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.
Roxy’s Story (Resident of Bayberry at Emerald Court)
What is your name?
What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?
Parents: mom was Rose and dad was Jacob, they are Armenian and Turkish, both from Turkey. She has 4 siblings, 2 sisters: Sarah and Bertha and 2 brothers: Vaha and Leo. According to Roxy, “we used to ride on the back of my brother, Vaha’s motorcycle, we were all part of the gang, he wouldn’t go anywhere without me until he got a girlfriend.”
How did your parents choose your name? Does it have a special meaning? Did you have any nicknames?
Roxy’s nickname at Avita is Foxy Roxy.
When and where were you born?
Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts in April 1918- she’s 100 years old.
What were your favorite subject in school?
Roxy was taught to speak 3 languages: English, Turkish and Armenian.
If married, what is/was your spouses name? How did they propose?
Roxy got married in Salem, New Hampshire to Avedis. According to Roxy, “we called him Eddie, he was a good father, he loved my son, he gave my son the world.”
What are your children’s names?
Roxy has a son named Harry and 2 grandchildren.
What are some special memories you have about your childhood?
Roxy is very fond of her parents who owned a farm, a 72 acre estate in Salem, New Hampshire. When talking about it Roxy got very excited and said, “we had 24 cows, 6 horses, chickens, sheep, oh god we had hens and chicken and roosters, we worked hard we were kids but we had a job to do.”
Have you had jobs? Who did your work for and what did you do?
Roxy lived and worked on the family farm.
What are your hidden talents?
Her talents were cooking, dancing, making clothes for her children and nurturing others in need.
What are some of your favorite things?
Color- I like all colors because I used to sew a lot
Foods- Armenian food-stuffed peppers and stuffed tomatoes
What did you like to do for fun?
When asked what she did for fun Roxy said, “I used to Armenian dance for an organization and raise money for the orphanage.” She also belonged to a club that would Armenian dance at fairs and often helped raise money for people in need.
What do you hope for your children and grandchildren?
I want them to always be themselves and do the best they can.
What is your biggest piece of advice?
Roxy’s secret to her many years is, “don’t let stress get to you, and love everyone.”