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Meet Edna Timpson
She was born in Toronto, Canada on May 23, 1913. (Yes, that’s right, she turned 101 this year!) In Toronto, she grew up with three brothers although she had a total of five siblings. Growing up, she was always singing in choirs and music groups and joined her first choir group when she was around five or six years old.
After she was married, she and her husband had a close group of friends who square danced together. They would take a bus and travel to various places which lead them to be named “The Traveling Squares”. They traveled through Toronto, Ottawa and even Nova Scotia. She had a great babysitter who would stay and watch her children when she and her husband traveled for square dancing. Later on in her life, she would travel to San Diego often to visit her son and two grandsons.
Edna’s favorite color is green. For fun, she enjoys playing bridge and listening to all kinds of music; which she has always had a love for. Edna worked for many years as a teacher and “taught grade school for what seemed like forever.” She enjoyed teaching first grade the most because she liked the fact that she was giving students their first impression of school.
She worked hard to instill a love for learning in her students and taught them to be great readers by teaching phonics (even though it was unpopular while she was teaching). The inspector in her school recognized her hard work and declared that her students could read better than the second grade students! She enjoyed starting children off with the right attitude regarding school. Edna always had huge classes of forty-two or forty-three students. She worked very hard as a teacher and took pride in her students, finding their success to be very satisfying.
My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!
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