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!