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Resident Spotlight - Donna Rolls

Donna de Saint Croix Rolls was born on August 6, 1931 in Arlington, Massachusetts to Frances and Donald Wood. She was named Donna after her father and her unique middle name had been passed down through her mother’s family for four generations. Naturally, when Donna gave birth to her own daughter, Allison, she also passed on the middle name. Donna was raised Unitarian Universalist, a religion which traces its roots back nearly 450 years to 16th Century Transylvania. Her mother took care of the home and family while her father was a self-employed gold and silver smith. Due to the nature of her father’s profession, Donna’s family moved around t …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Gene Page

Gene Page 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 dedicated service to his employer and Gene advises that young …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Howard Jennings

Retired Chief Master Sergeant USAF, Howard Jennings, was born and raised in the great state of Texas. After completing school, he joined the military at age 17 and served the US Marine Corp for 26 years, 2 months and 8 days before retiring in 1978. Following his retirement from the Marines, he traveled to Saudi Arabia as a Civil Servant and, for five years, worked as an advisor to the Saudi Air Force. Howard and his wife, Ella, a nurse, have two sons and two daughters. While they were growing up, Howard was proud to have coached his children in basketball, baseball and football. The family also traveled to Germany, Japan and on a cruise to Me …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Doris Miller

Miracles never cease! Many years ago in 1936, 12 of us girls bonded together and became the Fidelis Club at University High School in Oakland. Incidentally we were all the same age that year. Our purpose was to provide special services to our community, but it turned out out that we too were recipients: of lasting friendship, loyalty and fidelity over our lifetime.


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Ted Fuller

Ted Fuller was born in Topeka, Kansas and raised in Denver, Colorado, where he attended Western State College of Gunnison, CO. He was the editor of Electrical World, a McGraw-Hill magazine, and handled editing/writing assignments for utilities in Denver and Decautur, Illinois, then later San Francisco. He relocated to the Bay Area in 1963 where he settled with his wife in the Pleasant Hill/Lafayette Area. It was there that he and his first wife Betty Ann stayed quite active and busy raising one daughter and four sons, later adding four grandchildren to the family. After losing his wife of 48 years Ted was able to find love again in his second …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight

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

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Gladys Peshout

On November 2nd we celebrated the 106th birthday of our long time resident Gladys Peshout! Along with her friends here at Carlton Senior Living San Leandro, her family and staff, we enjoyed the afternoon with her favorite chocolate cake, and big band music from the 30’s. Gladys says that the secret to longevity is …. there is no secret, just be happy! Please enjoy the photo gallery below.


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living San Leandro, Resident Spotlight

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

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

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

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Betty Ann Laudin

Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill Resident Betty Ann Laudin participated in a Golf Tournament yesterday that was organized by Contra Costa Parkinson’s Network. Betty who has Parkinson’s disease was accompanied by our On-Site Physical Therapist, Josiah Anderson and fellow Director of Resident Services. “We had a great time. We hit some good one and some bad, but overall we all had a lot of fun this year and can’t wait to play again next year!!” said Betty when asked about the golfing tournament. Carlton Residents sure know how to have fun!


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Samella "Sam" Neisler

Samella Neisler, or “Sam as most around Downtown Pleasant Hill call her, was born in Memphis, Tennessee and her father earned a living as a farmer. The best times she had were in White Haven,TN. Sam enjoyed school. She was a good student as she even won a spelling bee in her local small town! Sam took Home Economics in High School, enjoyed cooking and was a majorette in the school drum and bugle corps. Sam studied college at Henderson Business College. She worked at the CA Dept of Employment as a clerk typist. In 1965 she moved to LA and took a position at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA as a typist and accounts payable clerk. In July …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Doris Miller

Doris Miller has been living at Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill for 5 years. She and her husband Charles; deceased, were married for 58 years and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Doris was born in Berkeley CA, attended grammar school and then moved to Oakland, attending Claremont Jr. High and University High School. She graduated from San Francisco Stat College with a B.A. and a Elementary Teacher credentials. She taught in Mt. Diablo United Schools for 30 years and has been retired 35 years. Her many interests are travel, world affairs, spectator sports, and art world. Her move to Downtown Pleasant Hill has given her many fr …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight