In Her Words
Candid profiles of strength told by the women of Northbridge
Throughout the month of March we have collaborated to celebrate Women’s History Month and the rich history of the amazing women living in our communities. Their candid stories are brimming over with love, happiness, passion, family values and the markings of individuals who have truly lived well and loved life.
Alma’s Story (Resident of Laurelwood at The Pinehills)
What is your name?
What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?
My father was Ragnar and my mother was Marion. My sisters are Priscilla and Nancy.
How did your parents choose your name? Does it have a special meaning? Did you have any nicknames?
My father’s sister was named Alma so it does hold special meaning. The only nickname I had was Johny, a nickname my boss gave me.
When and where were you born?
I was born in February of 1925 in Lowell, Massachusetts.
What kinds of things did your family do together when you were young?
We went on Sunday afternoon drives.
What did you love to do with your friends?
We would hang out and talk.
What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects?
I attended Burlington Union (Grades 1-8), Bedford Jr. High School (9th), 10-12 Burlington, then Simmons College (Graduated in 1946) with a degree in Journalism and Publications.
If married, what is/was your spouses name? How did they propose?
My husband's name is Donald and he proposed on the third date.
Where have you lived?
Burlington, East Woburn, Belmont, Marshfield, Norwell, New Seabury, Marston Mills and Plymouth.
Have you had jobs? Who did your work for and what did you do?
I’ve worked at Sears, New England Telephone (Verizon) and as an Editorial Assistant.
What are your hidden talents?
Gardening and making Afghans.
What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life?
Kept on going, never quit.
Do you have holiday traditions? What do you do for the holidays?
Not anything special.
What are some of your favorite things?
Reading and Walking
Flower- African Violet
Book- Teddy Roosevelt
What are some personal experiences that have especially touched your heart?
I was sent to cover a major hurricane and covered telephone pioneers in Portland, Maine.
What are your favorite thing to do now?
I enjoy the exercise programs and reading.
What are your favorite experiences to partake in at Laurelwood?
Walking outside and the rides to the gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
What is your biggest piece of advice?
Put one foot in front of the other.
Sum your personality up in one word...