Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Elsie Gabby – Elsie Jane (Bradbury) Gabby was born December 22, 1946 to parents Clara and Byron Bradbury. She has five younger siblings: Robert, Shirley, David, Sharon, and Brian. Her family home was in Johnson City, New York, a rural village along the New York/Pennsylvania border. She has wonderful memories of her childhood. Johnson City is “kind of a country town” and they spent lots of time outdoors and lived in a wonderful, big house. She enjoyed climbing trees and eating popsicles with her friends. She fondly remembers another friend who would bring her oranges. Elsie and her siblings were close until she moved away from New York.
Elsie attended Union-Endicott High School in the neighboring town of Endicott. Her favorite subjects were math and English. After high school she studied nursing at the Binghamton Hospital School; she had known since she was a child that she wanted to become a nurse. She got her first nursing job at Ideal Hospital in Endicott.
During the Vietnam War, Elsie and a friend decided to join the U.S. Air Force together. She served ten years, three months, and a few days. She entered at the rank of First Lieutenant and had earned the rank of Captain by the time she left. She was stationed in California but also spent time in Italy for flight nurse training. Flight nurses are trained to provide medical care during air travel. They keep patients stable until the aircraft arrives at a healthcare facility.
After she left the military Elsie continued in her nursing career. She moved to Davis, California 25 years ago, when she got a nursing job at Sutter Davis Hospital. She retired from Sutter about 10 years ago. She moved to Carlton Davis in November 2018.
She and her late ex-husband, John Gabby, had two children together: John III and Kathleen. She has five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She likes animals and has had several cats and dogs over the years.
Here at Carlton Senior Living Davis, Elsie enjoys the friendly employees and residents. She is a frequent activity attendee; her favorite activities are Jeopardy and bean bag baseball. Her favorite movie is Dune, a 1984 science fiction film based on the novel of the same name. She loves Irish music and the scent of lilac. Her favorite food is fried shrimp. Her favorite dessert is classic cheesecake, with a little fruit on top.
Elsie is very grateful for all the educational and career training that she has had throughout the years; this remains her favorite life experience. Her philosophy is to “plan one or two days in advance.” She suggests that others “be honest with what they feel.” She describes herself as kind, patient, and friendly. She most admires her mother—her mom was her rock and she and Elsie were always very close.
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Written by Ben Slade, Resident Liaison at Carlton Senior Living Davis