and migrated down from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, by way of Virginia, to settle in the area. She was fortunate to have five siblings: brothers DW, James, and William, and sisters Marie Pugh and Jane Ray. Reba met and married her husband, Samuel Curri, who was the Resident Inspector for Chance Vought Aircraft in Stratford, CT, during World War II. Reba was employed there as a se …


by Jonita Dixon

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Resident Spotlight - Lillian Carter

Lillian Carter was born on April 26, 1924 in Bronx, New York City, New York, to parents Charles and Julia Metz. Her parents were immigrants from former Austria-Hungary, and came to the United States in 1921. She had one older brother, Charles, who had moved to the US with them. Her father had been a contractor and bricklayer in Europe, and was able to find work in New York. Her mother stayed at home to raise Lillian and her brother, and care for the household. Lillian recalls that she would follow her older brother to school, and even though he was in 3rd grade, and she was only four years old, she would always be in his classroom with him! O …


by Jonita Dixon

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Gratitude for Carlton Senior Living Davis

I would like to acknowledge a true gem in our community. The Carlton Senior Living Facility was where my mother spent the last couple of years of her life. The staff at the Carlton allowed my mother to age on her terms and with tremendous respect and dignity. A special thank-you to all the medical staff and especially to Jose, who was very attentive to my mother’s needs and kept me well-informed. Also, to the front desk staff, who took the time to listen to my mother, whether she had a concern or simply wanted them to admire her latest crocheted creation or fresh-picked flowers. This meant so much to her. My mother had a special fondness for …


by Jonita Dixon

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Resident Spotlight - Virginia Farris

Virginia Farris was born to parents Mildred and Norman Snyder in the small town of Gustine, California, in the Central Valley south of Stockton. She has three siblings, including her brother, Eugene, and sister, Norma. Virginia has in fact lived in various corners of California, including Modesto, Berkeley, and Carmel. For the last 24 years, she has called our lovely town of Davis her home, and says that the thing she likes best about Davis is the fact that she feels safe here. She was one of the founding residents of Carlton Senior Living Davis, moving here in March of 2014! She married a gentleman named Bruce Elliot in 1945, and raised four …


by Jonita Dixon

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Talent Show - Davis Senior Living

The Carlton Senior Living Davis Talent Show with local UCD community service group, Circle K was a hit!  They were a daylong service extravaganza and one group finished their day at Carlton Senior Living Davis, where they performed music, told jokes, and played minute-to-win-it style games with our residents.  One of the biggest benefits of Davis is the university, and this is just one example of how we connect with their students.


by Jonita Dixon

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Poetry Class - Davis Senior Living

Here we have some pictures from a Poetry Night hosted by local girl scouts, in which the girls presented their own acrostic poems and pictures before breaking into pairs with the residents to write new poems and illustrate them.  The girls got to practice public speaking and start making connections with our seniors, who relished the opportunity to play and work with these sweet kids.


by Jonita Dixon

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