Congratulations to Lolita, our Oaks Senior Living February Resident of the Month!
Proud of her roots, Lolita told us she was and raised on a beautiful wheat farm in Kansas. She was one of seven children, five girls, and two boys. Growing up, her family tended a garden and raised several pigs, cows, and chickens. Her family had a pony that lived to be a phenomenal 31 years old. She said that the pony took her and her siblings to school every day. Her family faithfully attended church every Sunday, and she remembers the days when she would help can food, although this wasn’t her favorite thing to do. One of her favorite childhood memories was winning a 4-H contest and being able to attend summer camp.
Sports have always held a special place in Lolita’s heart. In high school, she played tennis and softball. During football season, she always roots for the Georgia Bulldogs until they play Florida State, then she roots for her Florida team.
Lolita was married for seven years and had three boys before becoming a widow. She then met her late husband of 39 years, and they had one boy and one girl. She was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest was old enough to work as a clerk in department stores. Her favorite memories of working were when she worked at Belk, and she was able to accessorize customers after they bought a new dress.
Raising their children in Orlando, Florida, Lolita and her husband lived in their house for 45 years before moving with her daughter to North Carolina. While her children were in school; she became close to 3 other mothers who were tennis players, and they became competitive with one another. Lolita and her husband were in a couple’s bowling league for seven years. She was in a women's bowling league as well and enjoyed it very much.
Sewing is one of Lolita’s passions. She has made many items, from clothes to dollies and curtains. After moving to North Carolina, Lolita became interested in quilting as well. She still does it from time to time, when she has a chance to enjoy it. Lolita currently heads up our community's pillow project, in which we make pillows for cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy!
After moving from Texas to the Oaks at Pooler a year ago, Lolita has become one of our Resident Ambassadors. When new elders move in, she is one of the first elders to welcome them and make them feel at home. She is very outgoing and gets along with all of the residents at Oaks. Whether she is at Oaks or with her children, Lolita says she is always trying to stay active.
Playing Bingo is one of Lolita’s favorite things to do. She frequently plays games with her fellow community members and has also taught a few residents how to play Skip-Bo. When she’s spending time with her kids, she loves to play games like Skip-Bo and Scrabble with them.
Not a native of Savannah, Lolita has stated she likes to be able to visit different places and learn about Savannah. Because she can’t always be traveling, she loves to stay in contact with her friends from North Carolina and Texas as well!
We want to thank Lolita for sharing her incredible story with us and we’re proud to have her as a resident!