Monthly Archives: February 2013

Mystery Trip – Last Resort Fire Department Museum

Over the last few months, our communities across the country have taken a variety of fun trips!

Last month, Merrill Gardens at Queen Anne (Seattle, WA) went on a “Mystery Trip”. Prior to the trip, the residents had no idea where they were going! The trip took them into the heart of Seattle – to the Last Resort Fire Department Museum in Pioneer Square.


About The Last Resort Fire Department Museum
On July 12th, 2008, in conjunction with the 2008 Pioneer Square Fire Festival, a new fire museum was created in Seattle when the Last Resort Fire Department moved a portion of its collection of apparatus and artifacts into Seattle Fire Department Headquarters in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square.  The station, built in 1928, is a four-story, ten-bay facility, that for eighty years, had been the home of both Seattle Fire Department Headquarters and Fire Station #10.

They had a fun day looking at the trucks and learning more about the fire department’s past and present. Here are a few shots from the day!

Our residents can not wait for next month’s “Mystery Trip!” Where do you think they will go next?

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Playing Bingo For Those In Need

Over the past year, our community in Albertville, Alabama has been playing Bingo to help those in need!

Each Monday the residents of Albertville play Bingo for quarters. Many of those who participate donate their quarter prizes back to the “pot”.

Turns out those quarters can add up to something pretty special!  With the money raised, the community sponsored two children in the local Christmas Coalition. The residents bought Christmas gifts for two under privileged children. The photo above shows many of the wonderful gifts the community was able to purchase.

Bingo continues every Monday with a weekly turnout of 15-25 residents.   It takes all year to collect enough quarters to sponsor two children and get the everything they need. The gifts included clothes, (socks, underwear, warm coat, pj’s, jeans shirts) toys and bicycles!

The community is abuzz with Bingo every Monday and everyone is looking forward to helping out again this year.

Way to go Albertville! We admire your giving and can’t wait to see this year’s gift.

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Love Blooms At Merrill Gardens

Over the years, we have shared so many great stories at Merrill Gardens. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we would like to share with you some of our favorite stories about love and friendship.

Romance At The Creekside

Mary lives at The Creekside (WA). She says she was a ‘late bloomer’ and did not have her first kiss until she was in college at the age of 18. She said that after that she had to kiss a lot of frogs before she finally found her prince Don! They have been married for 60 years!

Love Blooms in Lancaster

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. To read their full story, click here.

Trudy and Daneil’s story makes our heart melt!

A Colorful Love

Barbara lives at Merrill Gardens at Gilroy (CA) “‘I got married on Valentine’s day. You see I really wanted to have a red wedding, so my choices were Christmas or Valentine’s Day. I wore white of course, but I had all the guests and my groom wear red. I carried a white bouquet with a red ribbon. My bridesmaids all wore red dresses with red flowers. Red is my favorite color you see. I got married on Valentine’s Day, not for romantic reasons, but for aesthetic ones!”

A Queen Anne Love Story

 Another story we love is from Frank and Nancy at Queen Anne. They both moved into the community when it first opened. Neither of them expected to find love but they got to know each other when Frank asked Nancy to dance at a community event and the rest is history! They fell in love, got married on November 8, 2007 with the reception held at Merrill Gardens. He is now 91 and she is 87 and they say they have a new lease on life.

Cheers to you Frank and Nancy!

A Memorable First Kiss

Myrtle lives at Merrill Gardens at Florence (AL) “My first kiss was when I was in 1st grade. He was a handsome young man that I went to school with. I started to school with him in elementary and went all the way through high school with him. He even reminded me of our kiss at the last high school reunion… a long 60 years later!”

Keep Smiling

Leonard and Helen have been married for almost 12 years. They had been friends for 38 years when they both lost their spouses. Their love grew out of friendship when they were both widowed. They say the key to marriage is to keep smiling and hang in there!

A Story of Friendship

When Carol moved into Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill in San Diego, she thought one of the other residents looked familiar. Turns out she and Pat are both part of the class off 44’ at Milwaukeee Downer, now called Lawrence College, in Appleton, WI. The two are thrilled to be reunited and have become fast friends again!

Love & Patience

Jack & Alfie have been married for 56 years. Jack says the key to marriage is to have lots of patience and to work through all of your problems because love will bring you back together.

We can’t wait to hear more great stories in the years to come! Which was your favorite?

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