Meet Woodlands Resident Carol Kelley

Carol was one of the first residents to move into The Woodlands almost 13 years ago. After a visit to a friend living at Harvest Hill, she decided this was the retirement community for her on a beautiful, wooded campus with large apartments, great views, and a lot of activities to choose from. The Woodlands was still under construction at the time, but as soon as it was open, Carol moved in.

“Everyone is very friendly and I feel safe living here. If you need help someone is always available and the food is really good,” Carol said.

Carol grew up in Little Falls, New York. She earned an associate’s degree in science from the  Suny School in Alfred, New York and worked in a laboratory at the University of Rochester Medical School. Carol’s husband was a physician and his career brought them to Hanover, New Hampshire where they lived for 43 years and raised two daughters.

Carol is very active in the community serving as the Social Team Leader, the group that organizes events like the monthly social gathering open to all residents on the first Wednesday of every month, the Ladies Lunch-Out monthly outing, and Pub Night every Friday. Carol enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction, especially history, and is also on the Library Committee. The Woodlands has a substantial library for residents with a room dedicated to hardcover books and one for paperbacks and magazines. Carol and the other library volunteers make sure books are checked back in and shelved properly.

“I’ve made a lot of friends here, most of them from working on various committees,” Carol said.

When she is not arranging social gatherings or helping to keep the library ship-shape, Carol enjoys going to the many exercise classes offered at The Woodland taught by professional instructors. She also likes to travel to visit her daughters and grandchildren. Her daughter in Maryland is a judge for the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington D.C. and when she is visiting they take in the many museums near the Capitol. She also loves visiting her daughter, a doctor like her father, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, spending time on the beach, and enjoying the many fun restaurants and shops in the area.

“The Woodlands is such a friendly place and the staff takes such good care of us. There are a lot of activities to choose from, a great menu with a lot of variety, and regular guest speakers,” Carol said.