Resident Spotlight: Ann Rutland

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date January 28, 2021

This month our spotlight is our wonderful Independent Living resident, Ann Rutland!

Ms. Rutland was born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama and then attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College where she studied Political Science. Shortly after graduating, she married her husband, Goodloe Rutland, and moved to Birmingham where he was a mortgage banker and served on the committee for the Birmingham Civic Center as the Chair. 

The Rutlands raised 4 beautiful daughters and now have 9 grandchildren!They were married for over 50 years before his passing in 2018. Two of their daughters still live in Birmingham with their families and attend their home church, Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. Her other daughters and their families live in Mentone, Alabama and just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Ann moved to Kirkwood by the River in September of 2019, though, she is not the first from her family to be apart of our Kirkwood community! Her mother, and 3 aunts all lived here and experienced multiple of our levels of care. Ann spent lots of time here visiting these wonderful women throughout their retirement. Fifteen or so years later, after these relatives had passed on, Ann decided she was ready to join a retirement community and she said there was no where else she would have considered! 

Her favorite things about Kirkwood are the safety and comfort she feels while living here, the incredible nature and view she enjoys from her balcony, and most importantly her precious friends. Ms. Rutland even now calls one of her long-time friends from early motherhood “neighbor” here at Kirkwood! That friend is Jeanette Hancock, Ann and Jeanette met when their daughters were in a play group together during their early years. 

The things Ann misses most about life “before corona” are the freedom to be out and about in Birmingham, participating in social activities and seeing all of her friends regularly. I’m sure the rest of us completely agree!

The last question I asked Ms. Rutland was “who would you like to have a meal with? It can be anyone from the past, present, or future!” The person she would like to have a meal with would be her grandfather. Ann loves genealogy and history and wishes she could ask her grandfather questions about his life and seeing the world change from the time he was born in 1872 all the way to the end in 1970. 

We are so very thankful for Ann Rutland, she is such a beautiful person inside and out and I hope you enjoyed getting to know her a little bit better!


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My time at Kirkwood was spectacular; they taught me how to walk again. The staff was outstanding, and the care was beyond reproach. When I arrived, I had a long way to go. I was very sick. The first night, they had to lift me as I could not move by myself. When I left, they were chasing me down the hallway. They taught me how to perform the activities of daily living again. It was the best care I could have prayed for, and on top of that, the food was spectacular.

Eli Gold Past Resident

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents