Senior Residents

All the latest news and stories about our neighborhood’s senior residents.

Senior living community hosts event, raises donations, supplies for students

Senior living community hosts event, raises donations, supplies for students

The Windsor at Ortega community, which provides assisted living and memory care for its residents, hosted a back-to-school supply drive and professional mixer on August 4 to help students at Ortega, Venetia and Timuquan elementary schools have a good start to the new school year. Those who attended were encouraged to donate school supplies and […]

The Way We Were: Holt and Betty Ann Graves

The Way We Were: Holt and Betty Ann Graves

Like the lace on Betty Ann Gordon’s dress the day she married Holt Graves at St. John’s Cathedral in 1980 the couple’s lives are intertwined and patterned in a beautiful and fitting filagree of family history. Betty Ann’s wedding dress had been worn by Holt’s mother, Tayloe Graves and several of his aunts; it was […]

Hyde Park grandmother takes on jet skiing

Hyde Park grandmother takes on jet skiing

As Percy Jones Russell approached her eighty-second birthday, COVID-19 and her husband’s health had kept her confined for the past couple of years, and the family felt it was time for her to get out and enjoy herself. “My sister, Kathy, encouraged our mother to do something totally different for her birthday,” said Terry Russell […]

DAR recognizes Cochran’s 50 years of volunteer service

DAR recognizes Cochran’s 50 years of volunteer service

50-year commitment to volunteering is unusual, and the Jacksonville Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution recently took the opportunity to recognize Avondale resident Carol Cochran’s half-century of service. Since 1971, when Cochran became a member of Shawnee Mission Chapter, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, to today, she has been an active volunteer […]

The Way We Were: Larry and Mary Jane McKnight

The Way We Were: Larry and Mary Jane McKnight

The story of Larry and Mary Jane McKnight began in the first grade at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School, and it continues today, seven decades later. Both of them were born and raised in the San Marco area of Jacksonville—Larry on River Oaks Road with one younger sister and Mary Jane on a street just off […]

The Way We Were: Janne and Jody Brandenburg

The Way We Were: Janne and Jody Brandenburg

She admits to being raised “like a brat” in Jacksonville. He grew up on a farm south of Florida City. She spent time in the limelight, in front of cameras, and on TV. He’s become known for his work with the bereaved in the death care industry. Their pairing has been compared to Mary Poppins […]

The Way We Were: Karen Buskirk

The Way We Were: Karen Buskirk

Some people give selflessly, not expecting any reward or return. They give because they believe that giving back is the only way to truly effect positive change. Karen Buskirk is one such person. “You can gripe and complain all you want, but if you don’t give back to make the community better, then you’re not […]

The Way We Were: Dr. Christian Berdy

The Way We Were: Dr. Christian Berdy

Since 1975, Dr. Christian Berdy has been a well-known Jacksonville periodontist, a specialist in the treatment of gums. His life can be characterized as one of perseverance and selflessness. Berdy’s parents were born in Austria and met in a Jewish refugee center in France in the late 1930s. Berdy was born in occupied France in […]

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