Born in Dallas’s Baylor Hospital, Jerry Word has spent nearly her entire life in the Lone Star State. And like any good cowgirl would, when she saw the one for her, she kicked up her spurs and went after him.
“I met my husband through my brother,” she recalls with a smile. “He was in college and he threw the Sunday morning paper with my brother. A friend and I really thought he was cute so we’d always make sure we were outside when he came by to throw the newspaper.”
Her forensic work paid off when said cute delivery boy was approached by Word’s brother, who had a date on a Saturday night, but no car to drive in. Her future husband had the car, but no date. He agreed on taking the boy’s sister and the rest is history.
“I chased him until he caught me,” Word says with a laugh.
Her husband brought her a lifetime of laughs, joy, and a huge family. His own life ended last Thanksgiving at age 90 after 68 years of marriage.
“He lived a long life and was a wonderful husband,” Word remembers. “But it was very hard when he was gone. It was very hard to be alone.”
Fortunately for Word, when her husband went to the next life, she wasn’t alone. The two of them had been living at Rittenhouse Village At Spring Creek four about four years. Located in Garland, the facility was close to home and full of familiar faces to look to and shoulders to cry on for West.
It would have been easy for them to stay elsewhere. With her husband a mechanical engineer all those years, the two raise a family of five children who produced nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
“We got to where we couldn’t drive anymore, and I needed more help than I could get with us living alone,” Word remembers. “We didn’t want to impose on the kids, we’d had such a lovely time with them growing up, so we moved over here.”
The ease of the move surprised Word, as did how much care she and her husband were given in all facets of their lives.
“This place, everything is furnished for me,” she says. “They have all your medicines, they bring them to you when you’re supposed to have them, they clean the apartment once a week, and they take us shopping once a week for our necessities.”
And while it is assisted living, Word has no shortage of activities to keep her busy during the day.
“We play bingo three times a week - you get a quarter if you win a game, or a dollar if you win the jackpot, that’s always fun,” she says. “I have my own group of three people that I play dominoes with at dinner, and there are puzzles to do as well. It’s a nice community. We go on the bus to eat out a couple of times a month and to doctor’s appointments. They help us live. That’s where I am, and it’s just the best place.