Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Nancy Shvemar – Nancy was born March 17, 1938, in San Bernardino, California, to parents Gail and Dorothy Wilmuth. Her father was a captain of the police department’s animal control unit and her mother was a secretary at Nancy’s elementary school. Nancy had one sister, Judy.
Nancy earned her teaching degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, on the far western edge of the state. Nancy’s first teaching job was in Laguna Beach, where she taught Spanish and typing to a group of 33 first graders. She said it was challenging but wonderful, and living so close to the beach was an amazing experience. She and her fiancé, Jerry, then moved back to San Bernardino and Nancy taught at a school for underprivileged children. This teaching experience was far different from her first. She recalls providing the children with orange juice and vitamins to ensure they were getting all the nutrients they needed.
An experience Nancy truly treasures was the opportunity to spend three years in the Marshall Islands, on Kwajalein Atoll, beginning in 1973. The atoll is the landing location of ballistic missile tests conducted from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Jerry worked for a company called Global Associates, and Nancy was the secretary to the mission director for the ballistic missile program through the U.S. Department of Energy. Nancy recalls all the brilliant engineers and rocket scientists who lived on the atoll. The location of the Marshall Islands allowed them to visit Nancy’s parents in Hawaii, as well as spend time in Australia and New Zealand. Their two daughters, Becky and Julie, attended good schools there and, upon returning to the United States, were a grade level above their peers.
An avid reader, Nancy can often be found with a lengthy book. She has even published a children’s book called Two Very Different Cats. She loves listening to Broadway and jazz music. James Taylor is a favorite musician of hers. Her favorite movie is “The Sound of Music.” A huge fan of Mexican food, she’ll never turn down enchiladas. She enjoys an Italian tiramisu for dessert. Nancy describes herself as silly, loving, and happy. She most admires Mother Teresa, as she is, “beyond human, and incredibly important to all lives.” The thing Nancy likes most about living at Carlton Senior Living Davis is that “they take good care of me!”
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Written by Eric Demuth