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Resident Myrna Tucker is Thriving at The Fountains

Residents aren’t the only ones who appreciate retirement community living. So do entire families. Find out why.

“I was up on 10 acres by myself with my dog and they were just worried about me being there by myself.” – Myrna Tucker, resident of The Fountains at Greenbriar

You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Myrna Tucker on Thursday, November 12th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)

Myrna Tucker takes the stairs whenever she can. That’s the kind of gal she is and always has been. Active and self motivated, she attended night school for 13 years in order to obtain her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Her perseverance paid off with a career in education. Born in Independence in 1937, Myrna met her husband during night school. She taught in Independence and Oak Grove for a combined 29 years and raised three children. They were married 40 years before he passed away. Today, she’s a happy grandmother of 11 kids plus two greats. Everyone, including her dog Benji, is happy she made her move to The Fountains when she did. Now instead of being stuck home alone, she’s loving life in a community of friends.

Retirement community living is a godsend to working families who would otherwise be worrying constantly about their loved ones. Even when they live nearby, as Myrna’s family does, it’s hard for today’s busy families to check in as often as they’d like. Have you ever stopped to think how grateful and relieved your own family would be if you were in an environment you loved? Myrna Tucker hadn’t ever considered moving until her children made the suggestion. Now she’d never go back. You just don’t know what’s best for you and your family until you explore your options. Why not start today? “They just showed me The Fountains and it’s very nice and so I decided yes I would try it. And I’ve been here a year and I’m satisfied.” – Myrna Tucker

Myrna couldn’t see what her kids could. It took her kids to convince her that it was a good idea to turn in the car keys and join a supportive community of friends. She didn’t like the idea at first, but she decided it wouldn’t hurt to try, as long as she could bring her beloved Benji along. Taking that chance paid off. “I was used to three bedrooms and so with one bedroom and a nice living room and a small kitchen I thought, ‘Well, I can do this.’ You know because I just kept thinking I am so lucky that I have children who are concerned about me.” – Myrna Tucker

Myrna likes people and it didn’t take long for her to make new friends. Getting places is never a problem and she doesn’t miss cooking one bit. Is it any wonder she considers herself lucky? “I became active. I work in the library and teach what they call a huff and puff class, an exercise class four days a week. I’m co-chairman of the library now and you know, I just try to make myself keep busy. It’s a big change but sometimes life is a big change all the time every day.” – Myrna Tucker


Meet Myrna in person over a cup of coffee in our Gallery Café or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-816-425-2157 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.

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