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.
Isabel’s Story (Resident of Bayberry at Emerald Court)
What is your name?
What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?
My mom and dad were Charles and Sadye and I am an only child.
How did your parents choose your name?
I wasn’t there at the time.
Does it have a special meaning?
I don’t like it.
Did you have any nicknames?
When and where were you born?
I was born in Brooklyn, New York in May 1932.
What kinds of things did your family do together when you were young?
My mother sang and my father played the piano.
What did you love to do with your friends?
We went to the movies.
What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects?
PS247, High School of Music and Art in the Bronx, Valley College in San Fernando, California.
If married, what is/was your spouses name? How did they propose?
My husband's name was Harmon and we eloped.
What are your children’s names?
Alton, Mitchell and Robyn.
What are some special memories you have about your children?
They were just the best.
Where have you lived?
Brooklyn NY, Connecticut, West Coast, and Cape Cod. One of my sons bought me a house on Cape Cod.
Have you had jobs? Who did your work for and what did you do?
I worked at an agency getting jobs for other people. I also went to show rooms and sketched the new fashions for magazines. I was secretary to the director at united artists (which was later bought by MGM). I was able to meet many famous actors such as Cary Grant (my idol) and Peter Fonda. Cary Grant came into my office and I noticed that he was starting to get a cold so I went out and got him a get well card and he called back to the office to personally thank me for doing that since he had never had that happen before and thought it was very nice. I also got to escort Cary Grant to the new Cary Grant Theater. My idol was always Cary Grant.
What are your hidden talents?
I don’t have any hidden talents, I let it all hang out. I love Painting and Drawing.
What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life?
I always said to myself that this could be worse. Also, make everything a joke.
Do you have holiday traditions? What do you do for the holidays?
I celebrate the holidays at Bayberry now but I used to cook for Thanksgiving and have everyone over.
What are some of your favorite things?
Going to the Museum in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum in New York
Flower- Red Roses
Book- Gone with the Wind
Song- Gilbert and Sullivan
Foods- Real Italian Food, Veal Parmesan
Pet- A Pomeranian dog named Brownie
What are some personal experiences that have especially touched your heart?
Meeting Cary Grant.
What are your favorite thing to do at Bayberry?
The art classes, I love to paint and draw.
What do you hope for your children and grandchildren?
That they stay healthy mentally and physically.
What is your biggest piece of advice?
Do what you want to do. Be strong and don’t let anyone say you can’t do something that you want to do.
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