Meet Lucy Day, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Louise “Lucy” Day was born January 26, 1943 to parents Mary and Jim Day. Louise was born at Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She has two siblings—one older sister, Donna, and one younger brother, Jim. She, Donna, and Jim are still very close. They enjoy having dinner, going on walks, and seeing movies together. Her favorite childhood memories revolve around the family cabin in Bayfield, Ontario, on Lake Huron. She enjoyed watching the lake from the lookout tower. She and her siblings also loved climbing up and down the cliffs, despite the poison ivy that grew on them!
Lucy grew up in the Detroit area. For a time, they lived in Pleasant Ridge, about a mile from the Detroit Zoo. They visited the zoo often; one time she even got to ride a tortoise! Later they moved to Grosse Pointe, where Lucy attended middle and high school. Her favorite subjects were science and English. When she was a kid, she wanted to become either a journalist or a biographer.
After high school, Lucy went to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She moved to California in 1964. She and a friend drove out to spend the summer in San Francisco; Lucy worked as a flower seller on a street corner and for the Bancroft Whitney Publishing Company. She then moved down to Long Beach, where she took a job as a first-grade teacher. After two years in California, she moved back to Ann Arbor and took a job directing a preschool.
Lucy then moved to London, where she spent a year teaching special needs children. She loved living in London; she fondly recalls that it was a very cultured place to live. She then moved to Milan, Italy, and taught English for two years. After her time abroad, she moved back to the U.S. She worked as a matchmaker for Big Brothers in Costa Mesa, California for four years, matching children in the program with mentors. She moved to Davis, California around 1980; she purchased a house and decided to make it her permanent home.
Lucy’s life philosophy is to maintain curiosity. She also strives for equanimity, or composure and even temperedness. She loves turn of the century classical music, especially works from composers Jean Sibelius and Dmitri Shostakovich. Her favorite movie is “Gone with the Wind.” She loves casseroles and lemon meringue pie. Her favorite scent is salt water. She loves being outside and looking up at the stars. Here at Carlton Senior Living Davis, she appreciates how kind, positive, and upbeat the employees are. Lucy most admires her father; he had a good sense of humor and cared about doing the right thing.
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Written by Ben Slade, Resident Liaison at Carlton Senior Living Davis