Our resident spotlight on Abbie!
“I was born 1/19/1923 in a country farm home in Espyville, Pa, which was owned by my grandparents.
We stayed on the farm until I was 3 and then moved to Harbor Creek, Pa., where I lived until I married my husband, Harold, in 1943. I followed him to pursue the Lord's work, preaching at four churches over a span of 37 years, until his death in 1980,” Abbie recalled.
Abbie attended business school at Bob Jones College in Cleveland, TN., from 1940-1941, and later attended night classes at the University of Georgia from 1963-1964, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.
Following her time at UGA, Abbie directed Kindergarten for nine years at Buford Highway Baptist Church in Gwinnett County and also taught summer camp for girls while raising her four beautiful children: Jeannie (72), Sam (68), Jim (67), and Paul (65). Her children blessed her with 12 grandchildren, followed by 23 great-grandchildren, and 4 great, great-grandchildren.
Outside of her family, Abbie says the biggest achievement in life was taking on the role of being her husband's helper, loving people, and trusting that the Lord had a plan for her, and to just follow him. After her husband's passing, Abbie took on a variety of jobs, including Kilpatrick Shoe's with her son, Paul, in Norcross, Ga; Sales at Parson's Department Store in Duluth; Sales at Herman Miller in Norcross; Photography for church directories; Ceramics, wholesale and retail; and finally, designing greeting cards from home.
After a neck injury resulting from a fall in February 2015, Abbie acknowledged that she needed a lifestyle change, for the sake of her well-being. From there she decided to move into Oaks at Braselton.
When asked "Why Oaks Senior Living?' Abbie responded by saying, "I had visited a neighbor, Joe, 2-3 years ago at this community. While I visited, I pictured myself someday fitting into such an environment. I noted how Oaks at Braselton has a warm, home-like atmosphere and that staff exhibits a concerned feeling for the residents.
It has been quite easy to make friends, and gradually we became family.
Oaks Senior Living meets my health and social needs through a variety of activities, as well as, having a Christian emphasis to encourage us during our aging. The best thing about it is that the staff all show concern for each resident. The facilities are aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and homey. I can focus on making friends while someone else worries about ‘what we'll have for lunch.' I look forward to living at Oaks at Braselton, enjoying the atmosphere, sitting fireside reading the newspaper and attending musical performances for years to come!"