This month, Virginia of Pacifica Senior Living Bakersfield turned 101. Over the last 100 years, she has seen many changes, from political to environmental, advances in technology, and the globalization of the world. We reached out to Virginia to hear a little bit about what these past 101 years have taught her, and what wisdom she wanted to share with others - whichever generation they are from.
A Little About Virginia:
Virginia was born in Lebec, California on September 11th, 1921. She lived and was raised in California, alongside her siblings. Today, she has grown into a kind and lovely lady with a caring heart and wonderful soul.
She now resides at Pacifica Senior Living Bakersfield, where she is known affectionately as “Ms. Hospitality.” Virginia received this name due to her open and welcoming spirit. She has the gift of making everyone feel welcome and ensuring that everyone is always doing alright. Her warm and inviting demeanor is a great welcome for new residents and provides a friendly environment to all.
We asked Virginia to answer a few questions about life lessons she has learnt throughout her life. As always, she was kind and caring in her words and wisdom.
- What was the most important lesson you’ve learned in your 101 years on Earth?
“Keep quiet and don’t say much”
- What was your first job?
“In my late teens I worked at a theater selling tickets. I was a Demo girl for a Penny Wide Store, and I also worked at Oscar Myers.”
- What has been the best day of your life thus far, and why?
“The day I got to get married to the love of my life. I married Emmitt on October 11th, 1940 and we were married for 67 years!! We were blessed with a daughter and a son, and I now have four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.”
- Who has influenced you the most?
- If you could go back to any age, what age would you choose and why?
“A teenager - who am I kidding!”
- What makes you happy?
“Being content with what I have, and my children”.
Virginia celebrated her Birthday on September 11th with cake, balloons, and lots of love. Pacifica Senior Living Bakersfield is honored to be able to share her stories and kindness, and learn from her many years of wisdom. Happy Birthday, Virginia!
Come visit Pacifica Senior Living Bakersfield and meet our wonderful residents, like Virginia. Schedule a personalized tour, and enjoy a complimentary meal to get to know the Pacifica Difference for yourself. We can't wait to welcome you home!