by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident
Lively Linda Hopwood has a smiling, friendly face to be seen around Treemont. During the two years she has been here, Linda has assisted the activity department with many tasks, such as teaching ribbon embroidery in crafts and serving food and beverages at Treemont functions. Around the time of Hurricane Harvey, she helped organize donations from neighboring communities for clothing and supplies that new Treemont residents, placed here due to flooding, needed. Linda now works part time for the Activity Office: teaching knitting, showing movies and making popcorn on Monday nights, serving at the 3:30 Social Hour on Friday afternoons, and various other events like our recent Christmas Party.
Originally from New York state, Linda was born the first of four children in 1947. Her father was in the Army so the family relocated often. When he retired in 1961, they planted roots in New Jersey, where Linda went to high school and met her husband. After high school she began nursing school, and married after the first year. She then took a year off to have a child. Her husband was a history major in college and worked for International Harvester in New York after graduation.
When in New York they had their second child, a daughter. Linda then had her first job as a Registered Nurse at Vasser Brothers, Poughkeepsie. After their second child, the family moved to Albany, NY and Linda worked in Schenectady, NY on an external degree program, finishing 13 years later (there was no time limit on the degree). She then received her MRN as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.
But Linda loved arts and crafts. Her mother taught her to sew, and Linda took four years of sewing in high school home economics. She is creative and duplicates items now. Her oldest daughter is a graphics artist and does courtroom drawings for lawyers, as well as courtroom notebooks for jurors. She can paint, and do calligraphy as well. Her oldest daughter has one daughter of her own, and Linda’s youngest daughter has two boys and a girl.
Linda is a great fan of quilting and goes to the annual quilting shows. She went to the Quilt Show this year on November 11, and took photographs of the winning quilts. One of the outstanding quilts was Da Vinci’s The Last Supper! The artistic ability of the quilters was amazing.
Linda also loves to garden outside her apartment, and has planted azaleas and plumdegos, that are a periwinkle color. This year she will plant a yellow sun bell bush that likes to “spread out”.
Linda also likes music and reading. Some of her favorite authors are Katherine Cromwell, Nicholas Sparks and David Balducci. Linda sang in St. Cecilia’s choir for ten years, so religious music is her favorite.
Linda is a sparkling addition to the Treemont Activity Office, and the best part is that we get to share our friendship with her as a resident!
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.