Lois Clarke has been a resident of Harvest Hill since 2008, and today, serves as the interviewer for the community’s resident-generated newsletter, Hillwinds. Each month, she chats with new residents to ask probing questions about their lives and backgrounds. But the tables have turned! Get to know Lois Clarke better below in our newest resident profile.
Lois Clarke arrived at Harvest Hill in 2008 with her husband Malcolm. The couple moved from Pennsylvania to be closer to their daughter after it became clear Lois could no longer be the sole caregiver for her husband, who had Alzheimer’s. After six months, it was decided Malcolm would fare better at a nursing home.
Today, Lois, who is originally from Great Britain, lives on her own at Harvest Hill and is happy with her choice to remain, citing the care available to residents, the delicious food, excellent quality living accommodations and the community’s vibrant social schedule. In her spare time, Lois said she enjoys writing for the resident newsletter, doing artwork and socializing with her friends.
“We’re well looked after here,” said Lois. “The nursing staff is terrific; they have great chefs and we’re fed extremely well! It’s a pleasant atmosphere and there are so many social opportunities. And because our community is small, one gets to know everyone. All you need is a few good friends and that’s what I have.”
Looking back at her earlier life, Lois described being a young woman in Britain in the aftermath of World War II with plans to immigrate to Canada with her fiancé. Unfortunately, said Lois, he arrived six months earlier and met another woman, then broke up with her in a letter!
But Lois, whose mother was from British Columbia, bravely decided to journey to Canada on her own anyway, meeting up with her mom’s relatives at the ship. Shortly after, she got a job in Montreal and met her beloved husband, Malcolm. The couple went on to have three children, two of whom are still living: Nancy, a semi-retired engineer who lives with her husband, Bruce, in New Hampshire, and Kyle, who is the office manager of one, himself, at the Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California.
Malcolm was employed for a time at Canadair, said Lois, and then, following a year of job training in England, moved the family to the U.S. for a new start. They lived in Massachusetts and later moved to Pennsylvania, where Malcolm worked for 25 years at the company now known as Novartis.
Citing Harvest Hill’s many amenities, frequent social opportunities, her attractive apartment and close friends, Lois says her life at Harvest Hill today is thoroughly enjoyable and comfortable.
“It’s just very nice here,” she said. “I have a beautiful apartment on the second floor overlooking the gazebo, plus my sweet daughter lives in New London and kindly comes to visit me every two weeks!”
Thank you for the interview, Lois! We’re happy you’re a part of the Harvest Hill community.