Never Wanting to be Anywhere Else: Continuing Care Community
“I had three mothers all my life,” she said with a laugh. “I feel I’m blessed by having a good childhood.”
With this close relationship, it is no surprise that Lucille and her two sisters came full circle to live in cottages near one another at The Village at Kelly Drive, a continuing care community with the Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania.
They had become familiar with the community prior to its opening having cleaned the buildings as part of their volunteer work through their church.
Over the years, Lucille became the first female county controller in York County. She had married and had a son, but was widowed at the age of 38. It was 10 years later when she remarried and eventually Lucille worked for the director of the Bureau of County Audits and became an administrator for the Department of Revenue in the York office.
When it came to her future, she knew that she would eventually return to The Village at Kelly Drive. Seeing firsthand how happy and secure her sister was had also inspired her to make the move.
“I knew when I volunteered here that this is where I wanted to be,” she said. “I wanted to be independent as long as I could and take advantage of all the activities they have.”
Lucille and her second husband moved into their cottage 15 years ago. His passing, however, prompted her to move into one of the independent apartments to be close to her sisters who were in the assisted living unit at the time.
Maintaining her volunteer efforts throughout the community and for the Salvation Army, Lucille felt a sense of pride recently as she was able to enjoy the celebrations of the Village’s 50th anniversary which she said included good entertainment and a wonderful worship service. Now, she looks forward to even more anniversaries at the home she has known most of her life.
“This place has just fit in with my lifestyle, I never want to be any place else,” she said.