by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident
A third generation Houstonian, fifth generation Texan, Katherine Suttill is definitely a local Southern belle! Her family, the Burgies have a place in the Houston Historical Society with two homes, one in the Heights and 18th Street and the other, a green and yellow painted house with a turret on top, on Fannin nicknamed The Witches Hat.
Katherine attended River Oaks, Lamar and Lanier schools and her family owned the Burgie Manufacturing Co. The Burgie family was one of Houston's first founding families.
Her great-great-great-great grandmother's family, the Kennedys came from Ireland to New York and traveled by wagon train to Taylor, Texas. From Taylor to Blalock Dr. they brought horses to Houston and everybody rode!
Katherine loves to ride also. She used to ride quarter-horses in New Orleans and loves eating and cooking Cajun dishes, like crawfish specialties and fixes a delish red beans and rice. Her whole family loves to cook.
But Katherine's love today is her art. She attended art courses in Dallas when she was young while her brother was on scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her dream now is to paint her family and her beloved Suki, her long-haired black and red, seven-year-old dachshund. (Katherine gets very excited about family and pets!)
While living at Del Webb last September, Katherine's husband of thirty-six years, Ronald, passed. They both said they did not believe in "love at first sight," but for these two it was! Katherine was working at Thomas Cook Travel Agency and Ronald's secretary asked if someone could come and voila! A match made in heaven! Katherine was a Certified Travel Consultant and Thomas Cook serviced Humble Oil, Superior Oil, Roy Huffington and other large corporations. Ronald was born in England and his daughter still lives there. Katherine misses him so now and chose to move here from Del Webb. She has been here less than two weeks and can't wait to make this her new home and start painting!
Being a resident for less than two weeks, Katherine is already getting to know the residents and scheduled activities, and though she is still unpacking and getting oriented to Treemont, she greets both residents and staff with her pleasant, polite and bubbly personality. Katherine definitely is a wonderful new friend to meet!
If you enjoyed meeting your Houston assisted living neighbor, then click here to meet more residents of this dynamic independent living in Houston community. There is much documentation on the value of social interaction and friendships in keeping seniors happy and content. Active Activities Programs are key to resident happiness in senior living in Houston communities. Seniors want to live with interesting and engaging residents. At Treemont, from concert pianist Ann Wang, to Nelda Sims of the Sims Trio and also Wilma Carr and Lillian Lee, residents enjoy in-house entertainment, and meeting new neighbors with whom to engage and share their new community. Please make sure you ask about the residents and the activities for seniors programs when you tour senior living Houston TX communities.