Treemont Retirement Blog

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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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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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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Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Fred and Marion Jinkins


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jul 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Fred and Marion Jinkins

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

He was BOI (born on Galveston Island) - she was born in the north Duluth, Minnesota.  On the surface, they couldn’t be more different. He is aesthetically inclined, while she is athletically inclined.  He taught art, she taught gym classes.  But when you delve deeper, you find that they go together like bread and butter. Their talents complement one another: he paints portraits; she takes the photographs from which he paints them. It’s no wonder that Fred and Marion Jinkins have been happily married for 55 years!

In 1939 Fred's family was transferred to the Panama Canal.  During WWII they moved every 14 months – to Key West, Florida, Washington D.C., Ft. Myers, and a variety of other military bases.  Fred's mothers' husband was a West Point graduate and thus served in the service during WWII.  Fred returned to Galveston in 1948-1955 after the war and worked for a shipping company.  After that he went into real estate, then into printing, and opened a restaurant before answering his life's calling,

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Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Kathy Samford


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 23, 2018 9:23:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Kathy Samford

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

With a melody in her voice and a merry smile and laugh, resident Kathy Samford has greeted those she does not know since she moved into the Treemont last December.  Born in 1954 in Austin, Texas, Mary Katherine Samford moved to Houston in 1975 and has lived in the city since then.

Her sister Jodie Dornak (married to Steve Dornak) and Jodie's daughter Julianne are close to Kathy.  (Julianne's sister Jennifer lives in Friendswood. Texas.)  Kathy, Jodie, Julianne and husbands belong to Second Baptist Church on Woodway, and frequent services, Bible study, volunteering, pageants and other programs there.  Last month Kathy sang a solo in the hymn, "Because He Lives" during a play at the church and received a standing ovation! 

At home at the Treemont, Kathy enjoys many activities, like Zumba, Tai Chi, foreign language

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Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Katherine Suttill


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 26, 2018 9:50:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Katherine Suttill

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!

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Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Penny Johnson


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 19, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Penny Johnson

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

 

With a pretty-eyed smile and an open-heart, resident Barbara ‘Penny’ Johnson - so nick-named by her husband Kenneth - greets her new neighbors at Treemont.  Penny's advice to all: meet new people, remember their names, and really get to know them.  It’s the motto she has lived by all her life, and it’s served her well! 

 

Penny was born Barbara Pennnington in Wauneta, Nebraska and grew up in a farming community.  She signed up for a Methodist Youth conference in Cleveland, Ohio in the winter of her senior year in High School 1979.  There were 10,000 young people attending, and it was there that she met Kenneth Johnson, her husband-to-be.  After that, Penny went to college and Kenneth was teaching.  In Penny's sophomore year, she and Kenneth were married at the end of May. Penny finished college and taught 4th grade for 3 years.  

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Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Libby Davis


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 29, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Libby Davis

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

We have in our midst an up and coming literary author, just beginning her exciting, busy and successful career with a new series of children's collection of books.  The first in the series, The Tale of Fredrica the Fox, was recently published by resident Libby Davis, whose advice to friends and fellow residents is "Follow your dreams always, no matter how old you are."  Those with hidden talents should take note because Libby's book is not only carefully written, but brilliantly planned to lead a cause for preservation of the wilderness and the wildlife inhabiting it.  It may be simply written for a child to understand but has great bearing on a subject that most of us are not aware of or would think matters at all.  Only a kind and gentle spirit like Libby could

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Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Betty Terry


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 21, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Betty Terry

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

We make new friends throughout our lives, and new resident Betty Terry is adjusting to a whole new way of life as well. Upon seeing her glowing smile and meeting her, one would never guess the disastrous ordeal she has recently been through.  She already has the Christmas spirit, with her walker decorated with red and green décor; and her warm, merry personality is inviting and memorable.

Betty came through Hurricane Harvey after being rescued, and spent 3 days at the George R. Brown Center before her daughter discovered where she was.  She then spent a month with her granddaughter in Kingwood before her daughter found Treemont to be her new residence.  Even though her new apartment here is very small and she has always been a homeowner, she says she plans to stay here and make the Treemont her new home.

Betty and her (third) husband Art moved into their home in Bellaire in

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Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Bette Keating


Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 24, 2018 8:21:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Bette Keating

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

For some it runs in the family, for others it is inherited, and still others they are born with it. In Bette Keating's case, all three apply.  That is, when it comes to education.

Bette was born in Houston and grew up on Jocelyne Street off Lawndale.  She attended HISD and Stephen F. Austin. Her Dad was in the cattle business and after class, she kept the books for him.   Bette met Robert Keating at the University of Houston when they shared a science lab together.  They made a great team working with monkeys they named Strawberry and Banana!  Bette also helped Bob with calculus so he earned his Master and Doctorate Degrees in Science.  Bette received her

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