Here is Arlene to share her story.
1. What is one of your most cherished memories?
My two great grandchildren were born during the coronavirus pandemic. They’re twins. Thank god, we are blessed that they’re healthy and everything is okay. They’re 6 months old now. I got to meet them and hold them, which was very special to me. They’re adorable, naturally.
2. What has been your greatest accomplishment?
I don’t have many, but I would say my children are my greatest accomplishment. I have two sons, and my daughter-in laws I consider like my real daughters. They’re very good to me. I have five grandchildren and their spouses too. Their spouses are like grandchildren to me too. So really, it’s like I have 10 grandchildren. Once they get married they’re all family to me.
3. What advice would you give to your younger self or a younger generation?
To live every minute. Really. You don’t realize it when you’re living life. I had a wonderful husband. We were married 62 years and never had one fight. Our keyword was communication. We would discuss things together. Sometimes we didn’t agree. He had his opinion and I had mine, and that’s life. I had a good life. I am very thankful and really can’t complain.
4. Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
My grandmother. She was the woman who raised me. She was absolutely wonderful.
5. What do you love most about where you are today?
Having the staff at Paul’s Run be here for me every day. I can’t say enough good things about them. They’re wonderful. They’re always around when you need them and they are so caring.