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Resident Spotlight: Catherine Lamar

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date December 20, 2020

This month we had the sweetest new resident move in to our Mountainview building of Independent Living, Catherine Lamar! I had the pleasure of hearing a little bit about her life and background and wanted to share with you all so you can get to know her a little better and welcome her into the Kirkwood Family!

Ms. Lamar is originally from Columbus, GA but shortly after graduating from Huntington College and marrying her husband, she moved to Montgomery, AL where she lived for 60 years until moving to Kirkwood this month! She has lived a full life with a long career, lots of family and friends, and wonderful time serving her church and ministry and for that she is grateful.

Catherine’s career was spent in Public Relations (with a short spell as a school teacher) and she loved working in PR for her alma matter, Huntington College, in the office of alumni relations. She also did PR for multiple state departments. Besides her fulfilling career path, Catherine also has some hobbies she picked up along the years including cooking, sewing and volunteering with different ministries at her church – First United Methodist in Montgomery. She said that she thinks what she will miss most about Montgomery will be her church, her Sunday school class, and the volunteer work she was able to participate in with them.

Moving to a new city can be a tough transition but we are so happy to add Ms. Lamar to our community! When I asked her what drew her to Kirkwood, she said, “when I saw this setting in the woods, something struck a chord in my heart and I didn’t want to look anywhere else.” She knew she wanted to reside where she could enjoy nature and have a balcony to look over God’s creation. She also mentioned that she has so appreciated how kind everyone has been and has so enjoyed meeting new people and the dining options at Kirkwood.

Catherine’s daughter and son-in-law live down the road in mountain brook and her grandson and granddaughter also live locally so she is happy to be close by to family. This holiday season she is focusing on the celebration of the Christ child in her heart rather than the things we may be mission out on in this season of Covid. What a wonderful positive outlook she has that we can all learn from! It isn’t about the people you are with or the fun traditions you get to participate in this Christmas season, it is about preparing our hearts to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world! Thank you, Catherine, for these words of wisdom and for sharing a bit about you with our community. We are so happy to have you at Kirkwood!

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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 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

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

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

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

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident