Treemont Retirement Blog

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Bobbie Fellers


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 10, 2019 9:13:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Bobbie Fellers

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Pleasantly smiling resident Bobbie Fellers is a happy, satisfied Treemont keeper.  She and her husband Reverend Doctor John E. Fellers (Methodist) were both born in Houston and met at the same childhood church.  After growing up, they saw each other again, dated and married.  They had 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grand babies.  The family all lives close by.  John passed 12 years ago, and Bobbie moved into an apartment, then to Treemont, where she is very pleased!

Bobbie volunteered at church, supporting her husband in his ministry.  While they were at St. Paul’s Methodist church on Main Street here in Houston (next to the Museum of Fine Arts), Bobbie also had a travel agency.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Charles Stephens


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 31, 2019 10:34:09 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Charles Stephens

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

We have many residents at Treemont with talent and great happenings and achievements in their lives, but newbie Charles Stephens can claim fame in show business.  A talented singer and pianist, Charles was also a well-known name in radio in his home town Kansas City, Missouri, at KPRS Broadcasting Corp.; New York City and Washington D.C.  He was both a disc jockey and recording artist, appearing with his band, the Skylarks, in night clubs and other live gigs, like the small Madison Square Garden in NYC, where fans came to hear them and dance.

The Skylarks are all seniors now, and have lost touch, but Charles continues to play piano, though he no longer sings due to his recent open-heart surgery at the Michael E. DeBakey

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Arden Thornton


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Arden Thornton

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

There were many residents who came to Treemont due to Hurricane Harvey.  When the City declared her neighborhood as a boat ramp for boats to rescue dogs and people, Arden Thornton had to leave.  She came to Treemont before the storm ended and was taken in as a tenant, and provided the necessities she needed through an emergency donation program here in the activity department.  She smiled when the volunteers outfitted her with new clothes, and said, “They all match!”  Since then Arden has become a pleasant addition to our community.  She decided to sell her home and make our senior living in Houston community her permanent residence, though she plans to travel to Europe extensively in the future.

Arden was born in Orlando, Florida. She attended Florida State University, majoring in French and Spanish, and minoring in music and education. 

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Charles Revilla


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 1, 2019 12:35:56 PM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Charles Revilla

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Handsome resident Charles Revilla is a coal miner’s son, born July 6, 1926 in Imboden, Virginia.  His father quit mining when he got married in Rose Hill, Va. and tried farming, but was not fond of the profession.  Nor was he happy with Ford’s Detroit industries he tried, so he returned to Imboden as a coal miner.   His father retired at 65 years old and had many stories to tell about mining, including a close call he had when a rock roof collapsed, killing his partner. 

Needless to say, Charles chose a different career path, with the aid of the U.S. Navy during WWII.  He was drafted, served from 1944-46 and had experience with atomic bomb testing at Bikini lagoon in the Pacific.  The great thing about serving in the Navy was his eligibility for college on the GI bill, although he worked for his father in the timber yard outside the coal mine immediately after leaving the service.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Lois McCall


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 25, 2019 9:10:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Lois McCall

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Always pleasant, smiling and beaming with joy, Lois McCall glides through Treemont in her power chair on her way to the dining room, activities or to meet a friend.  She always acknowledges those who speak or simply offer her a smile.  After residing at Treemont for 10 years, she knows many people and has many friends through her volunteer work here.  Lois leads the Monday afternoon Bible Study class in the Green Room and began the “Meet Your Neighbor at Treemont” articles, which yours truly now writes due to Lois’ busy schedule.  Originally, she thought it would be a nice idea if residents knew each other, and how right she was!

Editors  note: Click here to view a story about Ms. McCall in the Houston Chronicle. Lois has also written about the Top 10 Reasons Residents Chose Treemont

We all have a story to tell, including Lois, who was born in Dallas, TX and raised by a single mom, who was a woman of strong faith.  Lois describes her as “big as a minute, strong as an ox and stubborn as an army mule.”  She was so certain that Lois should go to Baylor

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Carmin Cleavenger


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 27, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor:  Carmin Cleavenger

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Always sweet and smiling is the platinum, curly haired Carmin Cleavenger. Outwardly, she is friendly and fun-loving, but her true spirit is helpful, patient and kind; her life story explains both sides.

Carmin was an only child, born in Dallas, Texas on the day after Thanksgiving, December 1, 1933 (Thanksgiving’s date was changed during WWII).  She was 8 years old on Pearl Harbor Day December 7, 1941 and remembers WWII. Carmin still remembers the line, “day of Infamy.”  Her dad, who had been in WWI, signed-up for WWII, so Carmin swam in the officers’ family pool.

But when Carmin was 6 years old, her friends teased her that one day she would someday become a teacher – mainly because she was already teaching them!  She attended and graduated from Incarnate Word High School and had 2 years of college at Incarnate Word College.  She then finished at Georgetown with a major in Christianity and minor in Philosophy.  She went back to the University of Houston

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Sherry Taylor


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 13, 2019 11:14:45 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor:  Sherry Taylor

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Smiling, friendly and talkative Sherry Taylor has lived at our senior living Houston community about one year with her cute little chihuahua dog, Eve, as Treemont is pet-friendly.  She loves the food and the friends she has made in such a short time; after living on her own, she moved here after a bad ankle break that required surgery. She has completely recovered now, but is so impressed by Treemont Retirement Community and all it has to offer, that she has decided to relax, retire and enjoy herself.  And why not?

 

Born in Oklahoma in April, 1952 makes Sherry one of our “Baby Boomer” population.  Sherry’s father was transferred to Brown & Root’s Houston location while she was growing up.  Sherry took part in the Distributive Education program at Austin Senior High School here in Houston, attending classes half days and beauty college half days.  She passed her State Board and received her beauty license when she was age sixteen, and worked 45+ years as a hairdresser.

Sherry worked at “Hair Tamers” in Alvin, which was a unisex salon/barber shop combined.  She did housewives’ hair mostly, along with men’s, and even cut Nolan Ryan’s hair!

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Linda Hopwood


Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor:  Linda Hopwood

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

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Barbara Morgan


Posted by Lisa Witt on Dec 29, 2018 8:50:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor:  Barbara Morgan

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Lovely lady Barbara Morgan had no doubt in her mind when it came time to retire that she wanted to come to Treemont because she had friends who lived here.  Because she is outgoing and had already visited before, being a newbie for her was easy and she quickly made more friends.  She said she thinks now that she definitely made the right decision.

A native Texan, Barbara was born in 1935 in Noonday, Texas, a small town just outside Tyler.  Due to lack of employment opportunities in Noonday, she and her family moved to Houston when Barbara was five.  Her father worked for Carnation Milk Company.  Barbara attended George Washington Elementary School in the Heights.  She later graduated from Reagan High School and occasionally took college courses in both business and art.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Carolyn Korkmas


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 25, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Carolyn Korkmas

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Treemont has had so many talented newbies since Hurricane Harvey, and Carolyn Korkmas is no exception.  Her specialty is writing, which she does with a flare, and includes research and colorful description to delight her readers.  Perhaps this is why Carolyn chose it as a college major, as well as a career; but her love of writing began at the age of 10 when she had 100 pen pals!

Carolyn, a native Texan, was born in Greenville, TX., then later moved to Dallas and McKinney.  She attended the University of North Texas and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science and English. Later she received her Master’s Degree in Library Science, specializing in law from the University of Denver.  She then began her career in the law departments of oil companies, mainly Shell Oil, where she retired.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor