This month, Oaks Senior Living is highlighting one an exceptional resident, Betty! Betty sat down with us for a few minutes and told her story for us to share with residents!
Betty was born and raised in the small town of Evansville, Indiana. In 1951, she married her high school sweetheart, Gene, and the adventure began. For the next five years, they lived in San Antonio, Texas and had two beautiful children. Gene then signed on with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in the International division and their lives changed.
The first assignment that Gene was given was in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The wife of the controller at the company taught Betty about proper British etiquette (when to wear white gloves, how to have a proper high tea, etc.). The family later moved to Manila, Philippines. In the next three years, Betty attended the Manila University for Women and proudly attained a bachelor's degree!
From the Philippines, the family was then sent to Betune, France. Betty's children, Eric and Tina, had classes taught only in French, so Betty taught them courses in English on Saturdays. The last overseas post that Gene was assigned was in Santiago, Chile. It was supposed to be for five years, but the communist government came after one year and nationalized everything. After this occurred, Americans were asked to leave immediately, and the couple moved back to the United States.
Betty and Gene finally got a long-term assignment in Nashville, Tennessee. It was their home for the next forty years, with Gene retiring after a long and rewarding career in 1987.
Betty excelled at several jobs that she had in Nashville. In 1990, she was appointed assistant chancellor for the Diocese of Nashville. In that capacity, she managed the pension fund for the diocese. Betty shared that she never expected to lead the cosmopolitan life she led but says she has had a great life. She finally retired in 2000 and came to live in Albany, Georgia in 2013 so she could be closer to her family.
We want to thank Betty for sharing her story with us, and we congratulate her on being Oaks Senior Living’s Resident of the Month!