Resident Spotlight – Olga Kempton

My name is Olga Kempton and I was born on October 26, 1924, in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. My family and I used to live in the suburbs of Whitinsville and I was the older sister to my two brothers, Walter and Johnny. My father worked as a mechanic at the local textile mills and my mother operated part of our home in the suburbs as a boarding house. In my adolescent years, I played with friends picked blueberries and helped mother with the house.

Olga Kempton, Carlton Senior Living Spotlight ResidentI began my nursing career at Mills Memorial Hospital and joined the Army Nursing Corp during WWII when many nurses joined the military and left overseas. The nursing Corp took me to California where I decided to remain. I attended VC San Francisco and graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from UC Berkeley. I then spent many years as a school nurse for the Fremont Unified School District and then became a public health nurse for Alameda County.

I was married to my beloved Donald for many years. We had no children but have 5 nieces who live in different parts of the country. I have many close friends including Janet, Emily, Jim, Lupe, Danielle and Nancy and many more.

In my early retirement years, I was very active with the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA) serving in many positions as well as president. I also volunteered in the voting polls every year and ushered for Chabot College Performing Arts Center for many years. After actually retiring Donald and I traveled and I have seen every state and have visited many countries. I was 91 when I took my last trip with my good friends Gerry and Donna to South America. I love to keep in touch with all of my friends and family and my favorite sweet is dark chocolate. I am settling in at Carlton Senior Living San Leandro and am already making new friends.

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