When you first meet Tina, it is like meeting an old friend. Her friendliness makes you comfortable immediately. You can see the kindness in her eyes and hear the enthusiasm in her laugh.
Born in North Carolina she has lived sea to shining sea along with her parents and then with her own family. Spending time in Wisconsin and California she now finally calls Illinois home. After settling in DuPage County, she worked for Ovaltine in Villa Park before joining the DuPage County Government in the Microfilm Department, later combined into the IT Department for 25 years before retirement.
Life was busy between work and raising twin girls. Her daughters De Anne lives in Batavia, and Christine is an employee of the Care Center resides in Winfield. Today, she is blessed with six incredibly beautiful grandchildren who call her Mimi. Family who live locally and a plethora of friends at the Care Center keeps her happy and connected.
Ask anyone about Tina and compliments are abound from “Tina is the best, so friendly.” to “I’m grateful for Tina because when I came to the Care Center she was one of the first residents I met.” Christine, her daughter, says “that’s my Mom. Ms. Congeniality”. If you know Christine that can apply to her as well.
Calling the DuPage Care Center home for over 3 years she enjoys hobbies like gardening, ceramics, weaving and taking area trips arranged by the Recreation Department. Today she reaches out to her Center friends by phone or sometimes-virtual visits.
While 2020 and going into 2021 has been difficult due to COVID-19 isolation guidelines, Tina continues to play games weekly such as Bingo and Name That Tune. Recently there was movie night where residents were able to sit outside their room, in the hallway and watch a movie on a screen placed at the end of the hallway. For the folks near the end of the hallway were supplied with iPads where the movie was streamed for viewing and hearing purposes (The Foundation supplied the iPads to the Recreation Department for resident use and projects through donations.).
Recently Tina was featured on the local Chicago CBS TV station about life in a nursing home during COVID-19. To view this news segment click here.
Ask Tina about her life she says, “I’m in a good place and I feel cared for.” She adds she is grateful for EVERYTHING!