What people have to say about The Meadows
Meet Elinor Folk, Featured Meadows Resident
Elinor Folk is not only a featured resident but also one of the first WAVES commissioned in the US Navy. Elinor enlisted in the Navy in 1942 feeling it was her duty to serve her country during wartime.
Her rank in the Navy was Petty Officer 2nd class. She served as a LINK Trainer Instructor at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Whiting Field, Pensacola, Florida. As a LINK trainer instructor, she trained Navy pilots about flight navigation on flight simulators. Mrs. Folk recounts, "And so we were the first WAVES at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Ten of us. And that was very exciting. That's how I met my husband because we enjoyed a great deal of popularity."
After her time in the service, Mrs. Folk settled in Nashville where she was a WPLN radio storyteller, news announcer and "Coffee Break" interviewer and producer. She was named 1972 SESAC FM Broadcaster of the Year for American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) and served as a producer/broadcaster until 1995. She continued to perform and narrate for the "Olde World Theatre" until just a few years ago.
Today Mrs. Folk enjoys participating in various activities with other residents and is always thinking about how she can contribute her skills to the betterment of others.
Meet Hoffman Harless, Resident of the Month at The Meadows
Meet the out-going, BIG teaser, Hoffman Harless. Hoffman recently moved to The Meadows after residing in our Harpeth Meadows Housing community.
Hoffman, has a "colorful" personality and never meets a stranger. I recently caught up with Hoffman and learned some interesting facts. For starters, he was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 8, 1927 and grew up there. After graduating from high school he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After serving his country he returned to Birmingham and attended Samford University on a G. I. scholarship. There he received a degree in U.S. History. After graduation, he taught high school history for several years. Most of his career was spent selling insurance.
He and his lovely, late wife, Martha Cathryn, met and were married in 1952. Hoffman was quick to express his wedding was large, but his life with Martha Cathryn, was even larger. Together they had two children, a son, who has passed away, and a precious daughter, Susan, who is the "apple of his eye". Hoffman has two grandsons, Patrick and Jordan, which he also speaks of fondly.
When asking about his hobbies, Hoffman expressed his love of history, poetry, golf, and travelling. When asked to share some his travels, with a smile Hoffman expressed that he has traveled all 50 states, been abroad to Italy, Germany, France, South America, Austria, New Zealand, and China.
If you're ever at The Meadows, look Hoffman Harless up. You won't regret it! His outgoing, larger than life personality, will put a BIG smile on your face. You will leave a richer person because Hoffman Harless will have brightened your day.
Congratulations, Hoffman Harless, on being selected as The Meadows Resident of the Month. We're grateful you're a part of The Meadows family.
Thomas Cook, Resident of the Month at The Meadows
Dr. Cook, as he is known at The Meadows, was born October 25, 1920 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Rufus and Ruth Cook. Tom's mother passed away three weeks after his birth so he went to live with his maternal grandparents, John B and Elizabeth Northcutt Kirk.
Tom married the late Edith Overall in 1947. He and his lovely wife had three children Ron (Peggy), Kathy (Barney) and David, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren - he proudly calls them the "apples of his eye".
As a boy, Tom loved music and played in the band while attending Central High. He graduated high school in 1932 and then attended Middle Tennessee State Teachers College for three years. After leaving school, he developed an interest in photography and began studying, via correspondence, with the New York Institute of Photography. Upon completing the course, Tom ran a photography business in the old James K. Polk Hotel, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. After 10 years, he decided he was ready to sell his business so that he could pursue preaching the gospel. He continued his education at Middle Tennessee State College where received his BA in English and Music. Later, Tom earned his Masters degree in English from Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville, Tennessee.
Tom preached his first sermon at the Clearview Church of Christ in Cottontown, TN on September 16, 1951. From there he preached in small churches around the country - including Riverdale Church of Christ in Dayton, Ohio, Neely's Bend Church of Christ in Madison, TN and at Brentwood Hills Church of Christ. He also preached in and around Rutherford county including New Zion Church of Christ in Midland, TN; Crescent Church of Christ and Mars Hill Church of Christ in Rucker, TN; Christiana Church of Christ and Fairfield Church of Christ in Bedford County. He finished up as a gospel preacher at 4th Avenue Church of Christ in Franklin where he also served as an elder.
In addition to preaching, Tom was an English Professor and Bible teacher at David Lipscomb University, serving as Dean of Students for four years. Upon his retirement, he worked at Davis-Kidd Books and at the bookstore at David Lipscomb University.
Tom stays active at The Meadows! He reads to the Bellevue Pre-School children who visit our residents, assists our Chaplain Dan Harless with religious activities, enjoys lunch outings with friends and currently is our official "President" of our Rocking Chair Club where he "meets and greets" those coming and going here at The Meadows.
Mary Lois Arnold, Resident of the Month
Meet Mary Lois Arnold, The Meadows' March resident of the Month and the newest member of the Centenarians Club! Mary Lois is one of four residents currently living at The Meadows who is 100 years old or more.
Mary Lois was born on a farm in Eagleville, Tennessee on March 1, 1916. She was an only child up until she was nine years old when a baby brother joined the family. Mary Lois was a doting older sister who loved her brother dearly.
She was the valedictorian of her high school class, sold turnip greens and tomatoes to earn money to attend Middle Tennessee State University and later Watkins School in Nashville. After graduation, Mary Lois traveled from Eagleville to Nashville via bus in search of a job and housing. After failed attempts at acquiring housing at The Nashville Christian Girl's Home and The YMCA, she eventually found shared living space in McGannon Hall, a residential housing facility at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Union Street.
She went to work at Commerce Union Bank - where she stayed for 27 years. Upon retiring from the bank, Mary Lois worked with the Mission Center at David Lipscomb College until it closed in the 1990s. During her time with the Mission Center, Mary Lois traveled on missions to several foreign countries including Africa, Australia, the Holy Land, New Guinea and New Zealand.
Those who worked with Mary Lois at Lipscomb spoke highly of her work ethic and commitment - many stating that "they had never known a more faithful worker". Mary Lois would do whatever was asked of her and many times, things that others would never do. She tackled computers when they were new and became proficient in the outreach program. It was said that Lois could find anything or anyone that was needed - even contacting the Pentagon on one occasion for the school!
There was mutual love and respect between the students at Lipscomb and Mary Lois. During her time at the school, she oversaw more than 120 apprentice missionaries and organized and conducted scores of campaigns - many of which she participated in, including trips to New Zealand.
Although she never married, family meant the world to her. Mary Lois doted over her five nieces and nephews and gave freely of her time, finances, and inspiration. She lived at Lakeshore Wedgewood in Nashville for several years before moving to The Meadows, where she still resides today.
Mary Lois is a giant among the saints as she is loved and admired by her friends at both Lipscomb and The Meadows. Join us in wishing Mary Lois a very Happy 100th Birthday!
Thanks to Becky Pardue, ADC Activity Director/Lakeshore Meadows for her contribution of this story.
Ruth Howell - The Meadows Resident of the Month
We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Mrs. Ruth Howell, who was recently honored as The Meadows' resident of the month. In addition to this special recognition, Mrs. Howell also has the distinguished honor of being one of three centenarians currently living at The Meadows and one of only approximately 50,000 living in the United States!
Ruth was born August 13, 1914 in Montgomery, Alabama to the parents of Henry H. and Minnie Lee Rae. She had three siblings - a sister, Edith and two brothers, Fred and Henry. Ruth met her husband Daniel, an Administrator in the Air Force, on a blind date. They married in 1941 and had two daughters, Jane and Barbara. Ruth worked as a clerk in the House of Representatives while in Montgomery. The Howell family lived in Germany, England and Washington, DC while her husband worked at the Pentagon.
Ruth has experienced a lot of change in her 101 years. She remembers traveling by horse & buggy, then railroad, car and eventually airplane. She recalls watching men walk on the moon from the television in her home and is amazed at the advancements in technology she has seen - including the computer and cell phones.
20 years ago, to the delight of her daughters, she moved north to Nashville to be closer to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren - purchasing a home in our very own Harpeth Meadows Independent Living Community. Ruth recently sold her home in Harpeth Meadows and moved into The Meadows, Assisted Living where she enjoys spending time with her friends.
When asked what the one thing she is most proud of in her life, Ruth said "taking care of her mother after her father's death" - a testament to a warm and caring lady. Ruth Howell is a true gem and we're proud to honor her as our resident of the month.
Resident of the Month: Ura Reeves Robinson
Ura Beatrice Reeves was born September 6, 1924 to Lera and John Reeves in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Ura grew up in Murfreesboro and graduated from Kittrell High School with long-time friend and Meadows resident, Edith Cook.
After high school, Ura attended Murfreesboro Business College. Upon graduation, she went to work for the Department of Education in Nashville. In 1944 Ura met the love of her life, Billy Robinson, while he was home on leave from the U.S. Navy and visiting relatives. They were married on November 25, 1944.
After marriage, Ura and Billy settled in Cannon County for six years where they had their two oldest children, Mike and Marian. Then the family moved to Nashville and settled in Donelson. Children, John and Greg, were added to complete the family. Ura resided in Donelson for 50 plus years. In fact, Ura lived at Lakeshore Heartland Housing community and was in long-term care before coming to The Meadows for skilled care where she ended up staying.
Ura was a "hands-on" mother and opted to be a stay-at-home mom and raise her children. She was very involved in her children's schools PTO programs. However, when her youngest child Greg was in high school, she decided to work out of the home. She worked for the University of Tennessee at Nashville for many years.
Ura is sharp-as-a-tack and an avid reader. In fact, she and life-time friend, Edith Cook love to visit the library, and share their books. She has lived a full life.
Ura and Bill had 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; she was also an active member at Donelson Church of Christ for many years.
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