Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Darla Bartolomei – In English, the meaning of the name Darla is Darling from the Old English “dearling” a true word that best describes our very own Darla. Her upbeat and magnetic personality always brings excitement to others lives.
She was born April 7, 1938, in Martinez, California to an English father and Canadian mother. Darla’s father worked for Shell Oil Company for forty-two years. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom whom Darla and her sister had the best of childhood memories that kept them very happy.
In 1959, Darla started her career as a Special Education Aid teaching and helping children with special needs. She loved this career very much and considered it as the highlight of her life and career which spanned almost twenty-five years.
Darla and her husband met in Martinez, California and both shared their love for traveling and visited many states in a 30-ft. trailer. They visited Canada, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado to name a few. Darla is always proud to share the beauty of these places and will always keep these precious memories.
When Darla retired, she continued to pursue her passion of teaching kids six to twelve years old and opened up her own tutoring business in her home. She enjoyed helping the students with their homework and school projects. In the summer Darla’s dedication for teaching and helping kids continued on when she worked as assistant manager for a private campground in Calaveras County.
Darla loves sports and played bocce ball for many years. She’s also a Giants and Warriors fan and enjoys reading and listening to music. She has three wonderful daughters, two special son-in-laws, three grandsons and three great-grandchildren.
Darla lived in Martinez for 76 years and is considered one of the pioneers of the area. When her husband passed away in 2005, she decided to stay close and found her second home here at Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill in 2015. She’s enjoyed her stay here from day one and finds the staff to be great people. This is the kind of living she had hoped for and is enjoying it every day.
Always happy, always smiling, Darla is truly a darling!
Written by Marivi Qually
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