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Margaret Koehler Enjoys Healthy Lifestyle and Helps Others Do the Same at England Oaks

As a retired nurse, England Oaks resident Margaret Koehler had dedicated her life to the wellbeing of others, but after a series of personal medical scares she realized it was time to prioritize her own health. At the advice of her physician, she joined a gym and began putting her own physical fitness front and center. However, it wasn't long before Margaret turned her own therapeutic experiences into something that would benefit others. After 32 years of working as a nurse, she retired …

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Resident Pattie Milligan Welcomes Friends to the Garden and the Kitchen

If you are looking for England Oaks resident Pattie Milligan, you need only follow your nose to her backyard, a vibrant garden oasis, alive and vivid with colors and fragrances, making a visit a treat for the senses. "I just ordered five more rose bushes!" she said smiling. While her green thumb alone would give anyone garden envy, Pattie's talents extend from the garden to the kitchen, where her reputation for preparing delicious, home-cooked meals, together with her generous hospita…

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Meet England Oaks Residents Ward and Linda Crowe

It was in 1995 when Ward walked into the insurance company where Linda worked, on the pretense of buying a policy to cover his truck. But there was something about Ward's flirtatious manner that made Linda question his motivations. "It was obvious that he was not there to buy insurance," she said with a smile. Ward left without a policy, but managed to finagle something even better – Linda's phone number. Two years later they were married. Around 2007, the couple moved to Englan…

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Meet England Oaks Resident Advisory Board Member Linda Yeager!

One of the first people you'll meet when you move to England Oaks Adult Living Community is Resident Advisory Board member Linda Yeager. Armed with a welcome basket full of goodies and a warm smile, the former beautician and barber is a 16 year resident of England Oaks. Drawn to the lifestyle and the beautiful grounds, Linda was just under the age requirement for the 55+ community when she first moved in. "My husband was 55, so I got in on his coattails!" she laughs. Linda quic…

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Coming Home to England Oaks

Wherever life takes England Oaks resident Robbie Gill, she is sure to provide a great soundtrack. Originally from Germany, Robbie grew up in a musical family where she learned to sing, play piano, recorder and the accordion. After college, she and her brother formed a band that toured Europe. When she moved to the US in 1982, she performed in a country music show: "Super Country USA" in Alexandria. She's lived all over the country, but when she decided to retire, it was Alexandria that c…

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Meet England Oaks Resident Carpenter: Gerald Turner

As a young boy, growing up on a farm, Gerald built his own toys: first a wooden tractor, then a miniature barn. Nowadays, his custom creations–most of which he gives away to friends and family–include book shelves, cutting boards, TV cabinets and even a super-sized dog house for his granddaughter’s five dogs. He’s built churches too. After retiring from John Deere, he spent 10 years traveling around the country with an organization called Laborers for Christ. “We would come i…

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Meet England Oaks Resident Historian Alice Scarborough

England Oaks Adult Living Community resident Alice Scarborough never intended on speaking in public to people from all over the world, much less becoming the director of a major historical landmark. But from the moment she stepped foot in Kent House, almost 20 years ago, all that changed. "It just kind of took over my life," Alice explains. Completed in 1800 on a 1796 Spanish land grant, Kent House is one of the oldest standing structures in Louisiana. Together with its outbuildings, the…

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