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CSL Spotlight Resident, Gerdi Lynagh

Resident Spotlight - Gerdi Lynagh

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Gerdi Lynagh­­ — Gerdi was born in 1924 in Hanover, Germany. Her father worked for a company that made leather belts for big machinery and her mother was a happy housewife. Gerdi had one brother who was 15 months her junior and the family lived in a big apartment with many other kids. Gerdi graduated from high school at the age of 16 at which point she had to choose whether to be drafted into the military or work in a factory. During her time in the military, she attended Radio Operators School in the midst of World War II. After graduating from the program in 1941, she was sent to Lithuania to …


by Denee Naro

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CSL Spotlight Resident, Al Livingston

Resident Spotlight - Al Livingston

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Al Livingston – Al was born in 1929 in the beautiful and vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana. His father and mother were from California but his grandmother lived in New Orleans. His mother wanted to be near her during the pregnancy and remained there for seven weeks after he was born, before Al and his folks moved back to Los Angeles. His father worked as an exporter of batteries and their components and his mother had worked as a stenographer before becoming a housewife while raising Al. Al spent his career as the Deputy Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, based out of Sacramento. …


by Denee Naro

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CSL Spotlight Resident, Doris Varner

Resident Spotlight - Doris Varner

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Doris Varner – Doris was born in 1926 in Dallas, Texas to Gladys Wiedebusch and Milton Reynolds. She was married to Samuel Varner for 44 years until his passing in 1988. The couple had 5 daughters together named Beth, Mona, Susan, Ann and Kay. Doris describes herself as a person who loves to volunteer and help others, a loving mother, and also a person who enjoys animals. Her favorite volunteer experience was working with children in the hospital, a role she filled for 22 years. Doris enjoys having her meals in the dining room at Carlton Senior Living Concord with her friends and not having to co …


by Denee Naro

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CSL Spotlight Resident, Lou Meyer

Resident Spotlight - Lou Meyer

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Lou Meyer – Lou has been a resident of the Bay Area for most of life. Born in San Francisco in 1937, Lou playfully refers to California as “The Wild West.” It’s hard to imagine that San Francisco was once the home to cowboys, but Lou fondly recalls growing among the horses, cattle and chickens in the once rural city. Lou’s parents, Louis and Mary Meyer, are even pictured in a book recalling this chapter of San Francisco’s history called, Images of America: San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point. This book is very precious to Lou and offers a flash back to his childhood days in a once rugged San …


by Denee Naro

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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, John Searles

Resident Spotlight - John Searles

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, John Searles — John was born in 1928 in Canandaigua, New York. His mother was a school board member, library president and housewife while his father was a doctor. John had three brothers and two sisters, but when John was not yet born, one of his brothers died from the flu epidemic in 1918 when he was only 18 months old. After losing his young son, John’s father felt that being a doctor wasn’t right for him and so he became a banker. During summers when John’s father would stay in town for work, he fondly recalls his mother taking the children to their cottage on Canandaigua Lake where they wo …


by Jonita Dixon

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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, Sue Gilmore

Resident Spotlight - Sue Gilmore

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Sue Gilmore – Born in Augusta, Georgia on June 16, 1949, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill resident Sue would move as a child with her family to Pleasant Hill, California; a town she remembers as small and friendly, filled with lots of kids. Her own family included an older and a younger brother, part of a close-knit clan living happily with neighbors in a time past when kitchen doors would commonly be left open during the days, welcoming passing friends. Sue recalls with fondness the many children in her neighborhood, all of whom enjoyed playing outside for hours without any parental worries i …


by Jonita Dixon

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Resident Spotlight - Mickey Risken

Meet Mickey Risken, World War II veteran and Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident — Maurice “Mickey” Risken was born December 16, 1925 in Potrerillos, Chile. His parents met and married in 1924 in Montana where his father worked for Anaconda Copper Mining Company. The couple soon moved to Chile to help build a new refinery and quickly started their family. Mickey and his younger sister, Gail, grew up learning both English and Spanish. Every three years the family would take a three month vacation and the most memorable trip for Mickey was taken in 1940 when his family visited the United States to tour many of the national parks in the W …


by Jonita Dixon

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CSL Spotlight Resident, Timothy Armstrong

Resident Spotlight - Timothy Armstrong

Meet Timothy Armstrong, Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident – Timothy was born in 1955 in Sacramento, California. He was raised by mother, Dorothy Meadows, and stepfather, Robert Meadows. He has a stepsister, a stepbrother and two half-brothers named Tony and John. Timothy was previously married to Elizabeth and has two stepchildren, Scott and Tim. He also has three granddaughters. Prior to his retirement, Timothy was employed as an audiologist for seven years at Sutter Hearing Speech Center. He later became the owner and operator of American River Hearing, where he worked for 25 years. Throughout his lifetime Timothy traveled through mo …


by Jonita Dixon

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CSL Spotlight Resident, Beverly Taylor

Resident Spotlight - Beverly Taylor

Meet Beverly Taylor, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Beverly Joyce Taylor was born on November 4, 1947 to Frank and Ella Mae Taylor. She was born and raised in the bustling city of San Francisco, California along with her three siblings. When it was to go to work Beverly remained in San Francisco and, for over 13 years, she found success as Faculty Support for UC Hastings College of Law, the first law school in California. In 2012, Beverly was honored with the prestigious Rummel Award for her tireless efforts in helping to secure clerkship for UC Hastings students, in addition to her work for about 20 full-time professors. In her …


by Jonita Dixon

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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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Resident Spotlight - Judith Smith

Meet Judith Smith, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Judith was born in the Great Plains state of North Dakota where she lived briefly before her family moved west to California in 1943. In 1968, Judith moved to Sacramento, California where she began her 32 year career in government. One person who truly inspired Judith to become who she is today is her uncle. Judith says that he taught her everything she knows and gave her the tools needed to succeed in her career as a California State Senator’s Assistant Legislator. Judith is well traveled and has visited many interesting places throughout the world, including Germany, Paris and …


by Jonita Dixon

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