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.
Jayne’s Story (Resident of Laurentide at Mashpee Commons)
What is your name?
What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?
My Father was William, my Mother was Maybelle and my brother as sister are Randell and Patricia.
How did your parents choose your name? Does it have a special meaning? Did you have any nicknames?
My father decided I should be named after my mother. My nick name was Bunty because the night before Jayne was born her parents were at an off-Broadway play called “Bunty pulls the string.”
When and where were you born?
I was born in June in New York City.
What kinds of things did your family do together when you were young?
We played board games when I was young.
What did you love to do with your friends?
We loved to ride bikes, play tennis and go swimming.
What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects?
I attended Newton High School. My favorite subjects were art, writing (especially poems) and English.
If married, what is/was your spouses name? How did they propose?
My husband's name was Robert. His special proposal was at a play, my friend told me to look “stage right” and Robert was holding a sign that said, “will you marry me!”
What are your children’s names?
My sons are Paul and William. William died at age 26, something I will never forget.
What are some special memories you have about your children?
A fond memory of my son Paul was when he graduated from high school and was the speaker for the class day. Paul always told me, don’t come down on the field if I get injured, but, if there is a stretcher involved, get down very fast!
Where have you lived?
I have lived in New York City, Bedford, MA, Auburndale, MA, and Newton Center, MA.
Have you had jobs? Who did you work for and what did you do?
I always wanted to work, my father thought I should be responsible. I chose acting. Many people are not aware but acting is hard work. In addition to acting, we had to paint the set and maintain the stage. In the Summer there was no back stage and we had to go outdoors and run around to the other side.
What are your hidden talents?
I am a frustrated artist! I love the art classes at Laurentide as I have fond memories of always painting dogs.
What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life?
My husband and I never considered that we had difficult times. We would handle together whatever was thrown our way and deal with it!
Do you have holiday traditions? What do you do for the holidays?
We always celebrated Christmas with a Christmas tree. My grandmother was Danish and made Danish pastries.
What are some of your favorite things?
Color-blue and yellow
Flower-bouquet of flowers
Song-”It Had to Be You”
Pet-Cats and dogs
What are some personal experiences that have especially touched your heart?
A personal experience that touched my heart was my son passing at such a young age. Something that you never get over.
What are your favorite things to do now?
Write letters, paint and make posters.
What are your favorite experiences to partake in at Laurentide?
What impressed me about Laurentide was the actual building and I love my deck! I chose Laurentide as my new home and have, on many occasions, commented on the way residents are treated here. Residents with memory care issues are treated with the love and respect at Laurentide. I love the associates and how caring they are to everyone. The word that always comes to mind is Dignity. I feel Laurentide is fun, loving, friendly and dignified. Most evenings after dinner you can find me fixing my beautiful nails and painting them what I call “Laurentide Blue.”
What do you hope for your children and grandchildren?
My son and daughter in law lived in Albany, NY for 3 years and then they found the perfect school for my grandson in East Sandwich. Paul's son is now living in a house in Newton and is happy and thriving in his new lifestyle. I am proud of Paul and Sue for doing everything they can for their son.
What is your biggest piece of advice?
To thine own self be true.
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