Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Doris Varner – Doris was born in 1926 in Dallas, Texas to Gladys Wiedebusch and Milton Reynolds. She was married to Samuel Varner for 44 years until his passing in 1988. The couple had 5 daughters together named Beth, Mona, Susan, Ann and Kay. Doris describes herself as a person who loves to volunteer and help others, a loving mother, and also a person who enjoys animals. Her favorite volunteer experience was working with children in the hospital, a role she filled for 22 years. Doris enjoys having her meals in the dining room at Carlton Senior Living Concord with her friends and not having to cook on her own anymore.
The most influential people in her life are her parents because they were always there for her when she needed it and taught her well. She likes sweet scents and soft music. You may be surprised to know how healthy she is at her age and she’s enjoying it. Also, Doris has a collection of dolls that she made herself. When she was growing up she enjoyed family time especially playing with her three brothers and the freedom that existed in those times. Her proudest moment is having children and seeing how supportive they are. While her kids were in high school she loved going to see them perform in the school band.
The most historically significant event she experienced was John F. Kennedy’s assassination. She vividly recalls this tragedy because her husband, Samuel, was the sergeant of the police department at the time and was responsible for helping get Ms. Kennedy to safety. Doris recalls that the JFK assassination showed us the importance of unity. She admires Queen Elizabeth and Angela Lansbury because they are women who are aging well and have proven that it does not matter what age you are, you can still contribute to society. Doris feels that these women represent healthy aging in so many important ways. She hopes one day this country will have peace and one of her biggest hopes is that the entire world will one day have peace and everyone will be able to get along. Doris would like to be remembered as a person who loved helping other and as a giving person.
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Written by Melissa Alvarez