Resident Spotlight – Sue Gilmore

CSL spotlight resident, Sue GilmoreMeet 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 in a world, Sue notes, far different from that of today.

After her high school graduation, Sue stayed in Pleasant Hill working as a staff member in a local attorney’s office. Later she would meet her future husband quite by chance when she accompanied a friend to San Quentin who had personal business there during visitor’s hours. As fortune would have it, while waiting Sue struck up a conversation with one of the prison guards, a man named Robert Ayers. The attraction was mutual, and Sue and Robert soon began dating, fell in love, and happily married a year later. Robert’s career led to his appointment as Warden at San Quentin and Folsom prisons, with additional appointments to other institutions in California throughout his career. Before her own retirement, Sue was employed at the county offices of Chevron, later completing her working life as a pharmacy technician in Alamo for Rite Aid for 14 years.

Sue speaks fondly of her lifetime as an active knitter: someone best described as always working on one project or another. During the course of her knitting career, she estimates that she has completed at least seven or eight full-size blankets as well as having had the singular pleasure of helping her mother learn the craft. In addition to her knitting career, Sue has been a dedicated seamstress and made all her own dance clothes when she was an active square dancer in organized groups, a period of her life she enjoyed immensely. She is currently participating in the Carlton Senior Living Book Club, and is looking forward to lively discussions at the upcoming club meetings. Her recent election as President of the Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill Resident Council is an honor she cherishes.

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