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Carlton Senior Living | June 7, 2021 | By Denee Coleman

Resident Spotlight – Margaret Paul of Carlton Davis

Carlton Senior Living Resident, Margaret Paul

Margaret poses with Miriam, Carlton Davis’ Executive Director.

Margaret Boyd Paul was born on May 12, 1922. She grew up in Flat River (now Park Hills), Missouri. Margaret recalls not having running water or electricity as a young girl. Her parents, Finis and Mary Ann, had eight children together; Margaret was the second youngest. Her father worked at St. Joe Minerals in the lead mines.

After graduating from Flat River Junior College, Margaret met her future husband, John Paul. They were introduced by Margaret’s best friend, Katie; Katie was married to John’s brother, Ted. They married in 1944, while John was in the service, and lived happily together for 65 years. In the early years of their marriage, Margaret was an elementary school teacher. They lived in various places, including Abilene, Texas, and New Haven, Connecticut. In 1948 they moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where John taught speech and drama at Phoenix Community College until the 1980s.

Margaret and John raised two sons, Alan and David. She was involved in hosting and attending many social events in her community, often involving Phoenix College faculty.  Much of her social life centered around Bridge – an activity she enjoyed for decades. Margaret was an avid tennis player in the Phoenix area from the 1960s until the 1990s, occasionally traveling to doubles tournaments as far away as El Paso, Texas. Margaret also worked as an election poll worker for many years in Phoenix. She is a competitive but not too serious Scrabble player.

Margaret moved to Davis in 2015 to be closer to her sons, who both live in Northern California. Prior to moving here, Margaret lived with her sister Betty in Phoenix. Although Betty now lives in Duluth, Minnesota, they are still in close contact.

Margaret has a cheerful attitude and a good sense of humor. Her favorite thing about Carlton Senior Living Davis is the excellent care she receives. She also appreciates the live musical performances that often accompany happy hour.

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