Monthly Archives: September 2012

Love Blooms in Lancaster

Over the years, we’ve seen many relationships bloom at Merrill Gardens. When two of our residents, Trudy and Daniel met – sparks flew!

How Did Trudy & Daniel meet?

Since moving in to Merrill Gardens, their paths crossed in the dining room from time to time. One day, Trudy asked Daniel if he would like to join her for her morning walks. He said yes, and the pair have been together ever since.

About the Couple: Trudy moved to the community in November of 2011 and Daniel Garcia moved in May of 2011.

Trudy and Daniel have decided to becoming life partners, and are enjoying life together at Merrill Gardens with their little dog Buddy.

We wish Trudy & Daniel many years of happiness together at Merrill Gardens!

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Happy 100th Birthday Caroline!

Caroline is celebrating her 100th birthday at Canyon Lakes!

Carolina has been living at our Canyon Lakes community in Kennewick, WA for over 15 years and we’ve been lucky to have her! The third of six children, Caroline was born in Glendale, California in 1912. She attended UCLA with aspirations of becoming a teacher, but left school to marry her husband, Bill.

Caroline has one daughter, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

(Caroline on her honeymoon on Catalina Island)

When asked what she believes is the greatest invention of her lifetime, Caroline answered, “Oh boy! There’s a lot of things, but the automobile was the best. You didn’t have to ride on a horse anymore.”

Happy Birthday Caroline – we wish you the best and many years to come!

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Wrapping Up Summer

Summer may be winding down but the fun continues at Merrill Gardens! Take a look at all the fun times the residents at our communities have enjoyed…everything from beach trips to motorcycle rides.

Here are some of our favorite summer memories from our communities!

Sea Cliff Beach BBQ – Village Green (Gilroy, CA)

Pajama Bingo Party – Village Green (Gilroy, CA)

BBQ at Sea Cliff State Beach in August. (Manteca, CA)

Western Hoe Down (Mountlake Terrace Plaza, WA)

Olympic Week! Citrus Heights (CA)

A visit to Mt. St. Helens! – Creekside (Woodinville, WA)

A summer luau! (Woodinville, WA)


A visit from Christian Motorcycling Club! – (Mesa, AZ)

Though the summer is almost over, we’re left with many fond memories. To stay updated on our activities throughout the fall, connect with us on Facebook.

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A Weekend In Leavenworth

We love travel and so do our residents. Recently, three of our Washington communities went on a weekend getaway!

Our communities at Renton, Island House and The University all packed up, hopped the Merrill Gardens bus, and took a weekend long trip to Leavenworth, Washington.

We stayed at the Enzian Inn, in the center of downtown Leavenworth and enjoyed a weekend of shopping and fine dining.

The highlight of the weekend was The Sound of Music performance in Leavenworth’s very own outdoor theater!  Everyone had a great time and the show was amazing.  After the show, we even had the opportunity to meet the cast.  At the end of the show, Maria, Captain Vontrap & Mother Superior came down for picture time with everyone.

As the weekend concluded, we were left with fond memories and many happy photos.

Cheers to a great weekend everyone!

To keep up with Merrill Gardens and our activities, visit our Facebook page.

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Merrill Garden’s Movie Premiere!

You may have heard the buzz about Merrill Gardens and the Old Goats Movie Premiere. We had 20 communities from all over Washington represented and some even came as far as 2 hours away!

The gang had a blast and we left the day with tons of smiles and so many great photos.

Today, we have even more great footage to show you. Check out our video from the Old Goat’s movie premiere here!

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Happy 102nd Birthday Phyllis!

What a special day for one of our community members at The Manor
at Canyon Lakes, a Merrill Gardens Community in Kennewick, WA!

Phyllis - Happy Birthday

Phyllis Bailey celebrates a big birthday turning 102! Phyllis has lived at Canyon Lakes for more than 12 years.

When asked what her secret to a long life is, she answered, “After 100 there’s no secret…  just luck!”

Phyllis - Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Phyllis! We wish you the best and a very happy birthday!

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