Senior Residents

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ElderSource recognizes award winners during annual “A Night with the Stars” event

ElderSource recognizes award winners during annual “A Night with the Stars” event

It was an evening of celebrations and recognitions at “A Night with the Stars” — ElderSource’s annual event celebrating “individuals and organizations that work with seniors and their caregivers as well as other outstanding senior advocates.” ElderSource is a Jacksonville organization devoted to empowering “people to live and age with independence and dignity in their […]

The Way We Were: Cookie Davis

The Way We Were: Cookie Davis

Carranna Shirley Faling was quite a long name for such a cute little girl. It was a mouthful for a mother to say, too. The year was 1941, when Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead were popular comic strip characters. They had a daughter named Cookie. So, Cookie Faling it is, her mother had decided. Since there […]

Community comes together to help WWII vet achieve a goal

Community comes together to help WWII vet achieve a goal

San Marco resident Rufus McClure was a paratrooper who served during WWII in a special division that was trained to invade Japan. “I was in Europe when President Harry Truman gave the orders to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After that, the war was over. Instead of getting shipped to Japan to possibly […]

The Way We Were: Marlene Goodwin

The Way We Were: Marlene Goodwin

Marlene Goodwin is a Jacksonville native, as were her father and his parents. She entered the world in 1936 at St. Vincent’s Hospital. She was the youngest of seven children and had a sister 18 years her senior who served as a second mom. Growing up on Colonial Avenue in Lakeshore, Marlene enjoyed playing hopscotch […]

The Way We Were: Elizabeth “Betty” Poag Reed

The Way We Were: Elizabeth “Betty” Poag Reed

Elizabeth Poag, now Betty Reed, knows Jacksonville from the top down: she was born in 1944 at the second location of St. Luke’s Hospital on the corner of Boulevard and 8th Streets, grew up in Northside, spent time in Arlington and Southside, and has lived in the Mandarin area for the last 40 years. Growing […]

Celebrating 100 Years of Serving Seniors

Celebrating 100 Years of Serving Seniors

The Florida Christian Center will celebrate its 100th Anniversary the week of October 10th, 2022. Activities for residents will include a resident talent show on Monday evening, a Fall Festival on Wednesday, and a dance party on Friday night. The culmination of the centennial celebrations is open to the community and will take place on Sunday, […]

The Way We Were: Connie Toney Andry

The Way We Were: Connie Toney Andry

Connie Toney Andry was born on May 1, 1952, the fourth in line of six. “Two boys, two girls, two boys,” she said. Her paternal grandparents, Tom and Mary Toney, had owned several commercial and residential properties along San Marco Boulevard. Her family lived in one of the apartments above Gene’s Barbershop that is now […]

The Way We Were: Rita Danese Taylor

The Way We Were: Rita Danese Taylor

On May 4, 2022, Rita Danese Taylor turned 100. For decades, it has been her habit to spend the entire month celebrating her birthday, and this year was no different. In late May, 180 guests gathered at Prince of Peace Parish Hall on Bennett Road for a party. A dozen people had travelled from various […]

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