Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Colette Ricard – Colette was born in the city of Lyon, France which is just a 2-hour train ride southwest of Paris. Lyon is the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and is known for its architecture, food and textiles. Lyon’s rich history dates back to 1536 when King Francois I declared Lyon the silk center of France with the city supplying fabrics to the court of King Louis XVI.
Given the history of the city where Colette was born, it’s not surprising that she’s been sewing for as long as she can remember. She’s also been cooking just as long. Growing up Colette helped in her parent’s grocery store where the family sold milk and homemade cheeses. The family store is where Colette first met her future husband, Roger, while he worked for her parents. Roger was born in the French Alps just about two miles away from Colette’s grandparent’s home. When Colette first set eyes on Roger she said, “This is the main I’m going to marry.” And she did.
In 1952, Roger moved from France to San Diego for a construction job. During this time he was also able to help Colette’s great-uncle on his farm. In 1955, Roger returned to Lyon and he and Colette were married when she was 19 ½-years-old.
The couple later moved to Pleasant Hill, California to be closer to their son. They now call Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill their home and have made new friends while living in the community, some from as far away as France – What a small world. Forever the seamstress, Colette still keeps her sewing machine handy in her apartment and works on various projects.
Interviewed by Wayne Volkar
Written by JC Paleja
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